Selected Shorts: Wishful Thinking

Summertime, and the living is easy, and if it isn’t, all you need is a charming trio of works curated by the producers of SELECTED SHORTS about summer wishes and wishful thinking:

  • Author Zadie Smith turns a lazy holiday in Spain into a humorous musing about idleness and privilege, and she reads “Lazy River” herself.
  • An unlikely pair find romance—and maybe a little myth making--in Carys Davies “Sibyl” performed by the brilliant comic actress Jane Kaczmarek.
  • “The Sound of Summer Running” is what Ray Bradbury—a master of sci fi and fantasy—wants to hear when he’s staying right here on earth. Sean Astin performs this piece about a boy’s longing for the perfect sneakers.


Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, The Ten-Year Nap, and The Wife, which was adapted to film in 2018, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. She was the guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and has also published books for young readers, mostly recently a picture book, Millions of Maxes. Wolitzer is a faculty member in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, where she co-founded and co-directs BookEnds, a one-year, non-credit intensive in the novel.


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