TAGGED: "I Live on Your Visits" | "Snakebite" | Arthur Bradford | Celeste Holm | David Sedaris | Dorothy Parker | John Benjamin Hickey
Guest host David Sedaris presents two ruefully funny stories. Dorothy Parker was the doyenne of the Algonquin Round Table and famous for her sharply satirically stories featuring flappers, socialites and inadequate characters of all kinds. In the sharply observed “I Live on Your Visits,” she perfectly captures a boozy, possessive mother, and her embarrassed teenage son. The story was read by the late Celeste Holm, who enjoyed a rich film, theatre and television career that included classic movies like “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” for which she won the Supporting Actress Oscar, and “All About Eve.”
In our second story, Arthur Bradford’s “Snakebite,” a country wedding becomes a comedy of errors, and friendships are frayed. Bradford is the author of two short story collections, Dogwalker and Turtleface and Beyond. He’s been published in Esquire, McSweeneys, Zoetrope, Dazed & Confused, Tin House, and Vice, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Award.
Reader John Benjamin Hickey won a Tony Award for his performance in “The Normal Heart.” Other stage work includes “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” “Cabaret,” and “The Crucible.” On television he’s appeared on many shows including “Alias,” “Law & Order,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Heartland,” “In Plain Sight,” and “Modern Family.”