Four stories about families and children by classic and contemporary writers. "Charles" is a surprisingly light-hearted tale by Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery") read by Lois Smith. Next, Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s "Pride and Joy," in which a childhood prodigy takes a toll on his parents. The reader is Tony Award- winner Robert Sean Leonard. In Jeanne Dixon’s "Blue Waltz with Coyotes," a brother and sister have an adventure in the wild—and get to know each other. The reader is Mia Dillon. Finally, Rick Moody’s poignant story, "Boys," poetically chronicles the life of two brothers from birth to adulthood. The reader is Broadway and television star B.D. Wong.
Rick Moody creates a sleazoid end-of-the-world saga, basing his story on a cheapo so-bad-it’s-good sci-fi classic. By the end of this Kurt Vonnegut-inspired festival of terror, he’s tricked us into asking serious questions. How did we turn our culture into a sleazoid end-of-the-world saga? What is to be done?
Mariella Frostrup speaks to Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer about her collected short fiction; author Tom Holland discusses the legacy of I, Claudius; writers Ian McMillan, Tessa Hadley and Andrew Martin explain the enduring allure of railways in fiction.
Etgar Keret has been called the Kafka, the Vonnegut, the Woody Allen of Israel.