Three stories with animal connections by Grace Paley, Etgar Keret, and Raymond Carver. More


Guest host Jane Curtin presents a tribute to a long-time friend of SELECTED SHORTS, Leonard Nimoy, with two of his best readings. More


On this program, guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four stories about sitting down to a meal, or a drink, with surprising results. First, the novelist Henry Miller tells us about the dinner party from Hell in “Soiree in Hollywood.” The notoriety of Miller’s complicated, sexually charged novels—The Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, and The […] More


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four stories about parties--birthday parties, dinner parties, office parties—and what can go right and wrong. More


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 […] More


On this program, guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four stories about sitting down to a meal, or a drink, with surprising results. First, the novelist Henry Miller tells us about the dinner party from Hell in “Soiree in Hollywood.” The notoriety of Miller’s complicated, sexually charged novels—The Tropic of Cancer, Black Spring, and The […] More


We reprise a popular show from last season. 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 […] More


Two stories by Etgar Keret show the comic side of children’s fantasies. Parker Posey, who also hosts, reads “Glittery Eyes,” in which an entitled child yearns for the one thing she can’t have, and Willem Dafoe reads “What Animal Are You?”, whose exasperated narrator—a celebrated author whose home is invaded by a public television crew, […] More


Taking questions we gathered from fans on social media, these good friends discussed oh-so-many things. 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