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Selected Shorts is an award-winning, one-hour program featuring readings of classic and new short fiction, recorded live at New York's Symphony Space. One of the most popular series on the airwaves, this unique show is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio.
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This is My Kinda Fiction Buster...
I grew up smelling uncles that breathed tobacco and Three Feathers Whiskey. Bartended in dives to put myself through college and watched all the black and whites with mom on the couch late at night. I am hopelessly in awe of this time when a man was a guy and a gal was a broad. This I believe is the second wave of American Cowboy Hero.. the Gumshoe and Dick...
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Not Whodunits but gripping stories nonetheless
This feels like an old time radio show but is is surprisingly modern. What a treasure the host
Isiah Sheffer was. My favorite was Improvisation by Ed McBain —perhaps the most perfectly crafted short story I have ever experienced. A close second is the darkly comic Gleason. Those two alone would make this entire collection worth the price.
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Not Whodunits but Great Stories All the Same
I came into this experience expecting short detective stories. While Dascheill Hammer's story is (sort of) the others are just great stories in their own right.
I will say the final story was a hard tonal shift- a sad tale of childhood romance turned to tragedy through race relations in the rural South. Again, this is very well written and performed, I just felt it stuck out from the others in a noticable way. I'm not deducting any stars for it.
All of the prose is tightly written and beautifully read. My favorite has to be the one with the opening line "Why don't we kill somebody?"
A glowing recommendation!