Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories that are both sweet and sour.  Colin Nissan telescopes a marriage in “Wedding Announcement.”  The story first appeared in The New Yorker, to which Nissan contributes; he also writes for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and blogs for The Huffington Post.  This pithy story is read by John Cameron Mitchell, creator of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” On stage he’s also appeared in “Six Degrees of Separation” and “The Destiny of Me,” among other roles, and his television work includes “The Equalizer” and “Law & Order.”  He has directed the films “Shortbus” and “Rabbit Hole.”

In our second story, “The Eyes of the Soul,” A jaded housewife living in a dingy council flat gets a new outlook on life.  Writer Michel Faber is author of the bestselling The Crimson Petal and the White, and his multifaceted view of the world may be partly due to his own cosmopolitan circumstances—Dutch by birth, educated in Australia, and resident of Scotland.  Faber’s other works include the novels The Courage Consort, The Fire Gospel, and The Book of Strange New Things, as well as the story collections Some Rain Must Fall and The Fahrenheit Twins.“The Eyes of the Soul” is read by Kirsten Vangsness, best known as Penelope Garcia on the television drama Criminal Minds. She is also the executive producer and star of the feature film Kill Me Deadly and she regularly performs her one-person show Mess to sold-out houses around Los Angeles.  Vangsness was nominated for the LA Weekly best playwright of the year for her play Potential Space.

In our final story, James Lasdun’s “Lime Pickle, a teenage couple grows up too soon.   Lasdun, who was born in London but lives in the U.S., is the author of the story collections Delirium Eclipse and Other Stories, Three Evenings, Besieged, and It’s Beginning to Hurt; the poetry collections A Jump Start, Landscape with Chainsaw, and Woman Police Officer in Elevator; and the novels The Horned Man, Seven Lies, and The Fall Guy.   His essays and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He co-wrote the screenplays for the films “Signs and Wonders” and “Sunday,” which won Best Screenplay and Best Feature at the Sundance Film Festival.

Reader David Schwimmer is best known for his work on “Friends,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Additional television credits include the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Feed the Beast,” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”  He directed the films “Run Fatboy Run” and “Trust,” and has appeared in the films “Uprising,” “Nothing But the Truth,” and the “Madagascar” series. Schwimmer has appeared on stage in Broadway and regional productions, including “Some Girl(s),” “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” and  “Our Town.”  He can also be heard on the podcast thriller series “Homecoming.”

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