TAGGED: Daphne du Maurier | Kathryn Erbe | La Sainte-Vierge | michael cerveris | New York Review of Books | Paul Giamatti | Pilgrimage to Earth | Robert Sheckley
Guest host Michael Cerveris presents two stories about untrue love. Both were featured as part of a special program–hosted by Paul Giamatti–celebrating the vintage reprint series, New York Review of Books Classics, which reprints older works that the Review thinks should have a second life.
First, a devoted wife worships her sailor husband in Daphne du Maurier’s “La Sainte-Vierge,” read by Kathryn Erbe. English writer du Maurier is famous for classic thrillers like Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The Birds, and Don’t Look Now, but this story is a subtle tale of love and marriage in a small fishing village. Reader Kathryn Erbe is best known for her work on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Oz.”
Our second story is a science fiction classic by prolific author Robert Sheckley, who wrote hundreds of short stories and contributed scripts to films and television. In his introduction to the live performance, Paul Giamatti, who also reads the story, said Schekley often wrote about people–or creatures–who don’t find the world–or worlds–as they imagined them. This is certainly true of “Pilgrimage to Earth,” in which a futuristic traveller from a distant planet comes to Earth to find its only remaining commodity: love.
Giamatti is currently featured in the television series “Billions.” Other credits include the films “American Splendor,” “Cinderella Man,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Sideways,” and “Win Win,” as well as the television miniseries “John Adams” and “Downton Abbey.” On stage he’s appeared in “Arcadia,” “The Iceman Cometh” and “The Three Sisters,” among other works.