The New Yorker Fiction podcast is a treasure trove of delights for anyone who loves the short story format. The concept is a simple one: Every month Deborah Treisman, the current fiction editor for the New Yorker, invites a contemporary writer to select and read a story written by someone else, that has previously been published in the magazine.
Now, being the well-read folks that you are, I am sure that you are aware of the incredible literary heritage that this process can unleash. For those that may not know, the New Yorker has been around since 1925 and the range of contributing authors over the decades since then, is little short of astounding. From Vladimir Nabokov to Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood to Mavis Gallant, Haruki Murakami to John Cheever, Nicole Krauss to Shirley Jackson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Zadie Smith, Philip Roth to John Updike, the list is as daunting as it is breathtaking.
Since December 2006 this monthly feature, that is available via The New Yorker Website, iTunes and recently the Tunein Radio App, has given one lucky author the chance to select a piece from the archive and read it to us. There is also a context setting chat between Treisman and the reader, which illuminates and entertains. All the stories are available for free in this fantastic resource.
I have first become aware of many writers through the podcast and I would encourage you to dip your toe in the water of this magnificent ocean of delights.
By way of introduction here is A.M Holmes reading The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. This story from1948 stopped me dead in my tracks the first time I heard it in 2008.