Barry Yourgrau

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“I can never remember my dreams so Mr. Yourgrau’s stories are a pretty good substitute.”

David Byrne

Writer and performer Barry Yourgrau is the author of much-admired books of surreal brief stories, including Wearing Dad’s Head, Haunted Traveller, A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane, and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred. He’s the only American author who’s written short fiction for Japanese cellphone publication (keitai sosetsu) His books have a fine following in in Japan. He’s also the author of anti-kids’s stories for kids, Nastybook.

He and his work have appeared on MTV’s “Unplugged: Spoken Word” and NPR’s “Selected Shorts” and “All Things Considered,” among others. He won a Drama-Logue Award for “Wearing Dad’s Head: The Live Version” and was invited to Sundance Theater Lab to workshop Haunted Traveller. He also starred in Anthrax’s heavymetal music video, “Black Lodge”.

Yourgrau’s fictions have appeared in The Paris Review, VICE, Story, Bomb, Poetry, Film Comment and various anthologies. He’s written for the NY Times, New, Wall St. Journal, Spin, Paris Review Daily, The Baffler, Huffington Post, Salon, Independent (U.K.), Artforum, and elsewhere. He blogs for

Born in South Africa, Yourgrau lives in New York and Istanbul. And travels a lot.