Friday, December 25, 2009

Selected Shorts

For the next couple of days, I will share some of my favorite pod/vidcasts which are helpful (directly or indirectly) for SAT prep.

SELECTED SHORTS can be heard on Saturdays 8pm on KQED 88.5FM.

SELECTED SHORTS: Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen. Whether we present stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author or a special collaboration with a museum or publication, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance. Hosted by Isaiah Sheffer.

The SELECTED SHORTS holiday season special begins with a tale of domestic bliss, Ron Carlson's "The H Street Sledding Record," a happy, un-sappy story about a family celebrating the Christmas season with fresh, intimate rituals. Keith Szarabajka reads. Next, John Cheever's "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor," is an hysterically funny tale of holiday charity gone wrong, read by Malachy McCourt. The program closes with a literary stocking-stuffer: the great American humorist James Thurber got it into his head to re-write Clement Clarke Moore's beloved poem, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" in the style of Ernest Hemingway. SHORTS host Isaiah Sheffer delivers a suitably manly reading.

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