A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Douglas Stuart Reads Kevin Barry
Douglas Stuart joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Fjord of Killary,” by Kevin Barry, which appeared in a 2010 issue of the magazine. Stuart’s first novel, “Shuggie Bain,” won the Booker Prize in 2020.
Hisham Matar Reads Colm Tóibín
Hisham Matar joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “One Minus One,” by Colm Tóibín, which appeared in a 2007 issue of the magazine. Matar’s most recent book, the memoir “A Month in Siena,” came out last year.
Chang-rae Lee Reads Steven Millhauser
Chang-rae Lee joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Coming Soon,” by Steven Millhauser, which appeared in a 2013 issue of the magazine. Lee’s sixth novel, “My Year Abroad,” will be published in February.
Samantha Hunt Reads Yiyun Li
Samantha Hunt joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “A Sheltered Woman,” by Yiyun Li, which appeared in a 2014 issue of the magazine. Hunt’s four books of fiction include the story collection “The Dark Dark,” which was published in 2017, and “The Seas,” for which she won the National Book Foundations’s 5 Under 35 Award in 2006.
Elizabeth Strout Reads William Trevor
Elizabeth Strout joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Bravado,” by William Trevor, which appeared in a 2007 issue of the magazine. Strout’s most recent book, “Olive Again,” an Oprah’s book-club pick, was published in 2019.
ZZ Packer Reads Lesley Nneka Arimah
ZZ Packer joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Who Will Greet You At Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, which appeared in a 2015 issue of the magazine. Packer’s story collection, “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,” was published in 2003.
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The companionship of a good story
I live in a remote Canadian town and this podcast accompanies me on my walk every day. I have so much love for the stories. Deborah Treisman’s discussions are a perfect mix of intimacy and enlightenment. The talk with Allan Gurganus about Grace Paley’s story in which her father instructs her to massage her heart every morning—really massage it—I had to stop walking in order to weep properly. Thank you for this podcast. It is my favourite thing.
Time to upgrade the tech
I really love this podcast. But I think it might be hitting a technical wall of sorts.
Obviously, during the pandemic, readers are having to read from their homes. This means that the quality of their connection, probably on Zoom, makes sometimes for a bad listening experience. (I found the Jan 1 story to be almost incomprehensible a lot of the time.)
I would suggest that it’s time for some upgrading of technical standards. Including microphones with audio interface devices, wired connection to routers, and software (like Jamulus) to route to dedicated servers. This sort of thing is being implemented by musicians now for online playing and singing together. A relatively small investment of money and time makes a huge difference. And it doesn’t require any great technical expertise to get it working.
I think we’re in a time of transition. It’s like 30 years ago when it was amazing to hear any audio files at all (music, etc.) coming across on the internet. But the quality was terrible. We’re at a similar stage with personal connection to the internet.
What a treat!
How lucky to have such a selection of short stories read by such illustrious authors who then discuss the story in terms of themes and influences. This podcast is truest one of the greatest