“A Literary Magazine For Your Ears”

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I was reading the always spectacular book blog The Things They Read and I came across this write-up of The Drum Magazine, a literary magazine devoted to authors reading their work aloud.

I have an embarrassing admission to make. I listen to more books than I read. It’s not that I want to do that. It’s the nature of my job. Two days a week, I do data entry—the most boring, tedious data entry you can imagine. And after a while, as anyone who’s been on a long road trip can tell you, music just starts to sound like white noise, but a story can keep you going for hours.

I’d be willing to guess I’m not the only one in this boat. And though many literary magazines give their authors the option of reading their work aloud, I’m selfishly thrilled to see a lit mag making it a focus.

Most of the content is available for free, but the premium stuff (a story by Ben Percy, for example) is only available to subscribers.

If you wanna try one, this story by Celeste Ng blew me away.


Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at www.seth-fischer.com, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →