Rank #1: Kristen Roupenian Reads "Cat Person"
Kristen Roupenian reads her story "Cat Person," from the December 11, 2017, issue of the magazine. Roupenian recently completed an M.F.A. and is now a Zell Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dec 05 2017
Rank #2: Zadie Smith Reads "Now More Than Ever"
Zadie Smith reads her short story from the July 23, 2018, issue of the magazine. Smith is the author of five novels, including "NW" and "Swing Time." Her essay collection "Feel Free" was published in February.
Jul 17 2018
Rank #3: Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “The Prairie Wife”
Kirsten’s commute is when she really focusses on whether she has the power to destroy Lucy Headrick’s life. Yes, the question hums in the background at other moments, like when Kirsten is at the grocery store and sees a cooking magazine with Lucy on the cover—it’s just so fucking weird how famous Lucy is—but it’s in the car that Kirsten thinks through, in a realistic way, which steps she’d take.
Feb 07 2017
Rank #4: Miranda July Reads “The Metal Bowl”
Miranda July reads her story from the September 4, 2017, issue of the magazine. July is a writer, artist, film director, and actor. She is the author of the story collection “No One Belongs Here More Than You,” and a novel, “The First Bad Man,” which was published in 2015.
Aug 29 2017
Rank #5: Samantha Hunt Reads “A Love Story”
What’s the scariest sound a person can hear? In a quiet country house where the closest neighbors are pretty far away, the scariest possible sound is a man coughing outside at night.
May 16 2017
Rank #6: Zadie Smith Reads "Crazy They Call Me"
Take back your mink, take back your pearls. But you don’t sing that song, it’s not in your key. Let some other girl sing it.The type who gets a smile from a cop even if she’s crossing Broadway in her oldest Terylene housedress. You don’t have that luxury.
Feb 28 2017
Rank #7: Sally Rooney Reads “Color and Light”
Sally Rooney reads her story “Color and Light,” from the March 18, 2019, issue of the magazine. Rooney is the author of two novels, “Conversations with Friends” and “Normal People,” which was published last year and won the Costa Book Award.
Mar 12 2019
Rank #8: Weike Wang Reads “The Trip”
Weike Wang reads her story from the November 18, 2019, issue of the magazine. Wang’s first novel, “Chemistry,” which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, was published in 2017, and she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 the same year.
Nov 12 2019
Rank #9: George Saunders Reads "Elliott Spencer"
George Saunders reads his story from the August 19, 2019, 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 short-story collections, including "In Persuasion Nation" and "Tenth of December."
Aug 13 2019
Rank #10: Robert Coover Reads "Treatments"
Coover is the author of eleven novels, including “The Public Burning,” “The Brunist Day of Wrath,” and “Huck Out West.” His story collection “Going for a Beer” was published earlier this year.
Apr 24 2018
Rank #11: Yiyun Li Reads "A Flawless Silence”
Li is the author of two novels and two story collections, “Gold Boy, Emerald Girl” and “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.” A book of memoir and essays, “Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life,” was published last year.
Apr 17 2018
Rank #12: Sana Krasikov Reads "Ways and Means"
Sana Krasikov reads her short story from the August 27, 2018, issue of the magazine. Krasikov is the author of the story collection "One More Year," for which she won the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Award, and the novel "The Patriots," which was published in 2017.
Aug 21 2018
Rank #13: Andrew Sean Greer reads “It’s a Summer Day”
Arthur Less recalls intercontinental-travel advice that his old flame Freddy once gave him: "They serve you dinner, you take your sleeping pill, they serve you breakfast, you're there."
Jun 13 2017
Rank #14: Clare Sestanovich Reads “Old Hope”
Clare Sestanovich reads her story from the December 9, 2019, issue of the magazine. Sestanovich is working on her first collection of stories. She is a member of The New Yorker’s editorial staff. This is her first story in the magazine.
Dec 03 2019
Rank #15: Joseph O’Neill Reads “The Flier”
Joseph O’Neill reads his story from the November 11, 2019, issue of the magazine. O’Neil is the author of four novels, including “Netherland,” which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2009, and “The Dog.” His first story collection, “Good Trouble,” was published last year.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #16: Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “Gender Studies”
Curtis Sittenfeld reads her story “Gender Studies,” from the August 29, 2016, issue of the magazine. Sittenfeld is the author of five novels, including “Prep“ and “American Wife.” Her most recent novel, “Eligible,” was published earlier this year. This is her first story in The New Yorker.
Aug 23 2016
Rank #17: Roddy Doyle Reads “The Curfew”
Roddy Doyle reads his story from the December 2, 2019, issue of the magazine. Doyle is the author of twelve novels, including the Man Booker Prize-winning “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha” and “The Dead Republic.” His most recent novel, “Charlie Savage,” came out earlier this year.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #18: Ottessa Moshfegh Reads "An Honest Woman"
"Jeb could hear almost everything that went on in her house, he’d ﬁgured out, if he listened carefully from his basement window."
Oct 18 2016
Rank #19: Curtis Sittenfeld Reads “Show Don’t Tell”
"A lot of the people in our program were nakedly emotional in a way that, in childhood, I had so successfully trained myself not to be that I almost really wasn’t. Before entering grad school, I had never felt normal, but here I was competent and well adjusted to a boring degree. I always showed up for class. I met deadlines. I made eye contact. Of course I was chronically sad, and of course various phobias lay dormant inside me, but none of that was currently dictating my behavior"
May 30 2017
Rank #20: Richard Ford Reads "Displaced"
Richard Ford reads his short story from the August 6 & 13, 2018, issue of the magazine. Ford is the author of five short-story collections and seven novels, including "Independence Day," "The Lay of the Land," and "Canada." He is working on a new collection titled "The Irish in America."
Jul 31 2018