Monday, March 16, 2015

Arts and Letters Live - Selected Shorts

 When you are a kid, you enjoy being read to out loud. Well, turns out - it's a joy as an adult, too.
The latest Dallas Museum of Art's program Arts and Letters Live featured three selected short stories read aloud by three known actors. Truly inspirational. The theme was Surprised by Love, and yes, each story had a twist.
Jane Kaczmarek (known as the mother in Malcom in the Middle) read The Proxy Marriage by Maile Meloy.  She seemed touched by the story herself.
Mary Kay Place (from the Big Chill to Big Love) has a wry sense of humor and she brought her voice to Who Am I This Time? by Kurt Vonnegut. This was my favorite.
Rene Auberjonois (Broadway and Star Trek:Deep Space Nine) gave a rousing read of The Big Cat by Louise Erdrich. This story built slowly, but was rich in description.
This program turned out to be a very fun 1-1/2 hours. Check it out if Selected Short Stories comes to your area. As an author, I've read my own writing out loud - it makes you think about word choice, rhythm, and whether there is a flow.


  1. I think I would enjoy this. Sounds like fun.

  2. I will keep this in mind - definitely want to take it in if they visit Chico. Thanks, Joanne.

    Yes, it's very different reading something aloud vs starring at the words for the umpteenth time.

    Have a great week.

  3. What a wonderful cast! I also remember Mary Kay Place as the country singer from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman! Glad you enjoyed it, and I'm sure I would too!