Thomas Beller is a founding editor of Open City and his stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and Ploughshares. His debut collection of short stories, the critically acclaimed “Seduction Theory,” introduced us to the adventures of a young New York existentialist, Alex Fader. “The Sleep-over Artist” picks up where Beller left off; through a series of sleepovers, Beller chronicles his hero’s transition from boyhood to manhood.
“A certain New York specificity can be found in Thomas Beller’s tales of Alex Fader, who grows up on Riverside Drive, celebrates birthdays at the Russian Tea Room and has the kind of classmate whose parents ‘for a fee equal to about two years’ school tuition for their son,’ hold a bar mitzvah reception at Windows on the World.” –New York Times
Listen to this exclusive recording of Thomas Beller reading his story Falling Water, recently recorded live at New York’s KGB Bar.