1. Korten, Tritram (2010, May) Rum and Hope The Atlantic (Nonfiction) Note: fascinating background on Haiti's Barbancourt rum factory and their idiosyncractic, compelling story of survival.
2. Ambinder, Marc (2010, May) Beating Obesity The Atlantic (Nonfiction) Note: the author's personal experience with bariatric surgery.
3. Wallace, David Foster (2010, September) A New Examiner Harper's Magazine (Fiction) Note: I feel like I should like this, but I don't.
4. Berger, John (2010, September) A Brush Harper's Magazine (Fiction) Note: I found this an odd story, engaging in some ways, but his use of exclamation points was so strange to me. And the story, created (it felt) solely as a way to narrate certain facts. I don't know. I guess I'll look up John Berger to find out more about him and his work.
5. Goodman, Allegra (2010, May 3) La Vita Nuova The New Yorker (Fiction) Note: Yes, to the Ms. Goodman's allegorical story about her character's understanding of love. Short stories are the toughest, but based on this, I'll read her novel, The Cookbook Collector (which I just heard about the other day when I read it in a list of "serious fiction with a lighter touch" in Cynthia Crossen's Wall Street Journal "Dear Book Lover" November 26, 2010 column.
Stay tuned. More to come.