On this program, four stories involving art and artists. More


We celebrate the New Yorker writer and doyenne of the Algonquin Roundtable of literary wits, Dorothy Parker. More


Hope Davis introduces three fantasies in which things don’t go as planned. More


On this show, three fantasies in which things don’t go as planned. 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


Characters lose their bearings in the two stories on this program hosted by Parker Posey. First, Jay McInerney’s scathing look at the empty urban social life of the 1980s. His story “It’s Six A.M., Do You Know Where You Are?” became the basis for his best-selling novel Bright Lights, Big City and, as he told […] More


John Lithgow walks the dog, and Rick Moody tweets for love, in two stories presented by guest host Parker Posey. First Lithgow reads Lydia Millet’s charming “Sir Henry,” about a dignified dachshund, his aloof dog walker, and his celebrity owner, David Hasselhoff. She discusses the story in an interview with SHORTS’ literary commentator Hannah Tinti, […] 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


Romantic confusion and comic advice for the lovelorn are offered in the five stories on this program. More


If there were a recipe for this program, guest hosted by Parker Posey, it would say “just add happiness, and stir.” First, novelist Michael Chabon is the author of such sprawling and convoluted entertainments as The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, but his short essay “Art of Cake” offers […] More