Running List (The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic)

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.

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