New Yorker fiction writers read their stories.
Han Ong Reads “The Monkey Who Speaks”
Han Ong reads his story “The Monkey Who Speaks,” from the September 13, 2021, issue of the magazine. Ong, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Berlin Prize, is the author of more than a dozen plays and two novels, “Fixer Chao” and “The Disinherited.”
George Saunders Reads “The Mom of Bold Action”
George Saunders reads his story “The Mom of Bold Action,” from the August 30, 2021, issue of the magazine. Saunders won the Man Booker Prize in 2017 for his novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.” He is the author of four story collections, including “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” and “Tenth of December.”
Emma Cline Reads “The Iceman”
Emma Cline reads her story “The Iceman,” from the August 23, 2021, issue of the magazine. Cline’s first novel, “The Girls,” a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, came out in 2016, and her story collection, “Daddy,” was published last year.
hurmat kazmi Reads “Selection Week”
hurmat kazmi reads their story “Selection Week,” from the August 16, 2021, issue of the magazine. kazmi, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, is a writer from Karachi, Pakistan, who lives and teaches in Iowa City.
Sarah Braunstein Reads “Superstition”
Sarah Braunstein reads her story “Superstition,” from the August 9, 2021, issue of the magazine. Braunstein is the author of the novel “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children,” which won the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Fiction and a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award.
Tessa Hadley Reads “Coda”
Tessa Hadley reads her story “Coda,” from the August 2, 2021, issue of the magazine. Hadley has published ten books of fiction, including the story collection “Bad Dreams and Other Stories” and the novel “Late In the Day,” which was published in 2019. She is a winner of the 2016 Wyndham-Campbell literature prize.
Maybe another reader...
I eagerly await each podcast in this series. While not all authors are great readers, most convey the meaning and mood in an authentic and personalized way, and leave me thinking about their stories for hours afterward. But really - a good writer does not necessarily a good reader make.
Some are, well, unlistenable, often due to unrelenting vocal fry. Or, as in this week’s episode, the reader over-enunciates each word as if he is using voice recognition software or is reading foreign words he doesn’t understand. Couldn’t listen to it.
Needs an explicit content warning
In case you’re listening with kids in the car. Even something in the episode bio would be helpful.
My favorite podcast, like the best reading series money can buy. I look forward to it each week.