Guest host Denis O’Hare presents three stories that take things to extremes.  In Simon Rich’s “Distractions,” we learn about a global conspiracy.  Rich has an unerring instinct for the anxieties of modern life, among them the belief that unseen forces are preventing us from realizing our dreams.  Rich is an alum of the Harvard Lampoon, and this story was read at an evening celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Rich’s other published works include Ant Farm and Other StoriesFree Range ChickensWhat in God’s NameThe Last Girlfriend on Earth, andSpoiled Brats.   

Reader Errin Hayes has appeared on television in shows including “Childrens’ Hospital,” “The Winner,” “Worst Week,” “Guys with Kids,” and “Kevin Can Wait.”  She will appear in the forthcoming Amazon series “The Dangerous Book for Boys. 

Our next two stories were featured as part of a program at Stony Brook Southampton celebrating authors published in The Southampton Review.  First, the misanthrope in the late Douglas Lawson’s “Love in a Kitchen Garden” is cruel to his garden gnomes.   Lawson lived in Seattle, and was also published Minnesota Monthly. 

Richard Kind reads.  Kind has appeared on Broadway in “The Producers,” “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Sly Fox”, and “The Big Knife.”  His film credits include “Argo,” “A Serious Man,” “All We Had,” “The Visitor,” and “The Station Agent.”  On television he’s had leading roles on “Spin City” and “Mad About You,” as well being featured on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Gotham,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Burn Notice,” and “Red Oaks.”

 Our second story published in The Southampton Review is Emily Buckler’s “Brand Values,” a reality-bending tale about high-end leather, and the mild-mannered security guard who watches over it.    Author Emily Buckler is the studio manager of StoryStudio Chicago, where she oversees creative programming. She has taught English and Creative Writing in the U.S. and South Africa. An alumna of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program, her work has been additionally featured in Open Palm Print, The Volta Blog, and others publications.

Reader Maulik Pancholy is best known for his roles on “30 Rock” and “Weeds.” Additional television credits include “Whitney,” “Web Therapy,” “The Comeback,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and the animated series “Sanjay & Craig” and “Phineas & Ferb.”  His film credits include “27 Dresses,” “Hitch,” and “Friends with Money,” among others.   On stage he starred in “It’s Only A Play” on Broadway and has performed at The New Group, Culture Project, Samuel Beckett Theatre, and the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre.

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