The New Yorker: Fiction

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A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

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  • Ninjazombiekiller
    Pretty good
    I love the concept and the stories are great but the host and most of the guests sound like Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin in the Schweaty(?) Balls SNL sketch. Their voices are so prim and soft and stilted that it is almost beyond parody.
  • Stop the jarring ads at end
    "The Toughest Indian in the World"
    Great podcast but the Sherman Alexie story should have carried a warning that it featured graphic sexual content. I was listening with my elderly mother and it was quite a shock and very unpleasant.
  • Ssddjjkklrty
    Love this podcast
    One of my favorite podcasts- you get a story and thoughtful discussion. DT is a great host. One of my favorite readers is Ben Lerner. They have a great rapport.
  • Lovely and Engaging
    Pretty Good and One of a Kind
    A unique podcast with an engaging program. My only nitpick is that Deborah can be a tad stiff with the guests. Sometimes she doesn’t meet them halfway during discussions. Other than that, I appreciate the story analyses from both parties. And I love the readings by the guest, especially if the story is a particularly good one (some of the stories can be quite a miss).
  • oh pleeze with the nicknames
    Yes - please fix the sound!
    I just listened to Chang-Rae Lee reading Millhauser. The reading itself was clear but Lee sounded muffled in the conversation and some of it was inaudible.
  • honolululistenet
    Love the show, but
    it’s radio. Sound quality and the voice of the reader are primary.
  • succulent2
    The best of all worlds
    Getting such wonderful writers to choose and read a story they love and discuss it afterwards with Deborah T is so enjoyable This is the best podcast Love Deborah’s voice too, soft, thoughtful and insightful!
  • Astraver
    Makes mundane tasks magical
    I recently completed a very ambitious house painting project, if it were not for this podcast I would have given up. Somehow the hours and days spent painfully perched on a ladder are remembered fondly as ‘my story time’. Thank you for filling the world and smart phones with really really good stories and thoughtful discussions.
  • shirley true
    New Yorker Fiction Podcast
    Outstanding opportunity to hear an author read a short story they have chosen from The New Yorker archives and to hear an intimate discussion about the story between the guest author and the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. I love this Podcast.😊
  • cguuopjnklhbcfewz
    Can’t hear
    The sound is terrible. When I turn it up it’s a loud whisper! Muffed vocals! Speak up and pronounce the words. Wicked annoying voice!!!
  • thirstyrockstar
    Great podcast. The discussions between the guest and host are enlightening and intelligent. Deborah Treisman is a gem.
  • Estela09
    Great podcast with great discussion
    This is for the true literature lovers out there - not for those faint of heart that need something vaguely entertaining or uplifting. Deborah Treisman is excellent and the story selections are so good. I’ve found many new favorites and purchased several books from authors I’ve discovered on here.
  • Dave the Pete
    December 2020 Podcast
    Deborah twice in the discussion brought up the capitalistic system as being a cause of some of the undesirable situations in this story. It seemed to me that she is trying to push a socialist agenda which is unsuitable for a literary discussion.
  • Flags vbb
    Please fix the sound
    Dear all, great program - but PLEASE make sure that we can hear the readers... It is painful.
  • Li Rio
    January 1 2021
    The listeners shouldn’t have to strain to hear what is being said by the guest. The audio quality is terrible.
  • bigoaks1
    Please master your track volumes! It’s insane at this level in the game to not care about audio quality and consistency - this is mainly bc artists are submitting remote recordings - but man send them a mic and mic that track ! I only wish this was a bi-monthly podcast. It’s my absolute favorite, I’ve listened to every story.
  • cocorico66
    The Sound.... absolutely god awful. Content is great which is the most important part and so 4 stars. But I don’t understand why the sound is so low and why the hosts voice is so much louder than her guests. With covid it’s become worse and I know nothing about sound mixing but it comes off like no one is even trying to even them out. And even before covid, unlike every other podcast I listen to, if I’m listening in the car I have to turn it up really loud to hear the podcast and then get screamed at by my GPS. Again, I don’t experience this with any other podcast and can’t understand why they are not aware of this and trying to fix it. FIX IT, PLEASE!
  • Anati
    Can these stories please not be so depressing?
    It’s the pandemic, month 10. I read the news every day. I subscribed to this podcast and the first three episodes I tried are all terribly depressing. A child with a congenital defect who is abandoned by his parents, the breakdown of a relationship and another sad plot line I’ve thankfully already blocked out. The concept and production value of this podcast are great. Is there any chance of featuring more uplifting writing - especially at this time? Also, could you consider including an “uplifting / depressing score” in the description of the episode so one can more easily avoid more sad content? Thanks.
