Neil Gaiman Halloween

October 30, 2014

Neil Gaiman’s Halloween

Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman hosts a Halloween special. Enough said.

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Writing Tools

October 24, 2014

Writers on Writing

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works in which writers muse on the act of writing. Three of the stories were featured in a special program in collaboration with New York University’s Creative Writing Program. The readings took place at Lillian Vernon’s Creative Writers House, an historic 19th-century townhouse in Greenwich Village. The event felt […]

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tiny but mighty

October 17, 2014

Tiny Tales from Lydia Davis with Guest Host Jane Curtin

Guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories by Lydia Davis, whose work is tiny, but mighty.  She’s known for her pithy miniature tales, sometimes as short as a single line, that nevertheless seem fully complete.  In 2013 she was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction.  Davis teaches creative writing at the […]

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Chance Encounter

October 10, 2014

Chance Encounters with Guest Host Jane Curtin

Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about chance meetings at night.  Many stories are about close relationships—husbands and wives, parents and children, close friends.  But the three stories on this program explore chance encounters between and among strangers whose lives intersect just long enough to reveal something new. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune” […]

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Greenwich Village

October 4, 2014

Next Stop, Greenwich Village with guest host Jane Curtin

Guest host Jane Curtin presents a celebration of Greenwich Village—bad girls, beatniks, Bob Dylan, smart girls in small apartments, and the Village Halloween Parade are all remembered fondly. “Here we live, here we love/This is the place for self-expression.” This is how Greenwich Village was described in the 1953 Broadway musical Wonderful Town. And you […]

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Dorothy Parker

September 26, 2014

You Might As Well Live: A Dorothy Parker Celebration with Guest Host Jane Curtin

“You might as well live” is the world-weary last line of one of Dorothy Parker’s more quoted ditties, “Resume.” It’s quintessential Parker—bite the bullet of life, ideally with a gin in one hand, and a pen in the other. Parker’s sardonic stories of socialites, and secretaries, and hapless men of all kinds reflected the post-Jazz […]

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September 19, 2014

Too Much Information with guest host Robert Sean Leonard

Robert Sean Leonard introduces two stories with way too much information. In Raymond Carver’s “Feathers,” two couples meet for an awkward dinner party that includes an ugly baby, a pet peacock, and a bust of crooked teeth. Leonard himself is the bemused narrator in this serio-comic work by an American master, from a program devoted […]

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September 12, 2014

Between Meals with guest host Robert Sean Leonard

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard introduces three stories in which eating and drinking are bound up with family, friends, and various kinds of emotional attachment. Two of these were performed at an evening devoted to the theme of food and dining at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. In Ann Beattie’s delicate piece “Where You’ll […]

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Couple Hands

September 5, 2014

Complicated Couples

A long marriage and the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of the nuclear age in stories hosted by Wyatt Cenac. Native American author Sherman Alexie offers a portrait of a marriage in “Do You Know Where I Am?” He comments that one of his intentions in this story was to look at educated, upper-middle class Native Americans, […]

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Boy at River

August 29, 2014

About Time with Guest Host Jane Curtin and the Hosts of ‘Radiolab’

Jane Curtin and Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich introduce stories about time, love and identity. The hosts of the storytelling science program Radiolab created a special program at Symphony Space featuring tales in which science and inquiry intersect with ordinary and extraordinary lives. We feature two of those stories on this program. First, Jenny […]

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