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Thomas McGuane Reads "Riddle"

18:08 | Dec 12th, 2017

Thomas McGuane reads his story from the November 13, 2017, issue of the magazine. McGuane has published thirteen books of fiction, including the story collections "Gallatin Canyon" and "Crow Fair." A new volume, titled "Cloudbursts: Collected and New...Show More

Lauren Groff Reads “Dogs Go Wolf”

36:46 | Aug 22nd, 2017

What the storm had erased was the silence from the other cabin. For hours, there had been no laughing, no bottle caps falling, none of the bickering that the girls had grown used to over the past two days. This was because there were no more adults. ...Show More

Zadie Smith Reads "Crazy They Call Me"

17:46 | Feb 28th, 2017

Take back your mink, take back your pearls. But you don’t sing that song, it’s not in your key. Let some other girl sing it.The type who gets a smile from a cop even if she’s crossing Broadway in her oldest Terylene housedress. You don’t have that lu...Show More

Robert Coover Reads "The Hanging of the Schoolmarm"

09:54 | Nov 22nd, 2016

“The schoolmarm’s just showing off again, making their brains ache, unrepentant criminal that she is.”

T. Coraghessan Boyle Reads "Asleep at the Wheel"

35:32 | Feb 5th

T. Coraghessan Boyle reads his short story from the February 11, 2019, issue of the magazine. Boyle is the author of more than two dozen books of fiction, including the novels "The Terranauts" and "The Harder They Come." A new novel, "Outside Looking...Show More

Emma Cline Reads "What Can You Do With a General"

41:29 | Jan 29th

Emma Cline reads her short story from the February 4, 2019, issue of the magazine. Cline's first novel, "The Girls," was published in 2016. She is a winner of The Paris Review's Plimpton Prize, and was named one of Granta's Best Young American Noveli...Show More

Salvatore Scibona Reads "Do Not Stop"

42:26 | Jan 15th

Salvatore Scibona reads his short story from the January 21, 2019, issue of the magazine. Scibona's first novel, "The End," was a finalist for the National Book Award and a winner of the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His second...Show More

Taymour Soomro Reads "Philosophy of the Foot"

40:05 | Jan 1st

Taymour Soomro reads his short story from the January 7, 2019, issue of the magazine. This is Soomro's first fiction publication.

Mary Gaitskill Reads "Acceptance Journey"

56:07 | Dec 18th, 2018

Mary Gaitskill reads her short story from the December 24 & 31, 2018, issue of the magazine. Gaitskill is the author of three novels and three story collections, including "Because They Wanted To" and "Don't Cry." Her novel "Veronica" was a finalist ...Show More

Linn Ullmann Reads "Time for the Eyes to Adjust"

46:48 | Dec 11th, 2018

Linn Ullmann reads her short story from the December 17, 2018, issue of the magazine. Ullmann is the author of six novels, including "A Blessed Child" and "The Cold Song." "Time for the Eyes to Adjust" is adapted from her novel "Unquiet," which will ...Show More

Joy Williams Reads "Chaunt"

23:25 | Dec 4th, 2018

Joy Williams reads her short story from the December 10, 2018, issue of the magazine. Williams is the author of four novels and five story collections, including "Ninety-Nine Stories of God" and "The Visiting Privilege." She won the Rea Award for the...Show More

Garth Greenwell Reads "The Frog King"

49:42 | Nov 20th, 2018

Garth Greenwell reads his short story from the November 26, 2018, issue of the magazine. Greenwell's first novel, "What Belongs to You," was published in 2016. It won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year and was a finalist for several other p...Show More

Sam Lipsyte Reads "Show Recent Some Love"

38:17 | Nov 13th, 2018

Sam Lipsyte reads his short story from the November 19, 2018, issue of the magazine. Lipsyte is the author of five books of fiction, including the novel "The Ask" and the story collection "The Fun Parts." A new novel, "Hark," will be published in Jan...Show More

Tony Earley Reads "Backpack"

45:23 | Oct 30th, 2018

Tony Earley reads his short story from the November 5, 2018, issue of the magazine. Earley is the author of five books, including the story collection "Mr. Tall" and the novels "Jim the Boy" and "The Blue Star." He has been publishing fiction and non...Show More

Bryan Washington Reads "Waugh"

54:28 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Bryan Washington reads his short story from the October 29, 2018, issue of the magazine. Washington's first collection of stories, "Lot," will be published in March. He lives in Houston.

