Selected Shorts by Symphony Space
Pets! (: A Celebration of the Short Story)

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Recorded live at the 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 some of their favorite tales read aloud by an assortment of distinguished actors. The cast of characters in this compilation is a menagerie of animals—cats, dogs, birds, even a dragon—and their owners. Included in the funny and unexpected stories about people, pets, and their problems are T. C. Boyle’s "Heart of a Champion" read by Isaiah Sheffer; Robertson Davies’ "The Cat That Went to Trinity" read by Charles Keating; Molly Giles’ "Pie Dance" read by Kate Burton; Gail Godwin’s "St. George" read by Jane Curtin; and Max Steele’s "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers" read by Paul Hecht.
 

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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.
 
Published October 1, 2007 by Symphony Space. 3 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This audio collection takes in a range of creatures and wry twists that form a timely antidote to the current trend of putting pets on pedestals. The most notable tale is Gail Godwin’s “

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According to these well-chosen stories, a “wondrous woman” is foxy, resilient, stubborn and a bit magical.

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Sevenfood stories involving both gourmets or gourmands are found in this collection.

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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 ...

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Jones's touching story about a lonely single mother seeking companionship on “An Orange Line Train to Ballston.” In Dorothy Thomas's “The Getaway,” Mia Dillon captures the Midwestern accents of a woman and her ornery son.

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This audio collection takes in a range of creatures and wry twists that form a timely antidote to the current trend of putting pets on pedestals.

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Wong’s rendition of Alexie’s “Breaking and Entering,” a Spokane Native American is enraged when the television news mistakenly identifies him as white after he kills a black intruder.

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An all-star roster brings to life the haunting poetry and prose of Poe in this audio collection celebrating the American master of the macabre.

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More short story love, this time with actors: Symphony Space presents “Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story,” in which “spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.” Hosted by Isaiah Sheff...

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