September 24, 2016
From the dark mind of cult author Chuck Palahniuk (writer of such classic novels like Fight Club and Choke), "Zombies" is a tale of what happens when teens at a high school figure out a way to disengage with the pressure of life. It's a story anyone in modern life can relate to, and the powerful ending packs a wallop. Host Aparna Nancherla talks to Chuck about what inspired the story as well as books he loves.
September 21, 2016
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents a celebration of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, with a reading from the classic (by Joanna Gleason) and contemporary stories it inspired: Salley Vickers' "Reader, She Married Me," read by Chris Sarandon, and Audrey Niffenegger's "The Orphan Exchange," read by Tovah Feldshuh.
September 12, 2016
An abduction, a rejection, and a reconciliation in three stories presented by David Sedaris. A flirtatious girl is in peril in Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, read by Christine Baranski. A tender-hearted librarian parts company with her feral cats in Belle Boggs’ “Havahart,” read by Merritt Wever. In George Saunders’ “Sticks,” read by Anthony Rapp, a dysfunctional father reaches out to his family in a strange way.
September 8, 2016
Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories with animal connections. Old lovers take stock in Grace Paley’s “The Pale Pink Roast,” read by Linda Lavin. A boy loves his piggy bank, in Etgar Keret’s “Breaking the Pig,” read by Campbell Scott. And it’s man against dog in "Jerry and Molly and Sam," by Raymond Carver, read by Ana Gasteyer
September 5, 2016
Author, former SNL writer, and creator of the FXX show Man Seeking Woman Simon Rich wrote a humor piece in The New Yorker that’s a dark yet sweetly hilarious take on the classic 12-inch pianist joke and just like that, it was all over social media. Just in case you need some extra encouragement, Conan O’Brien tweeted it and called it “the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.” Host Aparna Nancherla calls Simon Rich to discuss his story.