Selected Shorts: Why I Am Not Where You Are

I AM NOT WHERE YOU ARE. Because I am here. It’s the first day of the Sirenland Writers Conference, and students are arriving from all over the world to study writing with Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Susan Orlean, and myself. While I’m away in this strange and beautiful place, there will be some equally strange and beautiful stories on Selected Shorts, the first being Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Why I’m Not Where You Are,” performed by Isaiah Sheffer (an excerpt from his best-selling novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), followed by two short pieces originally published in The Believer by Will Eno and James Braly (both read by the authors), and ending with “All the Days and Nights,” by William Maxwell, performed by Tony Roberts. Tune in to your local Public Radio station or download the show for free via podcast. And stay true while I’m gone. In one short week, I will be back wherever you are again.


  1. Thank you for the link to Selected Shorts – I was glad to download several podcasts from the series. Enjoy Positano — it’s one of my favorite places in the world. I’m feeling Sirenland-envy! 🙂

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