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2012 September 27
“In the Reign of Harad IV” by Steven Millhauser, performed by Leonard Nimoy
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program focusing on the mystery and allure of objects. In Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV” a court miniaturist longs to create smaller and smaller worlds. Millhauser has commented on the fact that he moved from novels to short fiction—a reverse of the usual trend for authors—saying, “It’s as if the novel were a kind of preparation for the rigorous pleasures of the shorter form. For me, the shortness of a great story is part of its greatness.”
SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti comments: “It made me wonder if he was like the miniaturist in his story, moving from writing novels to stories. That there is somehow more beauty in something that is smaller and contained. A microcosm of the world.”
The reader at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is the distinguished actor, director, and photographer Leonard Nimoy.