Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic

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Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear spellbinding tales read aloud by an assortment of terrific actors. By turns funny, moving, romantic, and surreal, each of the tales on this magical lineup is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Stephen Colbert performs Ray Bradbury’s ...

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Overview

Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear spellbinding tales read aloud by an assortment of terrific actors. By turns funny, moving, romantic, and surreal, each of the tales on this magical lineup is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Stephen Colbert performs Ray Bradbury’s tale about a room that can take one anywhere in the world—sometimes with dangerous consequences. From a romance between a mermaid and an imp to a wonderful ghost story about a trinket with terrible powers, this eclectic collection also features narratives by W. W. Jacobs, Andrew Lam, Saki, and T. C. Boyle as well as performances by John Lithgow, James Naughton, Daniel Gerroll, and René Auberjonois.

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Publishers Weekly
In this latest collection from Symphony Space, there are, oddly enough, no magicians, but the art of illusion is broadly represented. Jacobs's “The Monkey's Paw,” performed to perfection by John Lithgow, represents the overworked gift of three wishes that the wise decline. Bradbury's “The Veld,” read with wit and perfect timing by Stephen Colbert, centers on an African-themed nursery that comes menacingly to life. Some of the stories are light and funny, including Safran Foer's “The Sixth Borough,” read by Jerry Zaks, in which an original sixth borough of New York City breaks away. Like many anthologies, the selections are uneven: Brockmeier's “The Year of Silence” seems no longer than its title. However, through the magic of the fast forward button, listeners can enjoy the vast majority of excellent stories while skipping the rest. (July)
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Symphony Space is a performing arts center based in New York City that fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. This organization reaches audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, and—through distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, podcasts, and touring—the nation.

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