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A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
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David Rabe Reads John Updike

David Rabe Reads John Updike

2020-02-0100:45:475

David Rabe joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “The Other Side of the Street,” by John Updike, which appeared in a 1991 issue of the magazine. Rabe, a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter, is the author of more than a dozen plays, including the Tony Award-winning “Sticks and Bones,” “In the Boom Boom Room,” and “Hurlyburly.” He received the PEN/Laura Pels Theatre Award as a Master American Dramatist in 2014. His novels include “Recital of the Dog” and “Girl by the Road at Night.” 
Andrea Lee joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Barn Burning,” by Haruki Murakami, which appeared in a 1992 issue of the magazine. Lee’s books of fiction include “Sarah Phillips,” “Interesting Women,” and “Lost Hearts in Italy.” A new book, “Red Island House,” will be published by Scribner in 2021. 
Ann Beattie joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Dédé,” by Mavis Gallant, which appeared in a 1987 issue of the magazine. Beattie has published eleven story collections and nine novels, including “Mrs. Nixon” and this year’s “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck.” She was also a winner of the 2005 Rea Award for the Short Story, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award. She has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since 1974. 
Garth Greenwell joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “The Shorn Lamb,” by Jean Stafford, which appeared in a 1953 issue of the magazine. Greenwell is a fiction writer, poet, and critic. His first novel, “What Belongs to You,” was published in 2016, and won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year. A new book of fiction, “Cleanness,” will be published in January. 
Jhumpa Lahiri Reads Primo Levi

Jhumpa Lahiri Reads Primo Levi

2019-10-0101:01:1314

Jhumpa Lahiri joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Quaestio De Centauris," by Primo Levi, translated, from the Italian, by Jenny McPhee, which appeared in a 2015 issue of the magazine. Lahiri is the author of four books of fiction, including the story collection "Interpreter of Maladies," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and the novel "The Lowland." She is the editor of "The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories," which was published in September.
Etgar Keret joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart," by Janet Frame, from a 1969 issue of the magazine. Keret has published several short-story collections, including "The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God," "The Girl on the Fridge," "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door," and "Fly Already." His memoir, "The Seven Good Years," was published in 2015.
Margaret Atwood joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Corrie," by Alice Munro, from a 2010 issue of the magazine. Atwood is the author of numerous collections of poetry, stories, and novels, including "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Blind Assassin," which won the Booker Prize in 2000, and "Stone Mattress." A winner of the Franz Kafka Prize and the Governor General's Award, among others, she will publish "The Testaments," a sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," in September.
Kirstin Valdez Quade joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Long Black Line," by John L'Heureux, from a 2018 issue of the magazine. Quade is the author of the story collection "Night at the Fiestas," which won the National Book Critic Circle's John Leonard Prize and a "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation.
Andrew Sean Greer joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "I Live on Your Visits," by Dorothy Parker, from a 1955 issue of the magazine. Greer is the author of six books of fiction, including "The Confessions of Max Tivoli," "The Story of a Marriage," and "Less," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018. 
Emma Cline Reads Miranda July

Emma Cline Reads Miranda July

2019-05-0100:58:1114

Emma Cline joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Metal Bowl," by Miranda July, from a 2017 issue of the magazine. Cline's first novel, "The Girls," was shortlisted for the John Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize.
Marisa Silver joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Nawabdin Electrician," by Daniyal Mueenuddin, from a 2007 issue of the magazine. Silver is the author of two short-story collections and four books of fiction, including "The God of War" and "Little Nothing."  
Joy Williams Reads Don DeLillo

Joy Williams Reads Don DeLillo

2019-03-0100:58:0920

Joy Williams joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Itch," by Don DeLillo, from a 2017 issue of the magazine. Williams is the author of four novels and five story collections, including "The Quick and the Dead," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and "Ninety-Nine Stories of God." Her most recent book is "The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories."
Joseph O'Neill joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Pet," by Nadine Gordimer, from a 1962 issue of the magazine. O'Neill's four novels include "The Dog" and "Netherland." His most recent book, the story collection "Good Trouble," was published last year.
Orhan Pamuk joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Ibn Hakkan Al-Bokhari, Dead in his Labyrinth," by Jorge Luis Borges, from a 1970 issue of the magazine. Pamuk's novels include "Snow," "My Name is Red," and "The Museum of Innocence." He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006.
Dave Eggers Reads Sam Shepard

