Do something good for yourself today, go do this

It’s a cloudy, snowy day in Minnesota. We won’t bitch about it though that’s really, really hard. Instead we are going to share a bit of joy and stop referring to ourselves in the royal we.

For reasons I won’t get into right now, I am upstairs in the Fortress of Solitude cleaning and rearranging — feng-shuing my books and such. It makes sense in my head.

Anyway, instead of listening to The Replacements reissues for the 29,193 time I decided to partake in a few podcasts which have been woefully neglected since I lost my job in March. I was going to catch up on listening to two months of The New Yorker, but come on how boring is that?

Instead, I flitted through my list of subscribed podcasts and decided to listen to Selected Shorts. For those not in the know, Selected Shorts is a series of people reading short stories. Sometimes it’s the author, sometimes it’s an actor, all the times it’s really fucking awesome.

Seriously, go subscribe to the podcast RIGHT NOW. Then go and listen to the two-parter called “Celebration of the Rea Award.” It will bring you to your knees with the complete awesomeness of it. So far, I’ve heard Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl” (one of the short stories that makes me cry my head off), Grace Paley reading TWO stories including that one that I can’t remember the name of where she’s sitting outside the library with the books and runs into her ex-husband, Richard Ford, Deborah Eisenberg, and Joyce Carol Oates. This is really fucking good, like give you goosebumps and prick your eyes with tears good.

Aww, shit. I just started part two and Joy Williams is reading. I’ve decided she’s my new favorite now that I haven’t read any Mary Gaitskill in awhile.

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  1. Hypster mom 26.Apr.08 at 12:05 pm

    I was feeling a little crabby because of the snow and being awoken by four boys at 5:00 AM (Slumber Party. What was I thinking?) Anyhow, someone reading me a story while I sip a hot cup of coffee is exactly what I need. I’m locking myself in my office and I’m not leaving until a story makes me cry and it stops snowing. You made my day. There is a reason they call you supergenius.

  2. Jodi 26.Apr.08 at 12:40 pm

    I am listening to the David Schickler episode. It won’t make you cry, but it will make you laugh.

  3. Peabo 26.Apr.08 at 8:47 pm

    I am now fully downloaded and ready to begin. After I do about twelve hours of homework. But I am totally listening to the George Saunders story. And then I’m going to listen to whatever Campbell Scott has read because he’s dreamy. Then I’ll go for the stories that will make me laugh while crying.

  4. Amanda 27.Apr.08 at 6:51 pm

    I love that story–the Grace Paley one–I think it’s called Wants. That part where she says, Hello my life–goddamn I love that story.


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