Category Archives: Short Stories

by American Regionalist authors like Gilman, Calamity Jane, and , as well as Twain, Dickens, Fizgerald.
See show notes for relevant texts.

Short Stories—021: Stockton, Chopin, Twain

This week’s stories are all about IRONY! I was famous at my school in NYC when, on 9/11, while we were standing on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, I “taught” irony to my students. We had evacuated, and were in that brief moment between the airplane crashes and the towers’ collapse. I was standing on […]

Shorts—022: Yeats, Bierce, Poe

This week is hard for me on so many levels. I think you’ll see a decided darkness to the stories. However, “dark” doesn’t mean “bad.” And this week, our readers are good! Whoo hoo! This week, “Second Coming,” read by me! Here’s Yeats Ambrose Bierce’s “The Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Here’s Ambrose (ain’t he […]

Shorts—023: Maupassant, Ferber

Well, sorta. We have a story about a chick (I couldn’t find two by women that would fit into an hour–we women seem to go ON a bit) and another by and about a chick. I like. I’m also excited because, while I’m pretty sure you’ve read or heard the first story (which I’ll write […]

24—The Yellow Wallpaper

This week we listen to “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, and a little bit of “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. Gillman (here she is) is a particular favorite of mine. She wrote Herland which I’m (slowly) reading for Librivox. Great little book! Juster is a freakin’ genius. Really! I can’t read nearly […]

26—The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1

Learn the origins of the name “Tarrytown”as youlisten to Geoffrey Crayon’s Sketchbook. You should also check out Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York! Meet my man Irving (aka “Mr. Knickerbocker”…). And his spectacularly (self-)designed home on the Hudson. Someday plan to take advantage of the Legend. Imagine yourself as part of the Hudson River School […]