Help identify a story reading from NPR.
June 26, 2005 12:06 PM   Subscribe

A few years ago, I heard a reading on the radio of a writers account of her correspondence with a group of teens that would invade her house while she was away. I believe it was on NPR.

It started with the writer returning home to find her house broken into and in disarray, but with nothing taken except some food. The police could do nothing, so she started writing letters to her "guests" asking them to at least tidy up after their parties. The letter continued back and forth with requests from both sides whenever the writer would go away for work. As I recall, it concluded when it was announced one of the guests was accepted to Harvard.

Does anyone know who the author and/or orrator of this piece was and where I could obtain a copy of the story or reading?
posted by Yorrick to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
 
I'm pretty sure it's a This American Life story. Sorry I can't help more.
posted by drezdn at 5:44 PM on June 26, 2005


He's right - I heard it on the radio, and remember that it was TAL.
posted by GriffX at 5:47 PM on June 26, 2005


As far as writing notes to people that visit a home, this TAL one about "Borrowers" seems similar. Not teens though, but imaginary people. If you remember any keywords, try doing this search in google: "site:thislife.org keyword keyword keyword". I've already tried most of the obvious ones from the post; do you remember a song that it could be?
posted by michaelkuznet at 8:46 PM on June 26, 2005


I remember hearing this story and I'm 100% sure it was TAL but I searched and searched the website using all sorts of keywords and couldn't find it. Maybe you can come up with better keywords.
posted by CunningLinguist at 10:13 PM on June 26, 2005


I think it was on Selected Shorts!
posted by hortense at 10:58 PM on June 26, 2005


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