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 ...

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...

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 Shor...

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 ...

Selected Shorts: Apartment Living

I once shared an apartment so small I could touch both walls of my bedroom when I stretched out my arms. Our bathroom was so tiny there was no sink. We washed o...

Selected Shorts: Icebergs

Roughly, only ten percent of an iceberg can be seen floating above water. The other 90 percent is under the surface—treacherous for boats navigating the frozen ...

Selected Shorts: Little Green Monsters

About a year ago, I was walking down Broadway and noticed a giant bug hanging on the door of a building. Normally I dismiss any large insect as some kind of roa...