'Selected Shorts' Podcast Club

  • July 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Consider this a book club with a 21st century twist! Each month we’ll gather to listen to a recent Selected Shorts podcast, an hour-long program produced by PRI (Public Radio International) and presented on NPR (National Public Radio) where stage and screen actors read a few pieces of short fiction. I like to think of this program as bedtime stories for adults, where we’re being ‘tucked in’ for the night with a good tale, or three. The actors don’t just read the stories in a dull monologue, they really bring it to life by giving the characters different voices, pausing for and/or giving emphasis at the right places, etc. It’s really a treat to listen to and a great way to be introduced to new authors. Sometimes it’s even good for a real laugh. We’ll follow the podcast with a discussion of the stories heard and whatever else might come up. Sound interesting? Here’s the theme and summary from the Selected Shorts podcast for February 17, 2013 as an example: Love and Longing 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. The reader is Ted Marcoux. In Willa Cather’s “A Singer’s Romance,” a turn-of-the-century diva has never known true love. Marian Seldes performs. “What Do We Have in our Pockets?” is the title of Etgar Keret’s guide to finding love - just have everything on hand he or she will ever need. The reader is David Rakoff.

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  • Timothy M.

    Great stuff yesterday, loved hearing everyone's thoughts. I think we have some great ideas for continuing on with the group moving forward.

    July 19, 2013

  • Timothy M.

    Great discussion with many valuable perspectives brought up and noted. Very encouraging for the future if the group!

    July 19, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Good discussion of the future of PWG

    July 19, 2013

  • Josiah

    I, as usual, will be running a little late

    July 18, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    Good idea. Count me in.

    July 17, 2013

  • Roger P.

    Sounds like a good idea, Scott.

    Yes, I've only been a member for a couple of months, but my feelings are that we need to work on further improving the quality of the group's activities, as well as putting sensible safeguards in place to protect the members, including the leaders.

    July 17, 2013

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