Kevin Barry Reads "The Coast of Leitrim"

34:35 | Oct 9th, 2018

Kevin Barry reads his short story from the October 15, 2018, issue of the magazine. Barry is the author of two story collections, “There Are Little Kingdoms” and “Dark Lies the Island,” as well as the novels “Beatlebone” and “City of Bohane,” for whi...Show More

Yiyun Li Reads "When We Were Happy We Had Other Names"

38:16 | Sep 25th, 2018

Yiyun Li reads her short story from the October 1, 2018, issue of the magazine. Li is the author of two story collections and two novels, "The Vagrants" and "Kinder Than Solitude." Her book of memoir and essays, "Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to ...Show More

Tessa Hadley Reads "Cecilia Awakened"

35:46 | Sep 11th, 2018

Tessa Hadley reads her short story from the September 17, 2018, issue of the magazine. Hadley has published nine books of fiction, including the novel "The Past" and the story collections "Married Love" and "Bad Dreams and Other Stories."

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh Reads "Audition"

42:46 | Sep 4th, 2018

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh reads his short story from the September 10, 2018, issue of the magazine. Sayrafiezadeh is the author of the story collection "Brief Encounters with the Enemy," which was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for début fic...Show More

Sana Krasikov Reads "Ways and Means"

51:17 | Aug 21st, 2018

Sana Krasikov reads her short story from the August 27, 2018, issue of the magazine. Krasikov is the author of the story collection "One More Year," for which she won the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award, and the novel "The Patriots," wh...Show More

Callan Wink Reads "A Refugee Crisis"

37:31 | Aug 14th, 2018

Callan Wink reads his short story from the August 20, 2018, issue of the magazine. Wink's début story collection, "Dog Run Moon," was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He works as a fly-fishing guide in Montana.

Richard Ford Reads "Displaced"

51:17 | Jul 31st, 2018

Richard Ford reads his short story from the August 6 & 13, 2018, issue of the magazine. Ford is the author of five short-story collections and seven novels, including "Independence Day," "The Lay of the Land," and "Canada." He is working on a new col...Show More

T. Coraghessan Boyle Reads "I Walk Between the Raindrops"

38:05 | Jul 24th, 2018

T. Coraghessan Boyle reads his short story from the July 30, 2018, issue of the magazine. Boyle is the author of more than two dozen books of fiction, including the novels "The Terranauts" and "The Harder They Come." A new novel, "Outside Looking In,...Show More

Zadie Smith Reads "Now More Than Ever"

22:52 | Jul 17th, 2018

Zadie Smith reads her short story from the July 23, 2018, issue of the magazine. Smith is the author of five novels, including "NW" and "Swing Time." Her essay collection "Feel Free" was published in February.

Lauren Groff Reads "Under the Wave"

21:53 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Lauren Groff reads her story from the July 9 & 16, 2018, issue of the magazine. Groff has published three novels, including "Arcadia," in 2012, and "Fates and Furies," in 2015. Her second story collection, "Florida," came out last month.

Joseph O'Neill Reads "The First World"

39:04 | Jun 26th, 2018

Joseph O'Neill reads his story from the July 2, 2018, issue of the magazine. O'Neill is the author of four novels, including "Netherland," which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2009, and "The Dog." His first story collection, "Good Trouble,...Show More

Gary Shteyngart Reads "The Luck of Kokura"

51:23 | Jun 19th, 2018

Gary Shteyngart reads his story from the June 25, 2018, issue of the magazine. Shteyngart has published three novels, including "Absurdistan" and "Super Sad True Love Story," and the memoir "Little Failure." His fourth novel, "Lake Success," from whi...Show More

Weike Wang Reads "Omakase"

36:02 | Jun 12th, 2018

Weike Wang reads her story "Omakase," from the June 18, 2018, issue of The New Yorker. Wang's first novel, "Chemistry," which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, was published last year.

