Selected Shorts

Sunday 5PM-6PM

Hosted by Isaiah Sheffer,Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story presents some of the finest artists in American theater and screen reading short fiction by classic, contemporary and bold new writers. Each program is recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. The programs have featured works by master writers, from Chekhov to Wharton and Hemingway; stories by contemporary greats from John Updike to Alice Walker; and the fresh works of new literary talents, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa Lahiri to promising newcomers like Rattawut Lapchararoensap and Etgar Keret.

Let Us Tell You a Story. Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life. 



  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:18am
    Novelist Michael Chabon offers a sweet tribute to his Mom’s cooking in “Art of Cake,” It’s read by David Furr. Tony-winner Robert Sean Leonard is gripped by fatal attractions in Mark Strand’s “True Loves,” and Colman Domingo reads a rite-of-passage story by Justin Torres—“Trash Kites.” We also visit a pie shop.
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:35am
    On this program, two stories in which adult children try to make sense of their parents’ lives. Leonard Nimoy reads the Delmore Schwartz classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” and Kate Burton reads Tess Gallagher’s “The Lover of Horses.”
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:33am
    On this program, marriage and other complicated relationships. A woman confesses and a husband and wife renegotiate in two stories by Sherman Alexie, “Scenes from a Life” and “The Vow,” read by Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn; people become clouds in a story by Joe Meno, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and guest host Jane Curtin reads “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:46pm
    Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about compulsion. W.W. Jacob’s classic chiller “The Monkey’s Paw” features a sinister relic with a curse. The spine-tingling read is by Lithgow himself. Next, a poor woman, who makes living by giving people the right words for every occasion, entrances a guerilla leader. Lisa Fugard reads Isabele Allende’s “Two Words.”
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:46pm
    Guest host John Lithgow raises the curtain on five funnies, beginning with Dorothy Parker’s hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” Then comic Wyatt Cenac offers up a quirky life story by Simon Rich, “Unprotected,” who also imagines what God would have done on the seven days of Creation if his girl friend had complained, in “Center of the Universe.” More spiritual highjinks from Ron Carlson—could there be a tablecloth of Turin? And Alec Baldwin gives a zesty read of a James Thurber classic, “The Day the Dam Broke.”