Selected Shorts: Love & Fiction

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of the King & Queen of Troy. One day the god Apollo fell in love with her and gave her the gift of predicting the future. But when she didn’t love him back, Apollo put a curse on Cassandra so no one would believe anything she said. Like most crushes gone wrong, Apollo’s love turned to hate and Cassandra, well, Cassandra went crazy. This week’s Selected Shorts focuses on the crossroads of love and storytelling. “A Life in Fictions” by Kat Howard (read by Marin Ireland), follows a woman who literally falls into the stories her boyfriend weaves, while “The Thing About Cassandra,” read by Josh Hamilton and written by the multi-talented Neil Gaiman invents a lover so perfectly she becomes real–or does she?  To listen on your local public radio station, go here. To download our podcast, go here. To watch a Selected Shorts interview with Neil Gaiman about sushi, future selves, and telling lies to tell the truth, go here. To find out what happened to Cassandra, go here.