David Gilbert Reads "Fungus"

49:04 | Jun 5th, 2018

David Gilbert reads his story "Fungus," from the June 4 & 11, 2018, issue of The New Yorker. Gilbert is the author of the story collection "Remote Feed," and two novels, "& Sons" and "The Normals."

Karen Russell Reads "Orange World"

53:22 | May 29th, 2018

Karen Russell reads her story "Orange World," from the June 4 & 11, 2018, issue of The New Yorker. Russell is the author of two short-story collections, and the novel "Swamplandia," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She was included in the...Show More

Ben Marcus Reads "Stay Down and Take It"

39:19 | May 22nd, 2018

Ben Marcus reads his story "Stay Down and Take It," from the May 28, 2018, issue of the magazine. Marcus has published two novels and two short-story collections, including "The Flame Alphabet" and "Leaving the Sea," which was shortlisted for the Fra...Show More

Edwidge Danticat Reads "Without Inspection"

37:48 | May 8th, 2018

Edwidge Danticat reads her story "Without Inspection," from the May 14th, 2018, issue of the magazine. Danticat is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novels "The Dew Breaker" and "Claire of the Sea Light." Her most recent book is th...Show More

Robert Coover Reads "Treatments"

21:24 | Apr 24th, 2018

Coover is the author of eleven novels, including “The Public Burning,” “The Brunist Day of Wrath,” and “Huck Out West.” His story collection “Going for a Beer” was published earlier this year.

Yiyun Li Reads "A Flawless Silence”

40:43 | Apr 17th, 2018

Li is the author of two novels and two story collections, “Gold Boy, Emerald Girl” and “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.” A book of memoir and essays, “Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life,” was published last year.

Keith Gessen Reads "How Did We Come to Know You?"

44:09 | Apr 10th, 2018

Keith Gessen reads his story “How Did We Come to Know You?,” from the April 16, 2018, issue of the magazine. Gessen’s first novel, “All the Sad Young Literary Men,” came out in 2008. His second novel, “A Terrible Country,” from which this story was a...Show More

Camille Bordas Reads "The State of Nature"

37:11 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Camille Bordas reads her story “The State of Nature,” from the April 9, 2018, issue of the magazine. Bordas has published two novels in France, “Les Treize Desserts” and “Partie Commune.” Her first novel in English, “How to Behave in a Crowd,” was pu...Show More

Sam Allingham Reads "The Intermediate Class"

39:29 | Mar 27th, 2018

Sam Allingham reads his story “The Intermediate Class,” from the April 2, 2018, issue of the magazine. Allingham’s first story collection, “The Great American Songbook,” was published in 2016. He has published fiction in One Story, Epoch, and America...Show More

Tommy Orange Reads "The State"

35:47 | Mar 20th, 2018

Tommy Orange reads his story “The State,” from the March 26, 2018, issue of the magazine. Orange is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Orange will publish his first novel, "There There," from which this story w...Show More

Gish Jen Reads "No More Maybe"

35:32 | Mar 13th, 2018

Gish Jen reads her story “No More Maybe,” from the March 19, 2018, issue of the magazine. Jen has published four novels, including “Mona in the Promised Land” and “World and Town,” and the short-story collection “Who’s Irish?.” Her most recent book i...Show More

Joseph O’Neill Reads "The Poltroon Husband"

28:52 | Mar 6th, 2018

Joseph O’Neill reads his story "The Poltroon Husband" from the March 12, 2018, issue of the magazine. O'Neill has published four novels, including “Netherland,” which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2009, and “The Dog,” which came out in 20...Show More

Nicole Krauss Reads "Seeing Ershadi"

39:37 | Feb 27th, 2018

Nicole Krauss reads her story "Seeing Ershadi," from the March 5, 2018, issue of the magazine. Krauss is the author of four novels, including “The History of Love” and “Forest Dark,” which was published last year. Her story “The Young Painters” was i...Show More

Rachel Kushner Reads "Stanville"

55:33 | Feb 6th, 2018

Rachel Kushner reads her story "Stanville," from the February 12 & 19, 2018, issue of the magazine. Kushner is the author of two novels, "Telex from Cuba" and "The Flamethrowers," both of which were finalists for the National Book Award. Her third no...Show More

Jeffrey Eugenides Reads "Bronze"

