Podcasts get me through long drives or flights, and I've been taking a lot of trips lately—too many to be entertained simply by the once-weekly Slate Culture Gabfests or monthly(ish) Audio Book Clubs that I usually listen to.
While prowling iTunes for something new to listen to with a literary angle, I stumbled upon something that will keep me busy on drives for a long while: The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. If you are a book nerd (and if you're reading this, you probably are!) it is must-listen. Not only do you get to listen to your favorite modern authors reading their favorite short story from The New Yorker archives, you get to hear them discuss it afterward with fiction editor Deborah Treisman. It's a bite-sized literature class.
Some of the stories have been misses for me, but most of them are wonderful and a few have become favorites. I've discovered a few authors I want to read more of, like Niccolo Tucci and Sylvia Townsend Warner. And I finally understood the Alice Munro love after hearing Lauren Groff read the powerful and haunting "Axis." The archives go back to 2007, so there's a lot more to discover. Thank goodness, because I have two more trips coming up this month!
Here are a few other stories that you shouldn't miss.
Tony Earley reads "Love" by William Maxwell
David Sedaris reads "Roy Spivey" by Miranda July
Nicole Krauss reads "My Father's Last Escape" by Bruno Schulz
Téa Obreht reads "Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog" by Stephanie Vaughn
David Bezmozgis reads "The Colonel Says I Love You" by Sergei Dovlatov
Jennifer Egan reads "The Reverse Bug" by Lore Segal
What literary podcasts do you love?