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How to Be a Man
Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about compulsion. W.W. Jacob’s classic chiller “The Monkey’s Paw” features a sinister relic with a curse. The spine-tingling read is by Lithgow himself. Next, a poor woman, who makes living by giving people the right words for every occasion, entrances a guerilla leader. Lisa Fugard reads Isabele Allende’s “Two Words.”
Guest host Jane Curtin presents three works about family. Oscar-winning actor Anjelica Huston talks about hers in her new memoir “A Story Lately Told,” Russian writer Linor Goralik gives us two mini-fictions about men and marriage, in “Says,” read by Nina Arianda, and Hope Davis reads a mother-daughter story about love and cigarettes, “Indulgence,” by Susan Perabo.
How to Be a Man
Guest host Colum McCann curates a show with many takes on masculinity. Readings are drawn from the anthology, The Book of Men, created with Esquire magazine and the storytelling collective Narrative 4. Featured writers include Roddy Doyle, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tea Obrecht, Adam Haslett, Ian McEwan, and Colum McCann. All works are read by Gabriel Byrne, Stockard Channing, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Corey Stoll, and BD Wong.
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about acting purposefully. In Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” a meek academic goes off the rails. The young boy in Doris Lessing’s “Through the Tunnel” dares himself to make a dangerous swim, and the confident young woman in “Barbara Stanwyck, It's Your Time to Shine" by Bianca Galvez isn’t taking nonsense from anyone.
Finding Yourself bonus Audrey Niffinegger Interview
SELECTED SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti talks with author Audrey Niffinegger about her story The Night Bookmobile.
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about women whose lives change dramatically. Hope Davis reads “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, in which a demur illustrator finds love, and Christina Pickles reads “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, in which a lonely bookworm finds a very private library.