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HOST: Meg Wolitzer


Host Meg Wolitzer presents three works that contemplate a way out—of our lives, and even of this world. In Joe Meno’s “Books You Read,” performed by Joan Allen, a young boy helps his jaded teacher to love reading again. J. Robert Lennon takes us into deep space and a conversation between a computer and a survivor in “Escape Pod W41,” performed by Stephen Lang. We also hear Lakecia Benjamin’s composition of the same name performed by Yunie Mojica. Finally, marriage and a friendship are tested in Jac Jemc’s “Infidelity,” performed by Kathleen Chalfant. All three stories were commissioned for the Selected Shorts anthology Small Odysseys.

Watch a short film created by Adam Douglas Thompson, inspired by Joe Meno’s “Books You Read” and the musical piece inspired by J. Robert Lennon’s “Escape Pod W41” created by Lakecia Benjamin and performed by Yunie Mojica from March 26th, 2022, when Selected Shorts presented a full day of literature in performance along with companion works of music, dance, and film.

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