Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs

Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs

by Symphony Space, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Colbert, Christine Baranski
     
 

From silly chuckles and rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series, Selected Shorts. Featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood as performers, this collection finds Emmy Award–winning actor Alec Baldwin enacting Julia Slavin’s "Covered,” a

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From silly chuckles and rueful ironic glee to deep cosmic laughter, this new volume of humorous tales samples the best of recent seasons of the popular public radio series, Selected Shorts. Featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood as performers, this collection finds Emmy Award–winning actor Alec Baldwin enacting Julia Slavin’s "Covered,” a far-out funny story of an unraveling thread and its grip on the protagonist. "Queen of the Indies” Parker Posey deliciously explains how to teach a group of daffy seniors to swim without a pool in Miranda July’s "The Swim Team.” Emmy Award–winning comedian Stephen Colbert performs T. C. Boyle’s "The Lie,” relating the yarn of a man who is drawn deeper and deeper into a tangled web of deceit—and hilarity. Isaiah Sheffer hysterically delivers an epic once-in-a-lifetime recipe to challenge the bravest cook in Harry Mathews’ "Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double).” Tony Award–winner Christine Baranski recreates Thomas Meehan’s wacky whimsy about a cocktail party guest list composed of two syllable celebrity names in "Yma Dream”—the most popular comic tale in the history of the series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Symphony Space and its distinguished cast bring these favorite humorous short stories to the world of recorded audio. This compilation blends classics, such as Saki's "The Schartz-Metterklume Method" (performed with sly humor by Marian Seldes) and Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews" (read with verve by Jerry Zaks) with more recent works, including Miranda July's "The Swim Team" (milked for every laugh by Parker Posey). Thomas Mehan's "Ima Dream" (performed with perfect timing by Christine Baranski) and Harry Mathews's "Country Cooking from Central France" (given rather too much weight by Isaiah Sheffer) are one-line jokes that go on for too long. These entertaining stories will provide much-needed comic relief to combat winter's coming chill. and other adversities. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Part of an Audie Award-nominated series featuring contemporary and classic short fiction originally performed by notable actors on Symphony Space's "Selected Shorts" public radio show, this latest collection makes for an immensely enjoyable listening experience. Stephen Colbert, Alec Baldwin, Parker Posey, Christine Baranski, and four other first-rate performers each read a story, by writers including T.C. Boyle ("The Lie"), and Philip Roth ("The Conversion of the Jews"); the actors are well suited to the pieces they read. Hilarious, refreshing, and thoroughly entertaining, these stories are so rich that there's a favorite story here for everyone. This latest impressive addition to the series is recommended for everyone who likes to laugh.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934033142
Publisher:
Symphony Space
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
Pages:
3
Sales rank:
1,459,151
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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David Sedaris
"Selected Shorts is one of the best evenings of the theatre."--(David Sedaris, Selected Shorts guest host and author, Me Talk Pretty One Day
Grace Paley
"Symphony Space is the angel of the short story."--(Grace Paley, author, The Little Disturbances of Man)

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