56:12 | Jan 30th, 2018

Jeffrey Eugenides reads his story "Bronze" from the February 5th, 2018, issue of the magazine. Eugenides is the author of three novels, including "Middlesex," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. His most recent book, the story collection "Fresh Com...Show More

Jhumpa Lahiri Reads "The Boundary"

20:37 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Jhumpa Lahiri reads her story from the January 29, 2018, issue of the magazine. Lahiri is the author of two novels and two short-story collections. Her first book, "Interpreter of Maladies," won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and her most recent novel, ...Show More

David Gates Reads "Texas"

32:03 | Jan 9th, 2018

David Gates reads his story from the January 15, 2018, issue of the magazine. Gates is the author of four books of fiction, including the novel "Preston Falls" and the story collection "A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me," which was published in 2015.

Sadia Shepard Reads "Foreign-Returned"

52:56 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Sadia Shepard reads her story from the January 8, 2018, issue of the magazine. Shepard is a writer and documentary film producer. Her first book, "The Girl from Foreign: A Memoir," was published in 2008.

Colin Barrett Reads "Whoever is There, Come on Through"

41:35 | Dec 26th, 2017

Colin Barrett reads his story from the January 1, 2018, issue of the magazine. Barrett is the author of the story collection "Young Skins," which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Guardian First Book Award in 2014.

Zadie Smith Reads "The Lazy River"

19:53 | Dec 19th, 2017

Zadie Smith reads her story from the December 18th & 25th, 2017, issue of the magazine. Smith is the author of five novels, including "NW" and "Swing Time." Her essay collection "Feel Free" will be published in February.

Kristen Roupenian Reads "Cat Person"

40:10 | Dec 5th, 2017

Kristen Roupenian reads her story "Cat Person," from the December 11, 2017, issue of the magazine. Roupenian recently completed an M.F.A. and is now a Zell Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Will Mackin Reads “The Lost Troop”

29:50 | Nov 21st, 2017

Will Mackin reads his story "The Lost Troop,” from the November 27th, 2017, issue of the magazine. Mackin, who retired from the Navy in 2014, will publish his first story collection, "Bring Out the Dog," in March.

David Gilbert Reads “The Sightseers”

52:38 | Nov 14th, 2017

David Gilbert reads his story from the November 20, 2017, issue of the magazine. Gilbert is the author of the story collection “Remote Feed” and the author of two novels, “& Sons” and “The Normals.”

Anne Enright Reads "The Hotel"

14:42 | Oct 31st, 2017

Anne Enright reads her story from the November 6, 2017, issue of the magazine. Enright has published three short-story collections and six novels, including “The Gathering,” which won the Man Booker prize in 2007, and “The Green Road,” which came out...Show More

Joseph O’Neill Reads “The Sinking of The Houston”

29:20 | Oct 24th, 2017

Joseph O’Neill reads his story from the October 30, 2017, issue of the magazine. O’Neill has published four novels, including “Netherland,” which won the PEN/Faulkner award in 2009, and “The Dog” which came out in 2014.

Edwidge Danticat Reads “Sunrise, Sunset”

45:02 | Oct 17th, 2017

Edwidge Danticat reads her story from the September 18, 2017, issue of the magazine. Danticat is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novels “The Dew Breaker” and “Claire of the Sea Light.” Her most recent book is the memoir “The Art ...Show More

Tessa Hadley Reads “Funny Little Snake”

55:17 | Oct 10th, 2017

Tessa Hadley reads her story from the October 16, 2017, issue of the magazine. Hadley has published six novels and four short-story collections, including “Sunstroke and Other Stories” and “Married Love.” In 2016, she won the Windham-Campbell Prize f...Show More

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum Reads “Likes”

44:19 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum reads her story from the October 9, 2017, issue of the magazine. Bynum is the author of two novels, “Madeleine is Sleeping” and “Ms. Hempel Chronicles.” Her story “The Erlking” was included in The New Yorker’s "20 Under 40” issu...Show More

Ben Marcus reads “Blueprints for St. Louis”

41:29 | Sep 26th, 2017

"“Terrorism” wasn’t really the term anymore. Ida found that it soured in her mouth, like a German word for some obscure feeling.“Tax”seemed to be a finer way to put it. A tax had been levied in St. Louis. In New Orleans last year, in Tucson three yea...Show More

