A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Andrew O’Hagan Reads Donald Antrim
Andrew O’Hagan joins Deborah Treisman to discuss “An Actor Prepares,” by Donald Antrim, which was published in The New Yorker in 1999. O’Hagan is the author of six novels, including “The Illuminations” and “Mayflies,” which was published in 2020 and won the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize.
David Means Reads Lorrie Moore
David Means joins Deborah Treisman to discuss “Face Time,” by Lorrie Moore, which was published in The New Yorker in 2020. Means is the author of a novel and six story collections, including “Instructions for a Funeral” and “Two Nurses, Smoking,” which came out in 2022.
George Saunders Reads Claire Keegan
George Saunders joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “So Late in the Day,” by Claire Keegan, which was published in The New Yorker in 2022. Saunders is the author of the novel “Lincoln in the Bardo,” and five story collections, including “Tenth of December” and “Liberation Day,” which came out last year.
Ottessa Moshfegh Reads David Means
Ottessa Moshfegh joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Two Ruminations on a Homeless Brother,” by David Means, which was published in The New Yorker in 2017. Moshfegh is the author of four novels, including “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” and “Lapvona.”
Jonas Hassen Khemiri Reads Vladimir Nabokov
Jonas Hassen Khemiri joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “A Slice of Life,” by Vladimir Nabokov, translated from the Russian text of 1925, by Dmitri Nabokov, in collaboration with the author, which was published in The New Yorker in 1976. Khemiri is a Swedish fiction writer and playwright whose novels include “The Family Clause” and “Everything I Don’t Remember.”
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh Reads Samuel Beckett
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Ill Seen Ill Said,” by Samuel Beckett, which was published in The New Yorker in 1981. Sayrafiezadeh is the author of a memoir and two story collections, the most recent of which, “American Estrangement,” was published in 2021.
Beyond wonderful podcast
I so love this podcast, this literary podcast, that I don’t even have the words for it so I’ll just shut up now and say that this is absolutely superb and thank the New Yorker and Deborah Treisman for the wonderful work that they do. As a writer, I just eat up all this material. it’s like sitting in a very sophisticated workshop where you’re evaluating what you just read. You can’t do better than this
Love the author’s commentary on the episodes that have sound. Half of them have no sound. This is the only podcast that does this. I listen to at least 50 weekly so I know it is not on my end. It is a shame bc so many people put much work into each episode that is totally silent.
In my naïveté I was shocked to find some negative reviews of this podcast (but at least some of them are hilarious). What a gift it’s been through the years. A literary education. Deborah Treisman is such a good facilitator of discussion—you never feel she has any agenda but to appreciate the story and its author. I have a list of 20 favorite episodes, but I’ll spare you.