Life is fleeting in these three works presented by guest host Michael Cerveris. Andy Warhol complains about fifteen seconds of fame in excerpts from The Andy Warhol Diaries(1979-985) read by Denis O’Hare. The Pop icon comments wistfully on everything from unrequited love, to painting Dolly Partner (and another soup can!) to the cost of a taxi.
In our second story, Nicole Krauss’s “The Young Painters,” a novelist borrows someone else’s tragedy. The story was a pick by Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell at an evening he hosted at Symphony Space. Nicole Krauss is the author of the novelsMan Walks Into a Room, The History of Love and Great House. “The Young Painters” was originally published in The New Yorker. It’s read by Heather Burns.
Finally, a young boy and his grandmother in rural Ireland make a dramatic decision in Claire Keegan’s “The Burning Palms,” read by Patricia Kalember. Irish writer Keegan is the author of the story collections Antarctica and Walking the Blue Fields. She was the inaugural winner of the William Trevor Prize for Fiction.