A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Gary Shteyngart Reads Weike Wang
Gary Shteyngart joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Omakase,” by Weike Wang, which was published in *The New Yorker* in 2018. Shteyngart is the author of five novels including, most recently, “Lake Success” and “Our Country Friends.”
Ling Ma Reads Nicole Krauss
Ling Ma joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Seeing Ershadi,” by Nicole Krauss, which was published in The New Yorker in 2018. Ma is the author of the novel “Severance” and the story collection “Bliss Montage,” which came out in September.
Jamil Jan Kochai Reads Yiyun Li
Jamil Jan Kochai joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “All Will Be Well,” by Yiyun Li, which was published in The New Yorker in 2019. Kochai is the author of two books, the novel “99 Nights in Logar,” which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the story collection “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak,” which is a finalist for the National Book Award. He is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton.
Madeleine Thien Reads Yoko Ogawa
Madeleine Thien joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “The Cafeteria in the Evening and a Pool in the Rain,” by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, which was published in The New Yorker in 2004. Thien’s books include the novels “Dogs at the Perimeter” and “Do Not Say We Have Nothing,” which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Elif Batuman Reads Sylvia Townsend Warner
Elif Batuman joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Truth and Fiction,” by Sylvia Townsend Warner, which was published in The New Yorker in 1961. Batuman is the author of one book of nonfiction, “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them,” and two novels, “The Idiot” and “Either/Or,” which was published earlier this year. She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010.
André Alexis Reads Italo Calvino
André Alexis joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Waiting for Death in a Hotel,” by Italo Calvino, translated, from the Italian, by Martin McLaughlin, which was published in The New Yorker in 2006. Alexis’s novels include “Childhood,” “Days by Moonlight,” and “Fifteen Dogs,” which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015.
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July 1 story EXPLICIT
Just a heads up that this months story is extremely graphic. Sex, violence, mutilation -I get that Apple might not be able to mark individual shows as explicit, so I wanted to alert anyone who might be checking out reviews before diving in. Yikes
Having a female try to lower her voice to read a story from a males point of view was cringy.. kinda like how all the empowered women would freak out if a man tried to read a woman’s story and raised his voice higher .. how one sided the world has gotten.. if your gunna be so angry about one aspect be the same about another..
No need to feature a man who SA’d
I am really disappointed that Sherman Alexie gave the reading in the April 2022 episode. He doesn’t deserve this platform (see articles from 2018 exposing his long history of using his fame to corner, intimidate and coerce women into s*x). He also has worked to thwart the rise and success of women in the writing industry. Instead, female Indigenous writers would be a much better group to pull from. There are many that could be invited, and as listeners, we would be much the better for it.