Full episode
281: My Big Break
Act Three

Oedipus Hex

Shalom Auslander reads his true story, "The Blessing Bee." It's about the time when, as a third-grader at an Orthodox Jewish school, Shalom saw his chance to both make his mom proud, and push his drunken father out of the picture. Part of his scheme involved winning the school's bee on the complicated Hebrew blessings you say before eating certain foods. The other part of the scheme: Sinning. Shalom's book of short stories is called Beware of God. "The Blessing Bee" will be published in his upcoming memoir. (19 minutes)