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Selected Shorts by Symphony Space
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Mar 22, 09

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Read in February, 2009

Bittersweet is the underlying theme in this latest edition of Selected Shorts. As in Towel Season by Ron Carlson (1999) when a mathematician loses his way and finds himself again in a stretched summer filled with his previously ignored family and parties and other people’s colorful pool towels. Or in Richard Ford’s Communist (1984) in which a young man goes goose hunting with his mother’s communist ex-boyfriend and accidentally discovers himself becoming a man along the way. All 4 stories are narrated by William Hurt. Hurt’s recitation is subtle and heartfelt throughout, unfolding each story beautifully. He aptly brings the characters thoughts to life, flawlessly recounting stories even while pausing for laughter from the audience (and occasionally himself). The live audio performance in front of an audience gives a sense of communality but as in other Selected Shorts editions, is slightly disconcerting when listened to through headphones. Recommended to Public Libraries, especially those with lots of commuters.
Additional material includes William Hurt in conversation with Selected Shorts host Isaiah Sheffer.
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