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.