Jonas Hassen Khemiri reads “As You Would Have Told it to Me (Sort of) If We Had Known Each Other Before You Died"

34:20 | Sep 19th, 2017

Jonas Hassen Khemiri reads his story from the September 25, 2017, issue of the magazine. Khemiri is a Swedish playwright and novelist, whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His most recent novel, “Everything I Don’t Remember...Show More

Allegra Goodman Reads “F.A.Q.s”

36:49 | Sep 5th, 2017

Allegra Goodman reads her story from the September 11, 2017, issue of the magazine. Goodman is the author of two story collections and six novels including “Kaaterskill Falls,” “The Cookbook Collector,” and “The Chalk Artist,” which was published ear...Show More

Miranda July Reads “The Metal Bowl”

31:05 | Aug 29th, 2017

Miranda July reads her story from the September 4, 2017, issue of the magazine.  July is a writer, artist, film director, and actor.  She is the author of the story collection “No One Belongs Here More Than You,” and a novel, “The First Bad Man,” whi...Show More

Garth Greenwell Reads “An Evening Out”

46:24 | Aug 15th, 2017

I knew I was acting badly, that I was looking too brazenly and too long, that I shouldn’t have looked at all. I would be ashamed later but I wasn’t ashamed now, I kept watching as the stream weakened and became intermittent, let him know, I said to m...Show More

Kirstin Valdez Quade Reads "Christina the Astonishing (1150-1224)"

46:54 | Jul 25th, 2017

Gertrude holds her belly in skeletal arms. She sinks to her knees before Christina, pulls at Christina’s limp hands. “Please let me keep it,”she begs.“Please, Christina. I know you can intercede with God. Please do this for me.”

Cristina Henríquez Reads “Everything is Far From Here”

20:48 | Jul 18th, 2017

What if she’s forgotten what he looks like? What if she’s gone crazy? What if he’s here, lying in one of those cribs, and she sees him every single day without realizing he’s her son? What if it’s been too long? What if memory fails? What if everythi...Show More

Andrew Sean Greer reads “It’s a Summer Day”

42:23 | Jun 13th, 2017

Arthur Less recalls intercontinental-travel advice that his old flame Freddy once gave him: "They serve you dinner, you take your sleeping pill, they serve you breakfast, you're there."

Will Mackin reads “Crossing the River No Name”

29:44 | Jun 6th, 2017

"One rainy night, in March, 2009, we crossed a muddy field to intercept a group of Taliban who’d come out of the mountains of Pakistan. They were walking west. We were patrolling north to arrive at a point ahead of them, where we’d set up an ambush."

Sherman Alexie reads “Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest”

30:57 | Jun 3rd, 2017

"On a Tuesday morning, she knocked on the door of 213. A corner room. Larger than standard. With two big windows instead of one. Twenty more dollars a night. The guest had been there for three nights and was sup- posed to check out by noon. She knock...Show More

Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “Show Don’t Tell”

44:46 | May 30th, 2017

"A lot of the people in our program were nakedly emotional in a way that, in childhood, I had so successfully trained myself not to be that I almost really wasn’t. Before entering grad school, I had never felt normal, but here I was competent and wel...Show More

Samantha Hunt Reads “A Love Story”

48:41 | May 16th, 2017

What’s the scariest sound a person can hear? In a quiet country house where the closest neighbors are pretty far away, the scariest possible sound is a man coughing outside at night.

Etgar Keret Reads “Fly Already”

13:30 | May 9th, 2017

The guy on the roof nods—it looks like he heard something this time— and shouts at me,“How did you know? How did you know she died?” Someone always dies, I want to yell back. Always.

Yiyun Li Reads “A Small Flame”

45:26 | May 2nd, 2017

Bella wanted Miss Chu to know that she understood the indifference they both had to endure; she wanted Miss Chu to suffer less because she was suffering with her. Yet Miss Chu treated Bella with more sarcasm than she treated the other students.

David Means Reads “Two Ruminations on a Homeless Brother”

23:51 | Apr 25th, 2017

David Means reads his story “Two Ruminations on a Homeless Brother,” from the May 1, 2017, issue of the magazine.