Dave Eggers Reads Sam Shepard

2018-12-0100:56:2116

Dave Eggers joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Indianapolis (Highway 74)," by Sam Shepard, from a 2009 issue of the magazine. Eggers is the author of twelve books, including the novels "Heroes of the Frontier," "The Circle," and "The Wild Things." A new novel, "The Parade," will be published in March.  
Stuart Dybek joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Miracle Polish," by Steven Millhauser, from a 2011 issue of the magazine. Dybek is a poet and fiction writer, whose story collections include "Paper Lantern: Love Stories" and "Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories." He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.
Roddy Doyle Reads Lorrie Moore

Roddy Doyle Reads Lorrie Moore

2018-10-0101:10:3817

Roddy Doyle joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Community Life," by Lorrie Moore, from a 1991 issue of the magazine. Doyle is the author of two story collections - "The Deportees and Other Stories" and "Bullfighting" - as well as eleven novels for adults, including "Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha," which won the Booker Prize in 1993, and eight children's books. His most recent novel, "Smile," was published in 2017.
Tessa Hadley Reads John Updike

Tessa Hadley Reads John Updike

2018-09-0301:09:0913

Tessa Hadley joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "New York Girl," by John Updike, from a 1996 issue of the magazine. Hadley is the author of nine books of fiction, including the story collection "Bad Dreams and Other Stories," which was published last year. She won the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction in 2016 and has been publishing in The New Yorker since 2002.
Kate Walbert joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Pet Milk,” by Stuart Dybek, from a 1984 issue of the magazine.
Ottessa Moshfegh joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "My Life Is a Joke," by Sheila Heti, from a 2015 issue of the magazine.  
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Comments (26)

Amlan Sanyal

Great listen!

Jan 3rd
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Arpan Gupta

really hard to follow , but great story . thank you

Oct 25th
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Jason Weasly

why

Sep 3rd
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Wahoo Wahoo

My favorite episode. Greer's reading of the story is wonderful and brings the compelling characters to life. I will likely remember this reading for the rest of my life.

Aug 8th
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Lola LaLone

What a thoughtful and strange story about a lady dealing with her existential understanding of intimacy. Really loved the story and the reading!

Aug 2nd
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Pedro Abreu

compared to previous episodes this is boring as fuck... too woke/shallow, romantization of a classic 21st century hyper-sexualized narcisistic case, its not even unsettling like Lolita nor is it funny like they are saying, i feel its the opposite. olá Miguel lmao

May 15th
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Divyam Chhaya

loved it!!

Jan 26th
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Daniel Meredith

The content is great and I loved the reading of it

Jan 3rd
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Recaptcha Scam

debra really sparking the after conversation. their discussion adda more to the story. not a fan of the new ad format, but will continue to listen for the content

Dec 5th
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Nguyen Hien Pham Hoang

Dave's voice is so soft and deep which brings depth to the story.

Dec 5th
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CJ

This is such a relatable story. Every horrible blizzard drive through the Midwest is connected with some kind of heartbreak. Beckys story, painted in brief poignant strokes, is a masterful short story in itself

Dec 1st
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Pat Sonti

wowwwww! love this!

Oct 18th
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Martha chen

🥞🥞🥞🥞🥞

Jul 22nd
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Nick Geffen

This is so great! Took me right to a bookish centre. Thank you, New Yorker! <3

Jul 4th
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Malika Basu

This podcast is amazing!

Jun 25th
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Aaron Chambers

I'm going to be at, you, you u, do, you okay,me,you

May 22nd
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mamta agrawal

I love hearing this voice

May 17th
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Sigurgeir Kristjansson

history

May 13th
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Haskell Type

boy the voice sounds exactly like Peter Macnicol!

Dec 23rd
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Donal Sweeney

that's sure not an Enniscorthy accent!!

Dec 15th
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