Leonard Nimoy and David Rakoff read stories by Raymond Carver and Bernard Malamud introduced by guest host David Sedaris. 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


Adult children untangle their pasts in two stories about fateful marriages and what comes down from parents to children. Jane Curtin hosts. 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 […] More


Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two American classics. The late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s story “The Veldt” was first published in 1950 in The Saturday Evening Post with the title “The World the Children Made,” which is a good description of what goes on in this eerie tale. It imagines the “model home” of […] 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


This week, we celebrate Central Park and the wonderful heartbreak of baseball. It’s not easy being green in New York City, but Central Park has been an oasis in a land of high rises since the late 19th century, and its natural beauty and unique character have inspired many writers. Some of those writings were […] More


The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program focusing on the mystery and allure of objects. In Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV” a court miniaturist longs to create smaller and smaller worlds.  Millhauser has commented on the fact that he moved from novels to short fiction—a reverse of the usual […] More


Family is our focus on this edition of SELECTED SHORTS.  Our first story, Peter Taylor’s “Porte Cochere,” is about an angry father, his children and his house. Our second, Alice McDermott’s “Enough,” portrays a mother seeking to get the most out of life. Peter Taylor’s “Porte Cochere,” was first published in The New Yorker in […] More


Four tales of loss and recovery in the past and present make up this varied program. Stories from Etgar Keret, Colson Whitehead, Jamaica Kincaid and Charles Johnson, with performances from Alec Baldwin, Leonard Nimoy, Laurine Towler and Ruben Santiago-Hudson. More