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 and his work have appeared on MTV’s “Unplugged: Spoken Word” and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Selected Shorts,” 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.

Yourgrau’s fictions have appeared in The Paris Review, Vice, Story, Bomb, Monkey Business International, 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.