Lara Vapnyar Reads “Deaf and Blind”

40:03 | Apr 18th, 2017

Lara Vapnyar reads her story “Deaf and Blind” from the April 24, 2017, issue of the magazine.

Akhil Sharma reads “You Are Happy?”

26:25 | Apr 11th, 2017

The next day, Lakshman telephoned India. He gripped the phone and spoke in a soft, tight voice. “Mommy says she is going to stay in bed and drink.” Even as he was speaking, he knew that his father would find some way to make light of what was happeni...Show More

Emma Cline Reads "Northeast Regional"

39:17 | Apr 4th, 2017

He stood there for another few minutes before a boy and a girl ambled toward him, the boy not immediately recognizable as his son. It was Rowan, obvious now as the boy got closer, and Richard pretended he’d known all along. Wasn’t that what parents w...Show More

John Lanchester Reads "Signal"

44:28 | Mar 28th, 2017

Kate and I looked at each other and shrugged. Hector was lonely and missing his children. It made sense. But then Kate noticed something, and that was when the holiday went irrecoverably wrong.

Victor Lodato Reads “Herman Melville, Volume I”

55:24 | Mar 21st, 2017

He pushes her against a tree, and even though his hand is somewhere else, the girl feels it on her throat. She can’t speak. She only squeaks. A shadow falls, as if to give them privacy. The man takes full advantage. “Get the fuck away from her.”There...Show More

Anne Enright Reads "Solstice"

15:24 | Mar 7th, 2017

This was the part of the journey that he loved best: the street lamps gave way to the idea of countryside, and there was a song on the radio as the road opened up ahead. The music made him feel like he could keep driving forever. It was a love song, ...Show More

Lore Segal Reads "Ladies' Lunch"

19:43 | Feb 21st, 2017

Lotte said, “I have not told Alana or Minnie that I’ve died. I thought awhile before telling Sam, but he was fine. He was really very good about it, my poor Sam.”

Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “The Prairie Wife”

40:38 | Feb 7th, 2017

Kirsten’s commute is when she really focusses on whether she has the power to destroy Lucy Headrick’s life. Yes, the question hums in the background at other moments, like when Kirsten is at the grocery store and sees a cooking magazine with Lucy on ...Show More

David Gilbert Reads “Underground”

47:29 | Jan 31st, 2017

“Love, in all forms, had turned into a kind of regret.”

Alix Ohlin Reads “Quarantine”

37:40 | Jan 24th, 2017

“She found it hurtful to see other people’s smiling, healthy families or, even worse, to hear about lives that seemed as fragile as her own.”

Elif Batuman Reads “Constructed Worlds”

48:10 | Jan 17th, 2017

"It was a mystery to me how Svetlana generated so many opinions. Any piece of information seemed to produce an opinion on contact. Meanwhile, I went from class to class, read hundreds—thousands—of pages of the distilled ideas of the great thinkers of...Show More

Thomas Pierce Reads "Chairman Spaceman"

43:58 | Jan 10th, 2017

“Jerome, with a very serious expression, asked what Dom would do if an alien wanted to have sex with him.”

Yiyun Li Reads “On The Street Where You Live”

42:58 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Yiyun Li reads her story “On The Street Where You Live,” from the January 9, 2017, issue of the magazine.

Camille Bordas Reads “Most Die Young”

42:46 | Dec 27th, 2016

“Within the hour, he’d packed and left, and, although it’s true that things hadn’t been great between us for a while—we’d run out of things to say to each other, and our silences were, frankly, boring—I would have appreciated a little notice, a littl...Show More

Joseph O'Neill Reads "Pardon Edward Snowden"

32:04 | Dec 6th, 2016

“The poet Mark McCain received an e-mail inviting him to sign a ‘poetition’ requesting that President Obama pardon Edward Snowden.”

Lauren Groff Reads "Flower Hunters"

22:38 | Nov 15th, 2016

“What is it about me that people need breaks from? she asks the dog, who looks as though she wants to say something but, out of innate gentleness, refrains.”

T.C. Boyle Reads "Are We Not Men?"

38:47 | Nov 1st, 2016

"In a room at GenLab, Connie and I were presented with an exhaustive menu of just how our chromosomes could be made to match up.”

