Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories in which people find happiness in unexpected places. The first story , Michel Faber’s “Vanilla Bright Like Eminem,” is set on a train, where an American family vacationing in Scotland is caught in a moment in time, shot through with glimpses of the future. It was the pick […] More

Guest host Cynthia Nixon introduces two tales of avarice and pretension among the well-heeled and well-born. High society and high comedy unite these tales by Tom Wolfe and Edith Wharton. First up, a selection from Tom Wolfe’s classic 1980s Wall Street satire, The Bonfire of the Vanities. The 1987 novel was conceived by Wolfe as […] More

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents readings of three stories whose characters hope for love. In Rick Bass’s “Fires” a rural recluse is ignited by a long-distance runner. “Fires” is set in a remote part of Northern Montana, and literary commentator Hannah Tinti notes that Bass is an ardent environmentalist as well as a fiction writer. […] More

This program includes two stories featuring improbable events, one involving the 1960s, the other an uncanny go-to guy. The first story comes from an evening at Symphony Space devoted to the legendary 1960s.  Author Joyce Johnson published “The Fall of Texas” in The New Yorker years after the moment in 1962 that it chronicles, when […] More

Master storyteller Edna O’Brien on muses on love, death, and regret in two stories and a twisty tale from Robert Coover condenses the meaning of life. More