Marriages, love affairs, and other complicated relationships are explored in these four stories. First, two works by a SHORTS stalwart—Sherman Alexie. A woman confesses to a long-ago affair with haunting consequences in “Scenes from a Life.” In “The Vow,” a married couple renegotiates the terms of their contract. Alexie says the idea for this brief […] More


SELECTED SHORTS’ late host and creator Isaiah Sheffer died last November, and we’re marking the occasion with a repeat of this special program celebrating his work. It’s hosted by writer Colum McCann. Sheffer presided over SELECTED SHORTS for nearly thirty years, curating a wide range of classic and contemporary fiction from all over the world. […] More


Adult children untangle their pasts in two stories about fateful marriages and what comes down from parents to children. Delmore Schwartz’s classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” established his reputation as a new literary voice when it was published in 1937 in The Partisan Review. Written on his 21st birthday, it describes a surreal dream in […] More


Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about ‘the first time.’ Rick Moody’s playfully inventive “The Grid” uses the idea of Thomas Edison’s invention for threading electrical power throughout the country as an extended metaphor. In the story, a first kiss leads to a whole interconnected network of lovers and the moments in their lives […] More


SELECTED SHORTS celebrates its late host and creator Isaiah Sheffer in this special program hosted by Colum McCann. Isaiah Sheffer presided over SELECTED SHORTS for nearly thirty years, curating a wide range of classic and contemporary fiction from all over the world.  “Stories were our glue, Isaiah knew that,” says McCann.  “They had to be […] More


Here’s how Murakami Madness! begins – 7am and a bed littered with dozens of outfits and shoes (oh, the pressure of knowing Isaac Mizrahi will be appearing on stage later). Here’s how Murakami Madness! ends – backstage after the final curtain call, drinks all around, lots of laughter and great conversation. What happens in between? Let me tell you all about it. More