Do you like stories, but wish writers were less ugly and awkward and had more mellifluous speaking voices, like actors? I do! For this reason I like Symphony Space’s “Selected Shorts” series, at which short stories, written by writers, are read aloud by actors, thus sparing us the sight of writers thank God.
Tonight one such event is happening. The focus is on The McDowell Colony, the venerable writers’ retreat, and will feature three actors (Paul Hecht, Jill Eikenberry — of L.A. Law, your favorite T.V. show! — and Dawn Akemi Saito) reading stories by three writers (David Bezmozgis, Julie Orringer and Frances Hwang) who went to McDowell. Oh, and also, three other writers (Jeffrey Eugenides, Susan Minot, Monique Truong), also McDowell alums, will introduce the actors and stories.
It’s confusing, I know, but ultimately in the grand scheme of things it means very little, so don’t think your brain into a knot, like this brain (that’s a real picture and not a fake one, by the way). The important thing is that there’s fiction, which is good, read by actors, which is good because they’re not writers, who are bad. Also there’s Jeff Eugenides, who wrote The Virgin Suicides, which is good, especially in the Fagles translation.
(Oh, the picture with this post is of a colony. When you Google Image Search for “mcdowell colony” nothing relevant comes up, so I had to use this image, which is an artist’s rendering of what the first human colony on Mars will look like.)