Selected Shorts: Personal Libraries

Every time I move my personal library shifts. I donate books, give others away to friends, and the most important ones I hold on to. I have boxed endless volume...

Selected Shorts: Healing Hearts

When a heart is broken it goes dark. A wave of depression, self-doubt and rage separates it from the world. But once the wave passes, something amazing can happ...

Selected Shorts: Jacques Cousteau

When I was a kid, I did not want to be a writer. I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau. I watched old repeats of his TV show, and dreamed of scuba diving with whales....

Selected Shorts: Haruki Murakami

  Last year, I was in Alaska for a while. The glaciers I saw were the most brilliant blue--and as I watched them break apart (folks call it "calving") all I cou...

Selected Shorts: From Russia With Love

There's a bar on East 4th street in New York City called KGB. Long ago it used to be the headquarters for the communist party, but now it's a performance space ...

Selected Shorts: Second Chances

The days between Christmas and New Year's are full of memories--memories that settle down on the couch like a flock of house guests waiting to be served. It is ...

Selected Shorts: Troll Bridge

We've got some great stories this week on Selected Shorts. The first is “Troll Bridge,” by the wonderful and multi-talented Neil Gaiman, performed by the man hi...