"Mr. Pope had rigged up a reading light . . . and the horse read far into the night."
- From Ed Has His Mind Improved by Walter R. Brooks
A boon for booklovers, this set features funny, fantastical and poignant stories about people with unique and passionate connections to the written word.
Walter R. Brooks' Ed Has His Mind Improved
read by Tony Roberts
How Ed-a talking horse-became a voracious reader of adventure tales and hardboiled detective stories
Italo Calvino's The Adventure of a Reader
translated by William Weaver
read by John Shea
A man tries to make the most of his beach holiday by reading and making love at the same time
Adam Haslett's Notes to My Biographer
read by Isaiah Sheffer
A long-lost father reviews his life on a trip to reconnect with his troubled son
Evelyn Waugh's The Man Who Liked Dickens
read by Leonard Nimoy
A dark, vintage Evelyn Waugh tickler about a stranded jungle explorer forced to read Dickens aloud
Molly Giles' The Writers' Model
read by Blair Brown
What does it mean to be a woman? A group of writers study their subject.
Ray Bradbury's Exchange
read by Rochelle Oliver
A young soldier about to ship out pays a final visit to his childhood library.
Audrey Niffenegger's The Night Bookmobile
read by Christina Pickles
An obsession with a mysterious magical bookmobile.
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.
"Tony Roberts brings a waggish sense of fun to Walter Brooks's "Ed Has His Mind Improved,". Isaiah Sheffer is dynamic and funny as a manic-depressive inventor in Adam Haslett's "Notes to My Biographer." ...and the best, as is usual with "Selected Shorts," is quite fine. Spontaneous audience reactions enhance the listening experience." -from AudioFile managine