SELECTED SHORTS presented a program at the distinguished Southampton Writers Conference in 2015. It featured works that have been published in The Southampton Review, including an excerpt from Roger Rosenblatt’s critically acclaimed memoir The Boy Detective. As a child in New York City, Rosenblatt escaped a genteel home to invent a daring version of himself–a private eye investigating the mysteries of the city and its denizens. As a grown man, he revisits old sites and memories, and explores a protean sense of self. As you’ll hear in this excerpt, Rosenblatt finds many questions, such as Are ghosts real? Do all times co-exist? Are dreams truer than memories? still unanswered. The Boy Detective is read by SHORTS regular and “L.A. Law” alum Michael Tucker.
Also from the Southampton Writers Conference, we hear poet Billy Collins reading several of his works. The former United States and New York State poet laureate muses on summer traffic, missed opportunities, the intractability of cats, and how a drawing captures a rite of passage.
Questions and answers also abound in our final story, “Notes from a Lady at a Dinner Party,” by the renowned Jewish writer Bernard Malamud. A successful architect visits his old professor for supper, and is drawn into a dangerous flirtation with his young wife. The story was read by the late David Margulies, a versatile actor whose many stage, screen and television roles included roles in “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Angels in America.” In films he may be best known as the crusty New York mayor in “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II,” and he played Tony Soprano’s lawyer on “The Sopranos.”