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New Yorker fiction (Aug 8) – “What Have You Done?”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. Place yourself back quite some years ago, on a hot summer night – when the haze and humidity seem almost solid. Your family is jammed into a car, every uncovered limb adhering to some piece of unforgiving vinyl. But, no matter, for you […]

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New Yorker fiction (Aug 1) – “Reverting to a Wild State”

I listened to Nigel; I watched him cry; I rummaged around inside myself and tried to find a memory, a hurt, that would enable me to cry as well. I’d been a dick, dicked around, throughout the long near-decade of our relationship, countless men, often, though not always, for money. In penance, I wanted to […]

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New Yorker fiction (Jul 25) – “Matinée”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. Robert Coover offers up a pitch-perfect story of dizzying import. In an enormously kaleidoscopic way, the narrative flows through the romantic plot aspects of several movies and the lives of many individuals and couples. (I am not well-versed in movie plots, so this […]

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New Yorker fiction (Jul 11/18) – “Aphrodisiac”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. If you’re up for a story about a very dysfunctional family, then you’ve come to the right place. Just as the spices in chicken tikka masala are plentiful, potent, and mysterious, so too, in this story, are the ways of manipulation and betrayal. […]

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New Yorker fiction (Jul 4) – “Homage to Hemingway”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. This is a story in three parts — The Novelist in the Countryside, The Professor in the Alps, The Maestro in the Midwest — following the footsteps of an English author as he takes to the teaching circuit. He appears to be an […]

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New Yorker fiction (Jun 27) – “Gravel”

If you’ve the courage, peer intently into a crystal’s sparkly depths. Had you the eyes of a microscope, you would inevitably come upon flawed places where atoms are misaligned or misplaced or missing altogether. These minute villages of disorder contribute to changes in the structure or appearance, or both, of the crystal. Some of the […]

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New Short Fiction by Deborah Eisenberg—“Recalculating”

Apologies for the radio silence here—your humble proprietor has been sick as a dog all week. But being laid up with a Nyquil habit has its upsides: getting on top of all my RSS feeds, for one, and catching up on some online and periodical reading for another. I was especially pleased to see that […]

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New Yorker fiction (Jun 13/20) – “Home”

The first of three stories in this year’s Summer Fiction Issue, this robust offering from George Saunders grabs you by the neck and drags you across some rough terrain. The usual suspects of community poverty and family disquiet and individual immaturity are meshed with the deep pain of a troubled young veteran. In a lengthy […]

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New Yorker fiction (Jun 6) – “Clever Girl”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. Writing in The Guardian, Alex Clark pinpoints Tessa Hadley’s writing style: She veers away from the jaw-dropping finale or the linguistic pyrotechnics towards unshowy description and the gradual but ambiguous revelation of character and circumstance. . . . Part of the business of […]

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New Yorker fiction (May 30) – “M&M World”

It turned out that I wasn’t a fan of this story. It’s mostly the stream of consciousness of a mother struggling with divorce and two young daughters — There are other things to fix, not just her yellow teeth. She needs some spots removed from her skin; she needs to dye her gray roots, the […]

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