From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. Comedian Wyatt Cenac gives a killer performance of Simon Rich’s hilarious tale of woe from the point of view of a condom in a young man’s wallet. Alec Baldwin gives a delightful over-the-top performance of James Thurber’s wonderfully silly classic tale of the day everybody in a small Ohio town thought the dam broke.
"Some very entertaining, some not"
New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's life blood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the 75-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this collection of 20 of its best stories from (so to speak) home.
"Great stories and readers, but technically sloppy"
These are personal reminiscences of Grant which allow us to peer back in time to see him through the eyes of those who knew him. Some of the anecdotes describe brief encounters with Grant, while others are from historically prominent men who knew Grant well. What they have in common are the intimate details that reveal the personality and character of General Grant.
In the wake of 9/11, Southwest Airlines was faced with a disastrous situation that threatened to ruin not only their business but the entire airline industry. In response, Southwest Airlines made three pivotal decisions: no layoffs, no pay cuts, and no-hassle refunds for any customer wanting them. The result: Southwest remained profitable, it was the only major airline to protect the jobs of all its employees, and Southwest's market cap soon exceeded all its major competitors combined.
A Viking boy named Dane must choose a nickname for himself to keep up tradition. Will he become Dane the Dangerous or Dane the Despicable? When an evil warlord named Thidrek kidnaps Dane's sweetheart, he earns his nickname through great feats of derring-do - Dane the Defiant!
"A wonderful fantasy book!"
Inspired by Norse mythology, James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker created a fantastical saga with the RuneWarriors series. In Ship of the Dead, the third in the thrilling series, Dane the Defiant questions his heroic actions after the return of Thor’s Hammer brought drought to his village, his mother was kidnapped, and his beloved Astrid was lost. Yet Dane must find the courage to continue on if he’s to fulfill his destiny.
Having just defeated Thidrek the Terrifying, Dane the Defiant and his friends have little time to revel in their victory. Since the god Thor has retrieved his hammer once again, he can’t help but use it—constantly. Now the rains won’t stop, and there are no fish or game to be found. The villagers need someone to blame, and they choose Dane as their scapegoat.
"Holding Court", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Sausage", by Ryan Lizza; "The More the Merrier", by James Surowiecki; "Looking Good", by John Colapinto; "Expletives Not Deleted", by Ian Parker; and "Crash Landing", by David Denby.