Guest host David Sedaris, whose most recent book is Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, presents two stories about quiet times. Leonard Nimoy reads Raymond Carver’s classic “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” which is what perplexes the married couples sitting around drinking gin on a slow summer evening. Carver was arguably the most influential writer of contemporary fiction in the 1980s and 1990s. His published collections include Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?; What We Talk About When We Talk About Love; Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories; and Short Cuts: Selected Stories. The late Leonard Nimoy defied the limits of a genre-defined career to move beyond “Star Trek” to a distinguished career that included stage, photography, and many wonderful readings for SELECTED SHORTS.
It’s also summer in Bernard Malamud’s “A Summer’s Reading,” and a rootless young man is trying to find a path in life. Malamud is best know for his novel The Natural, but wrote many stories about the business of defining yourself as a person and an American. His works also include the novel The Fixer, and the collections The Magic Barrel, Rembrandt’s Hat, and The Complete Stories. The late David Rakoff was the reader, one of many quietly moving performances he gave with SHORTS. He was also the author of the essay collections Don’t Get Too Comfortable; Fraud: Essays; and Half Empty. His unexpected last work was the epic verse novel Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.