Selected Shorts: Volume XVIII (18) Lots of Laughs!

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This three-CD collection features more best-loved selections from National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors and recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. More than three hours of recordings in each collection capture the intimacy of live performance. Stories are alternately funny, sad, moving, and exciting and make a perfect ...
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Overview

This three-CD collection features more best-loved selections from National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors and recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. More than three hours of recordings in each collection capture the intimacy of live performance. Stories are alternately funny, sad, moving, and exciting and make a perfect accompaniment to daily activities such as driving, cooking, exercising, and relaxing.

Lots of Laughs! includes, among others, John Updike's "Farrell's Caddie," read by Charles Keating; Niel Gaiman's "Chivalry," read by Christina Pickles; Ron Carlson's "On the USS Fortitude," read by Laura Esterman; Etgar Keret's "Fatso," read by John Guare; and David Schickler's "Jamaica," read by Isaiah Sheffer.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Best AudioBooks of 2007, AudioFile Magazine

The Listen Up Awards—Best Audios of 2007, Publishers Weekly

"When I read for Selected Shorts . . . my job is to take the listener on a trip. I'm like a guide who, having explored the stories' emotional frontier in the private hours of rehearsal, steps up to the microphone on stage at Symphony Space, looks out over the crowd of expectant travelers and says, 'come with me.'"  —John Shea, Emmy award–winning actor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971921825
  • Publisher: Symphony Space
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CD's
  • Pages: 3
  • Sales rank: 1,112,028
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Schickler
David Schickler
"[David] Schickler has a wild, out-of-left-field dramatic imagination that's really fresh. The ways his characters take you, as well as one another, by surprise is terrific fun," New York magazine remarks about this former Chili's waiter (see our interview for details) turned full-time writer.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Schicker:

"I love running and it is somehow deeply connected to my writing. In high school, running cross-country and track was close to the most important thing in my life. I loved then and love now the discipline of running, the solitude, the self-reliance, the lack of equipment, the hard-won elations. I also respect and accept the injuries, the patience, and the days when I've just got nothing. I don't think about these things while I run, I just run, just as I don't think about writing while I'm writing, I just write. As a runner, I don't have the stamina or zip I had when I was seventeen, but I have stamina and zip as a writer, and somehow the one prepared me for or inspired me toward the other."

"I love movies and television. I see about two films a week out at theaters, and I stay up late most nights watching movies or shows on TiVo. Current shows I love are: 24, Arrested Development, The Office, Monk, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NYPD Blue, and The Family Guy. These are smart, masterfully created pieces of entertainment, and, for the life of me, I can't understand certain people's kill-your-television crusades. I work hard, love my wife, friends and family, love traveling, sports, reading, dining out, the whole shebang, but I also need (especially after working all day with words on a page) the pleasure of television. I watch almost exclusively fictive shows, though, and I never watch more than 10 or 15 minutes of news a day: overall, the less news I watch, the more thoughtful, relaxed, and, I think, kinder I am."

"I come from an enormous family of about 70 first cousins (my father is one of ten children, my mother is one of eight, and I have three sisters and no brothers). Despite not knowing many of my relatives well (many live far from me), I consider them—in their vast array of personalities and lives—a blessing, comfort, resource, and just plain great story, and I hope I am sometimes the same for them."

"I'd like all my readers to know how grateful I am that they read my books and stories. Given how fraught and harried our lives often are, it is a winning and wonderful fact that people still seek out and cleave to fiction. I consider reading and writing two of the freest, most civilized, dangerous, occasionally radical, and rewarding pursuits of life, and it excites and inspires me that people might enjoy the stories I have to tell. So, truly, thank you for reading! Also, a request to my readers: if you know of any books that you think I'd really love (given all I've said above and the kind of fiction I write), please feel free to drop me a line on my web site and make a recommendation: I'd enjoy hearing from you."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 30, 1969
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rochester, New York
    1. Education:
      B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1991; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Columbia University, 1995
    2. Website:

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