Into the Dark

I'll be heading off grid for the next month or so. See you on the other side.

Selected Shorts: A compendium

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading (as well as listening), to those books we've been meaning to get to but never seem to have the time for. I pla...

Selected Shorts: Bright Stars

The transit of Venus, combined with Ray Bradbury's passing this week, made us all turn our eyes to the heavens. I contemplated Bradbury's advice on how to becom...

Ray Bradbury

The first book I read that made me realize books could be something other than an escape—that they could also be dangerous: was Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. W...

Selected Shorts: Neighbors

Two great stories on this week's Selected Shorts that shed an unsettling light on the neighbors: “Adults Alone,” by A.M. Homes, read by Christina Pickles and “T...

Selected Shorts: Silverwater

One of my favorite short stories is on Selected Shorts this week: "Silverwater" by Amy Bloom (performed by the great Linda Lavin). I first read this story in th...

Selected Shorts: Milestones

Milestones are markers that tell you how far it is from where you've come, and how far it is to where you're going. I've been on Selected Shorts for about a yea...

Selected Shorts: The Propinquity Effect

There's a wonderful line in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Sphinx” (performed this week on Selected Shorts by Kathleen Widdoes): "..the principle source of error in all...