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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts / Panoply

Arts, Performing Arts

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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.

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A story by the widely respected American author Denis Johnson. Johnson is many things: a poet, playwright, novelist and the writer of the incredible linked short story collection, Jesus’ Son, where we found "Emergency." Published in 1992, the collection is considered one of the best works of fiction in recent years.

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