“A Literary Magazine For Your Ears”


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 twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →