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Selected Shorts

Punching In


Punching In

Work work work work work. On this Selected Shorts, literary icons and witty misanthropes on the pleasures and pitfalls of gainful employment.


Guest host Maulik Pancholy presents three stories about workers and the workplace--the sort of employment we talk about when we say "the daily grind." In a John Cheever classic, “Bayonne,” a busy waitress defends her territory. The reader is Mary Kay Place. The always succinct Lydia Davis gives us “Alvin the Typesetter,” in which a bohemian artist battles job conformity. The late David Rakoff offers a delicious reading. And in “OBF, Inc." by Bernice L. McFadden, an interviewee at a hip start-up learns about a secret organization that sells nothing less than cultural capital. It’s performed by Teagle F. Bougere.

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