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: Garth Greenwell Reads "Harbor"
Garth Greenwell reads his story from the September 16, 2019, issue of the magazine. Greenwell's 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.
Sep 10 2019
Rank #5: Louise Erdrich Reads "The Stone"
Louise Erdrich reads her story from the September 9, 2019, issue of the magazine. Erdrich is the author of more than two dozen works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novels include "LaRose" and "The Round House," which won the National Book Award in 2012.
Sep 03 2019
Rank #6: 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 #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: 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 #9: 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 #10: Zadie Smith Reads “Two Men Arrive in a Village”
Zadie Smith reads her story “Two Men Arrive in a Village,” from the June 6 and 13, 2016, issue of the magazine. Smith is the author of five novels, including “Swing Time,” which will be published in November. She has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since 1999.
May 31 2016
Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Kate Walbert Reads "To Do"
Kate Walbert reads her story from the September 2, 2019, issue of the magazine. Walbert's novels include "Our Kind," "A Short History of Women," and "His Favorites." A new story collection, "She Was Like That," will be published in October.
Aug 27 2019
Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: Joy Williams Reads “Stuff”
Joy Williams reads her story “Stuff,” from the July 25, 2016, issue of the magazine. Williams is the author of five story collections and four novels, including “Breaking and Entering” and “The Quick and the Dead.” Her collection “99 Stories of God” was published by Tin House this month. She has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since 1981.
Jul 19 2016
Rank #17: 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 #18: Zadie Smith Reads "The Lazy River"
Zadie Smith reads her story from the December 18th & 25th, 2017, issue of the magazine. Smith is the author of five novels, including "NW" and "Swing Time." Her essay collection "Feel Free" will be published in February.
Dec 19 2017
Rank #19: 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
Rank #20: 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