Ottessa Moshfegh Reads "An Honest Woman"

48:31 | Oct 18th, 2016

"Jeb could hear almost everything that went on in her house, he’d figured out, if he listened carefully from his basement window."

Kevin Barry Reads "Deer Season"

25:14 | Oct 4th, 2016

“It’s the sort of thing that could get me in a lot of trouble around here,” he said. “Who’ll know?” she said.

Etgar Keret Reads “To the Moon and Back”

16:49 | Sep 27th, 2016

Etgar Keret reads his story “To the Moon and Back,” from the October 3, 2016, issue of the magazine. The story was translated, from the Hebrew, by Sondra Silverston. Keret is the author, most recently, of the memoir “The Seven Good Years,” which was ...Show More

Rivka Galchen Reads “How Can I Help?”

28:17 | Sep 13th, 2016

Rivka Galchen reads her story “How Can I Help?,” from the September 19, 2016, issue of the magazine. Galchen's story collection, “American Innovations,” was published in 2014. She was included in The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 issue in 2010. She's been...Show More

Robert Coover Reads “Invasion of the Martians”

25:52 | Sep 6th, 2016

Robert Coover reads his story “Invasion of the Martians,” from the September 19, 2016, issue of the magazine. Coover is the author of ten novels, including “The Origin of the Brunists, “The Adventures of Lucky Pierre,” and “The Brunist Day of Wrath.”...Show More

Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “Gender Studies”

29:39 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Curtis Sittenfeld reads her story “Gender Studies,” from the August 29, 2016, issue of the magazine. Sittenfeld is the author of five novels, including “Prep“ and “American Wife.” Her most recent novel, “Eligible,” was published earlier this year. Th...Show More

Thomas McGuane Reads “Papaya”

34:48 | Aug 16th, 2016

Thomas McGuane reads his story “Papaya,” from the August 22, 2016, issue of the magazine. McGuane has published ten novels and three short story collections, including, most recently, “Crow Fair.” He's been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since ...Show More

Tessa Hadley Reads “Dido's Lament”

35:21 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Tessa Hadley reads her story “Dido's Lament,” from the August 8 & 15, 2016, issue of the magazine. Hadley has published six novels and four story collections, including “Sunstroke and Other Stories” and “Married Love.” She won this year’s Windham Cam...Show More

Joshua Ferris Reads “The Abandonment”

45:01 | Jul 26th, 2016

Joshua Ferris reads his story “The Abandonment,” from the August 1, 2016, issue of the magazine. Ferris is the author of three novels, including “The Unnamed” and “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.” He has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker sinc...Show More

Joy Williams Reads “Stuff”

31:18 | Jul 19th, 2016

Joy Williams reads her story “Stuff,” from the July 25, 2016, issue of the magazine. Williams is the author of five story collections and four novels, including “Breaking and Entering” and “The Quick and the Dead.” Her collection “99 Stories of God” ...Show More

Michael Andreasen Reads “The King's Teacup at Rest”

29:51 | Jun 29th, 2016

Michael Andreasen reads his story “The King's Teacup at Rest,” from the July 11, 2016, issue of the magazine. Andreasen has published fiction in "Zoetrope: Allstory" and elsewhere. This is his first story in The New Yorker.

T. Coraghessan Boyle Reads “The Fugitive”

34:34 | Jun 28th, 2016

T. Coraghessan Boyle reads his story “The Fugitive,” from the July 4, 2016, issue of the magazine. Boyle has published more than two dozen stories in The New Yorker. He is the author of fifteen novels, including “San Miguel” and “The Harder They Come...Show More

Paul Theroux Reads “Upside-Down Cake”

33:23 | Jun 21st, 2016

Paul Theroux reads his short story “Upside-Down Cake,” from the June 27, 2016, issue of the magazine. Theroux has written more than 50 books of fiction and nonfiction, including “The Mosquito Coast,” “The Great Railway Bazaar,” “The Lower River,” and...Show More

Karen Russell Reads “The Bog Girl”

46:36 | Jun 14th, 2016

Karen Russell reads her story “The Bog Girl,” from the June 20, 2016, issue of the magazine. Russell is the author of two story collections, and the novel “Swamplandia!.” She was included in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” issue in 2010, and is a 2013...Show More

