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Summer of Shorts Episode 7: Barthelme and Swim Trunks

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This week’s short story pick is Donald Barthelme’s “Me and Miss Mandible,” about a 35-year-old man who suddenly finds himself in a classroom of eleven-year-olds. This week’s shorts pick is swim trunks, since Tom is about to leave on a beach vacation despite pretty much hating the beach. Mike grew up near the beach, and would like to convince Tom that his fears of the ocean are irrational.

Our vacation schedules are also why you’re getting two weeks straight of Summer of Shorts episodes. Well, that and it’s summer, and like us you should be taking every last opportunity to celebrate shorts, before the weather turns and we once again have to wear pants and continue on our slow march toward death.

If you’d like to read the story, there appears to be a copy of it here, though we can’t vouch for the veracity of the text. You can also find it in Barthelme’s first story collection, Come Back, Dr. Caligari, or in the collected Sixty Stories (Penguin Classics).

As always, you can stream the episode here on our site, or download the mp3 file. You can also find us in the iTunes store, where you can catch up on back episodes and subscribe (for free) and never miss another dispatch. We’ll be back next week with a full book episode. Thanks for listening!


Download Summer of Shorts #7 (right-click, save-as)


Author: mikeingram25

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