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The William Hurt Collection (Selected Shorts)by Symphony Space
Synopses & Reviews
Recorded live at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City and at venues across the United States, these audio anthologies feature short stories from the Selected Shorts program that airs nationwide. More than 300,000 listeners tune in to this offering weekly to hear some of their favorite tales read aloud by an assortment of distinguished actors.
From a Bosnian man's struggle to make a new life in America to a teenage boy's relationship with his single mother and her new boyfriend against the background of the stark Montana landscape—this collection of poignant, romantic, and funny tales is performed entirely by the Academy Awardwinning actor William Hurt. Featured stories include Ron Carlson's "Towel Season," Richard Ford's "Communist," Aleksandar Hemon's "Blind Josef Pronek," and Tobias Wolff's "Nightingale." The CD also includes an interview with William Hurt.
"Hurt's narration is the only thing linking this diverse but entertaining collection of short stories from Ron Carlson, Richard Ford, Aleksandar Hemon and Tobias Wolff. From the solemn to the amusing, Hurt illustrates his range in front of an audience. Hurt works well with the different tones and styles of the stories, and his delivery is well received by the audience. An interview with Hurt afterward provides unfamiliar listeners with a bit of the history of Symphony Space and the range of performances held there. Listeners will enjoy hearing Hurt discuss his craft in reading a story as opposed to acting. Oddly, the interviewer ends the conversation abruptly while Hurt still appears to have more to say." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Featured stories include Ron Carlson's "Towel Season," Richard Ford's "Communist," Aleksandar Hemon's "Blind Josef Pronek," and Tobias Wolff's "Nightingale." Also includes an interview with William Hurt.
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Symphony Space is a performing arts center based in New York City that fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. This organization reaches audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, and—through distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, podcasts, and touring—the nation.
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