  • ablaobadia
    Story on December 1
    Liked the story and discussion but was distracted by the mispronunciation of the word egret. The accent is on the first long sound of e. There’s a perfect pronunciation on line for this remarkably beautiful bird. Thanks!
  • jhazzie
    Wonderful podcast
    Deborah Treisman’s conversations about the stories with the narrators are a joy to listen to. Their insights into the stories are fascinating.
  • mary5523
    Thanks and Please!
    I love New Yorker’s fiction podcasts. Excellent listening and insight from authors and editor. PLEASE consider more frequent broadcasts. In this stressful time I rely on this outlet for a positive, thoughtful escape. Thank you very much. If I wanted focus of a donation to this podcast only, is that possible? Mary5523
  • iloveicmd
    Entertaining and thought stimulating
    It is a pleasure to have these stories read, a pleasure made more interesting by having another author do so. The introduction to the story, and then more detailed explanation, do inform, though it’s just their opinion. This concept of short chiseled prose with the added contrast of another author, and the discussions, is a podcast present.
  • Trollollloll
    Offsets ‘n such
    I had no intention of writing a review, but after reading the recent ones, it seemed necessary. The complaints and the overall rating of this podcast don’t do it justice. The kind of analysis and the brilliant choices of stories are immensely entertaining and the material has a certain freedom to it, since it’s decided by writers that have a passion for a specific author/piece. That grants us free entrance to their excitement!! For people complaining that these authors are not professional podcasters, it seems silly and like the point is being missed. They aren’t meant to be perfect. This podcast is more similar to sitting next to a passionate writer on a settee, while they share a story they care about (immensely). Deborah does a magnificent job of leading constructive analysis. It doesn’t fit an agenda, and it also isn’t meant to hold the listener’s hand. The New Yorker attracts a certain type of crowd, and I would wager that the majority of us aren’t bigots or individuals that would glorify sexual violence (responding directly to those complaints about failing to address sexual violence or the racial context of these stories). We see the analysis of the other topics against the backdrop of those more difficult themes, and I’m actually quite satisfied that the discussion doesn’t have to descend into a lecture. I appreciate that we’re expected to understand those issues. And when they’re less obvious, the discussion usually highlights them. Give this podcast a chance. It will broaden your horizons, expand your tastes, and teach you to think even more critically than before!
  • erika gentsch
    Content and vocal fry
    The last few episodes have been poor choices for this time in our history. I was so looking forward to listening to new stories but was grossed out at the content. Why all the bizarre sex stuff? Surly there are more entertaining entries to your magazine at this depressing juncture. Also, please stop having story tellers with such horrifically unlistenable vocal fry! I was not alone in this criticism by the way. It is grating and again, I turned it off. I have always enjoyed your selections and the authors who read their own, so this is all too disappointing.
  • dsmhrd
    You aren’t reviewing a specific episode
    The complaining about readers is useless unless you clearly identify. Also, get over your complaints about vocal fry. Those who use it don’t hear it.
  • Gassnerd
    What a treat!
    I’m in my mid 60’s and have lived and worked in many parts of the world, but I’m still often astonished by the diversity and depth of feeling I encounter in these great short stories! I generally come away with new insights and perspectives that I can chew on for many days. Thank you to Deborah and the entire New Yorker family.
  • ClaireShapton
    Unexamined racism in the story archives
    I’ve listened to this podcast for years and I look forward to episodes each month. The July 2020 episode heavily features racist portrayals of black individuals in Louisiana. Is this the view of the characters, the author, or the podcast creators? It’s hard to know, but I’m not inclined to be generous when neither Treisman or the guest analyze the portrayals. In an hour long podcast, it somehow doesn’t come up. The New Yorker has been a purveyor of ‘taste’ for decades, a powerful voice in fiction which has helped to produce the fiction tropes that are still so common (ex: black people as part of the landscape, white people as subjects). In the stories it has and has not chosen to tell (and then has or has not chosen to interrogate in this podcast) it demonstrates complicity in racist systems. Another theme, less present this week, is the abundance of episodes with sexual violence that are not discussed as such. I would like to be able up recommend this podcast, but at this point I can not.
  • Nacho Man 007
    I love this
    I listen on the elliptical. Seems to flow into my brain so much more smoothly. Excellent!
  • sputin13452
    Sleepy read of the Great Murakami
    This podcast is often a pleasure in the reads and author interpretations. There needs to be a vetting for the reading authors unless they are hard to come by. Please weed out the vocal fries and mono-tonal readings. Washington’s reading of Murakami is painful in the slow monotone struggle of trailing sentences. It fails to capture the cadence of the story leaving one to feel tired. Was this the first time Brian was making an attempt to read this story. Boring.
  • A. Reignville
    Some so good but then the vocal fry...
