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Embracing Disaster: Joyce Carol Oates and Etgar Keret

GUEST HOST: Cynthia Nixon


Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories by two masters of the short-story form who share an outré sensibility. Humor, humanity, and fantasy all combine in four tales of things gone wrong.

In “Fly Already” by Etgar Keret, performed by Liev Schreiber, a widower and his small son watch a drama unfold. In “Where Are You?” by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Dianna Agron, a demanding husband pushes his wife to the limit. In “One Gram Short” by Etgar Keret, performed by Ira Glass, a stoner makes a really bad deal; and Oates introduces an unlikely “Assassin,” in a story that combines tongue-in-cheek horror and political satire. Becky Ann Baker is the reader.

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