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Summer of Shorts Episode 8: Moore and Jobs


Well, Book Fighters, you knew this day had to come. The summer is officially over, and with it the Summer of Shorts has to come to an end. But don’t fret! If you’ve fallen in love with shorts, and the shorts lifestyle–the ease of movement, the gentle breeze on your exposed knees–this week we’re exploring some careers that might allow you to wear shorts all year long.

We’ve also got a final short story, this one by Lorrie Moore. “People Like That Are the Only People Here” can be found in Moore’s story collection Birds of America. Or, if you’re a New Yorker subscriber, you can read it on their website.

If there are jobs we left out, please let us know in the comments. Also, if you’ve got suggestions for our next seasonal project–we discuss a couple options at the end of this week’s show, but we’re still workshopping them, and we’re open to feedback. And of course we’re always happy to hear what you think about the ideas raised in the episode, your opinions on the story, or anything else you want to throw our way. You can email us, hit us up on Twitter, or just leave a comment here on the site.

As always, you can stream the episode here on our site, or download the mp3 file. Or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free!) and never miss another installment. Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

9 thoughts on “Summer of Shorts Episode 8: Moore and Jobs

  1. I hope this means you’re a teen and not that you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury.

  2. Fall of Film! Or fanfiction. Autumn of Autobiography.

  3. My best idea so far: Fall of Man, as in, only female authors.


  4. Rachael, I’m afraid some people (maybe me?) would revolt if we went all in on fanfiction. But Film and autobiography are real contenders.

    Mark: Fall of Man has really opened my eyes to new possibilities in considering Fall.

    So much to figure out!

  5. In response to Mike wondering whether other places have the city “sibling rivalry” thing, I can say that the UK has a relationship with London pretty simiar to the one you described about the USA with New York – in other words, that there are plenty of Londoners who can’t see how anything interesting could happen anywhere else in the country, and plenty of people from other cities that hate London and are sick to death of hearing about it all the time.

  6. Ditto Toronto/Ontario’s relationship to the rest of Canada.

  7. Interesting! I hadn’t thought of London and the rest of the UK, but that makes sense. As does Toronto, I guess, though my knowledge of Canada is embarrassingly limited.

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