Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Listening to Fiction

on June 25, 2013

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In the next class we will listen to an author read a short story by another author that influenced him. After he reads the story, we will listen the fiction editor of the New Yorker, Deborah Treisman, interview him. Have a look around the New Yorker Fiction website HERE and in our class blog comments, tell us something you find.

While you read the final pages of The Curious Incident, please keep a record of the characters and write the answers to the following questions in your journal.

1) What do you think the John Lewis is on pg. 245?

2) Why was Christopher frightened of Mr. Shears?

3) What does Christopher’s mom mean when she says, “I’m getting it in the neck from Roger”?

4) What does Mr. Shears mean when he says, “Well, it’s nice to know my contribution is appreciated”?

5) Why did Christopher and his mother leave London?

6) What do you think Christoper will do with his life in the future?

7) Tell us what you liked and what you didn’t like about this book.

8) Please recommend a book Matt could use for next year’s class.

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13 responses to “Listening to Fiction

  1. Kaori Kubo (T4) says:

    The podcasts are all about a reader’s response to a book. What is unique about it is that the readers are all authors/novelists/poets themselves. You can discover not only what a particular book is about, but also how good or bad a book was from a professional author’s perspective.

  2. Ai Inoue(T4) says:

    All the podcasts discuss stories that were published in The New Yorker. They not only talk about the story itself, but also about what the story means to the reader.

  3. Eri Fukui (T4) says:

    The interesting thing about this podcast is that an author talks about another author and their books, which isn’t so common. I also liked how the articles of the New Yorker were critical, and yet humorous.

  4. Kurumi Takeuchi (T4) says:

    In the Website I found a video which showed an interview of Joyce Carol Oates. From the movie I could find out what she thinks of writing novels and her daily routines. I thought she has a beautiful garden and it was interestng that she said that there is nothing more interesting than her own criation.

  5. Kyoko Nomura(T4) says:

    I found it interesting that in each podcast an author reads or talks about another author’s book. Those books are published by The New Yorker. The New Yorker is a magazine.

  6. Moeko Ota(T4) says:

    In the website there are many podcasts that are somehow related to the New Yorker, and there are both fiction and non fiction stories. The one I was most interested was the one about Edwidge Danticat reading two stories by Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” and “Wingless,” which were first published in The New Yorker in 1978 and 1979.

  7. Fumina Watanabe (T4) says:

    I saw a video about a shop that sells handmade doughnuts. It told how they make doughnuts, and the history of that shop.

  8. Ayane Kawahara(T4) says:

    There were many podcasts on this site, and though I didn’t have time to try one, by looking at the descriptions I found it interesting how many people cares about books.

  9. Natsumi Maruyama (T4) says:

    What is interesting about the website is that an author introduce the other author. I’ve never seen like this before.

  10. Miki Hosoda (T4) says:

    All the stories used in the podcast appeared in the New Yorker before. It also tells what readers thought about those readings.

  11. MaikoImaiT4 says:

    I found the way an author commented on another authours .I think it’s interesting to hear an opinion from a writers view.

  12. In the podcast, We could find out most of the articles written in The New Yorker. by reading this podcast, we are able to image how new york life is.

  13. T4 yuto says:

    The website had articles about authors reading and writing other people’s books published by The New Yorker.

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