    I live short stories and some of these are so good but I agree with other reviewers that the vocal fry of some is so cringeworthy I can’t make it through two minutes of a reading. No one, not a single person, wants to hear cousin Hilary from Fresh Prince of Bel Air reading a story. Sit up, open your throat, and speak from your abdomen or just don’t do public readings.
  • 1972763272mark
    There’s quite a difference between hearing Joyce Carol Oates rearing Cynthia Ozick vs someone who got $1.2m for a memoir after one story. Thank God for Deborah, because the dissection on this story is surface level at best.
  • nora!b!
    My favorite podcast!!!
    I have fallen asleep to these for a year and a half now so I guess I owe it to Deborah T (🥺❤️) to write this review. Since the pandemic started, I went all the way back to the oldest episode and have been listening chronologically ever since! I wake up feeling refreshed and enriched. This is also my go-to for walks and travel. There is so much diversity of experience within the selected short stories, and it's elevated further by the special meanings the guests infuse them with. 11/10-- Deborah, I love you :^)
  • Nola72
    Vocal Fry
    Awful. Why?
  • marielistener
    Great podcast
    One of my favorite podcasts. I loved it when Deborah Treismsn read. She has such a great podcast voice.
  • FujiAppleGirl101
    Stop with the vocal fry geesh!! can’t listen to you
    it may have been a great story but you ruined the story with you vocal fry voice! UGGH! Just stop!!!!!
  • planetesther
    Delicious culture
    What a treat to get to listen to the authors read and discuss stories they love? I get more out of this podcast than I did in my graduate courses
  • Pekkle00
    Unlistenable episode
    Are you kidding with that vocal fry?
  • hesterprine
    May 1st
    Can’t get past that affective voice. No way.
  • dumpsterrzzzz
    I’ve been listening to this podcast since the beginning of the Quarantine in Tehran, back in early march 2020. Each day, as I wake up to start another boring day indoors, I listen to one story while washing the last night’s dishes or cleaning my room, and I find myself drowned into the amazing world of stories, one day in Pakistan, another day in a small town in the US, or in Italy... and it cheers me up and makes me want to devour all of the unread stories from these amazing writers... of course it is somehow depressing as I come to understand howmany amazing works of fiction I haven’t yet read... but it’s also promising and gives a meaning to the life I have ahead of me... So, Thank you😊
  • hgyid
    Curtis Sittenfeld Reads Tessa Hadley
    A painful listen. Curtis Sittenfeld’s one-note, predictable intonation while reading is distracting.
  • Be a Triz
    Good People
    What a wonderful episode. I am a fan of this podcast anyway but was moved by Ms Triesman’s choice of DFW. And I feel Mr. Wallace living through his character Lane. Divided, and paralyzed by introspection I can’t help but see a thought process that bends in on itself and can never just ‘act’. Some call it overthinking and Mr. Wallace was, I think, a master and a victim of that.
  • davyangst
    I have been an avid fan for years, but just now, thank you, Deborah, for your reading of “Good People.” Maybe it is just the timing, but it floored me in respect to the passion and vulnerability of both writer and reader.
  • rccarey
    Great discussions
    I wish there were more episodes than once a month! So many stories to choose from.
  • ccr226
    Loved Marisa Silver reading Daniyal Mueenuddin. What a perfect story to head aloud and read with a pitch perfect tone that really enables the listener to become absorbed.
  • ny_birdie
    Superb, a must listen
    This podcast is such a delight! The stories chosen, the reading and discussion are so wonderful, made my everyday driving home a such pleasure! Most importantly, It introduces me so many great authors. Thank you Deborah! Thank you New Yorker!
  • NeerahKC
    I love this podcast
    This is so great on so many levels. To have great authors pick their favorite short story by other great authors and then discuss why they chose it. It doesn’t get better than that.
  • Opal Castmin
    Great concept and execution!
    Every month a New Yorker writer picks a New Yorker story to read and discuss. The result unearths a lot of classics and forgotten gems. I love hearing how much the writers love and are influenced by other writers. The recent Haruki Murakami and Jean Stafford stories were terrific. In the archives, Lionel Shriver reads T. Coraghessan Boyle and Yiyun Li reads Patricia Highsmith, and too many other greats to list here.
  • Leazga
    Missing something
    Would really love a story synopsis in the episode description. That’s a lot more relevant to the listener for choosing a story that who is reading it.
  • uofcphd
    Margaret Atwood/Alice Munro
    Margaret Atwood shuts down every single point Deborah Triesman tries to make in the Alice Munro episode. Does she not think it possible that Deborah might know a thing or two about fiction?? Atwood was hilariously rude.
  • Sarah in N. H . USA
    Hands down, best episode...
    I re-listen to David Sedaris reading Miranda July every year. The story is so good and he brings so much humanity to it. Love. (Second fav: Tessa Hadley reading Nadine Gordimer)
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