When you have Lyme Disease, you spend countless hours laying in bed, laying on the couch. I’ve memorized the ceiling very well. I have lots of time doing nothing. On those days, I like to listen to audiobooks, but I love short story podcasts. Here are my favorites.
THE KENYON REVIEW OUTLOUD
Selections fiction read by the authors. Short stories from the Kenyon Review. Always good stuff.
THE PARIS REVIEW
Unparalleled production, beautiful narration, sumptuous ambiance. The Paris Review podcast features short stories from its vast archives dating all the way back to the 50s. Short stories and poetry are read by their authors or occasionally celebrity readers. There is something so beautiful and calming about these episodes. The Paris Review is known for its high-quality fiction and their content is clearly chosen with love.
LEVAR BURTON READS
Levar Burton, best known for his work as Lt. Geordi LaForge on Star Trek the Next Generation and Reading Rainbow, has a magical voice. He feels much like a father reading to his child - in some magical world where fathers read to their children. I don’t have such memories, but I imagine this is what it’s like. His voice is filled with love for the written word. Burton reads short stories that he likes and shares them with the world. Sometimes his voice is so soothing, I fall asleep in a dreamlike world floating on clouds of words.
THE NEW YORKER - THE WRITER’S VOICE
The current week’s fiction in podcast form read by their authors. Who better to read their work than the authors themselves? The New Yorker provides some of the highest quality short fiction and here you’re transported into that world.
THE GUARDIAN BOOKS PODCAST
The British newspaper provides a weekly podcast that both discusses intelligent subjects and has cool people reading short stories. Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Simon Callow, and Bill Nighy to name a few. It’s innately British and will make you feel smarter.
There are tons more fiction podcasts out there like The Truth or Welcome to Nightvale - I consider those radio theater - but the ones above focus specifically on short stories. Got any to recommend? Let me know in the comments.