Ben Lerner Reads “The Polish Rider”

41:56 | Jun 7th, 2016

Ben Lerner reads his story “The Polish Rider,” from the June 6 and 13, 2016, issue of the magazine. Lerner is the author of the novels “Leaving the Atocha Station” and “10:04,” and three books of poetry. He’s a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. He has been publ...Show More

Zadie Smith Reads “Two Men Arrive in a Village”

14:41 | May 31st, 2016

Zadie Smith reads her story “Two Men Arrive in a Village,” from the June 6 and 13, 2016, issue of the magazine. Smith is the author of five novels, including “Swing Time,” which will be published in November. She has been publishing fiction in The Ne...Show More

Charles Yu Reads “Fable”

36:40 | May 23rd, 2016

Charles Yu reads his story “Fable,” from the May 30, 2016, issue of the magazine. Yu is the author of two story collections and one novel, “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.”  This is his first story in The New Yorker.

Lauren Groff Reads “The Midnight Zone”

26:23 | May 16th, 2016

Lauren Groff reads her story “The Midnight Zone,” from the May 23, 2016, issue of the magazine. Groff is the author of one story collection and three novels, including “Arcadia” and “Fates and Furies.” She has been publishing fiction in The New Yorke...Show More

Akhil Sharma Reads “A Life of Adventure and Delight”

29:48 | May 9th, 2016

Akhil Sharma reads his story “A Life of Adventure and Delight,” from the May 16, 2016, issue of the magazine. Sharma is the author of two novels, “An Obedient Father” and ”Family Life.” He has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since 1997.

John L'Heureux Reads ”Three Short Moments in a Long Life"

31:13 | May 2nd, 2016

John L'Heureux reads his story “Three Short Moments in a Long Life,” from the May 9, 2016, issue of the magazine. L'Heureux is the author of twenty books, including the novels, “The Miracle,” and “The Medici Boy.” He has been publishing fiction in Th...Show More

Alexandra Kleeman Reads “Choking Victim”

38:24 | Apr 25th, 2016

Alexandra Kleeman reads her story “Choking Victim,” from the May 2, 2016, issue of the magazine. Kleeman is the author of the novel “You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine,” which was published in 2015. This is her first story in The New Yorker.

Lara Vapnyar Reads “Waiting for the Miracle”

36:25 | Apr 18th, 2016

Lara Vapnyar reads her story “Waiting for the Miracle,” from the April 25, 2016, issue of the magazine. Vapnyar is the author of two short-story collections, “There are Jews in My House,” and “Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love,” and two novel...Show More

Colin Barrett Reads “Anhedonia, Here I Come”

36:27 | Apr 11th, 2016

Colin Barrett reads his story “Anhedonia, Here I Come,” from the April 18, 2016, issue of the magazine. Barrett is the author of the story collection “Young Skins,” which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the Guardian First B...Show More

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum Reads “The Burglar”

44:13 | Apr 4th, 2016

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum reads her story “The Burglar,” from the April 11, 2016, issue of the magazine.Bynum is the author of two novels, “Madeleine is Sleeping” and “Ms. Hempel Chronicles.” She has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since 2008.

Kevin Canty Reads “God's Work”

30:32 | Mar 28th, 2016

Kevin Canty reads his story from the April 4, 2016, issue of the magazine. Canty is the author of three short-story collections and four novels, including “A Stranger in the World,” “Where the Money Went,” “Winslow in Love,” and, most recently, “Ever...Show More

Ian McEwan Reads “My Purple Scented Novel”

30:00 | Mar 21st, 2016

Ian McEwan reads his story from the March 28, 2016 issue of the magazine. McEwan has published sixteen books of fiction, including “The Children Act,” “Sweet Tooth,” “Saturday,” and “Atonment.” This story was inspired by “L’image volée,” an exhibitio...Show More

Introducing The Author’s Voice: New Fiction from The New Yorker

1:21:26 | Mar 15th, 2016

Beginning March 21st, you’ll be able to hear the short stories that appear in The New Yorker, read by their authors, on our new podcast, The Author’s Voice: New Fiction from The New Yorker. For this special, one-time preview episode of the podcast, w...Show More