By Jacob Shamsian
July 21, 2014 at 05:44 PM EDT
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Now that the New Yorker has opened its paywalled gates for every article since 2007 for the next three months, there’s never been a better time to read through its legendary archive of short stories. Since the magazine’s inception, it’s published work from some of the last century’s most important writers, including John Updike (pictured above), Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, and Alice Munro. Many of the stories are behind a paywall, but check them out if you have a subscription. Here are EW’s picks for the New Yorker‘s best stories:

“The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Alice Munro (free)

“Town of Cats” by Haruki Murakami (free)

“Symbols and Signs” by Vladimir Nabokov (free)

“Bullet Park” by John Cheever

“Debarking” by Lorrie Moore (free)

“Lifeguard” by John Updike

“Kat” by Margaret Atwood

“A Perfect Day for a Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” by Denis Johnson (free)

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

“Defender of the Faith” by Philip Roth

“A Temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri

“So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxwell

“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Spark

“The Embassy of Cambodia” by Zadie Smith (free)


This post has been updated to reflect that the New Yorker is not making all of its archives freely available, just articles from 2007 to the present.