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Rites & Rituals

GUEST HOST: David Sedaris


Guest host David Sedaris offers three stories that question social rites. “Cultural Relativity” is Charles Johnson’s witty retelling of a classic fairy tale; it’s read by Regina King. Zadie Smith reads her own “The Lazy River”—ostensibly about a failed holiday in Spain, but also a deft satire about Brexit, class, and exploitation. And the cantankerous spinster in Jean Stafford’s “The Hope Chest” has a Dickensian moment of grace. Dana Ivey is the reader.

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