Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about new beginnings and missed connections. The first is Philip K. Dick’s “Beyond Lies the Wub.” Dick was a prolific writer of fantasy and science fiction. A number of his stories have been made into films, including “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which was the inspiration for Blade Runner.
One of Dick’s fans is the graphic artist and writer Art Spiegelman. Spiegelman and his wife Francoise Mouly curated an evening of stories at Symphony Space, and chose “Beyond Lies the Wub,” which Speigelman introduces briefly here. Dick, he says, was not a great writer, but he was a great philosopher, whose sometimes ungainly fictions tackle large questions. In the case of “Beyond Lies the Wub,” the question is “What does it mean to be human?” Reader Denis O’Hare has played some human and inhuman characters, starring as a vampire in the television series “True Blood.” He also appeared in “American Horror Story.” His films include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Milk,” “Changeling” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” and on stage his work includes award-winning performances in the plays “Take Me Out” and “Sweet Charity.”
Our second of two stories about new beginnings is Lara Vapnyar’s “Waiting for the Miracle.” The young man is this story is fresh off a plane from Moscow, and can’t wait to experience the New York City of his dreams. Vapnyar was born in Russia, and writes a lot about the dislocating experience of being a newcomer in America. She contributes to The New Yorker and her published works include the novels The Scent of Pine and Still Here, and the short story collections Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love and There are Jews in My House. “Waiting for the Miracle,” first appeared in The New Yorker.
David Costabile is best known for his work on powerful television series such as “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Suits.” He is currently appearing in “Billions.”