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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1170 on: June 21, 2015, 12:07:30 am »
I'm reading a long story in the fiction issue by Jonathan Franzen called "The Republic of Bad Taste." The first page or two were really hard to get interested in, but the story has picked up steam and now it's reminding me of a good film noir.

I gave up after about the first page. But on your say-so, and because I generally like Franzen's writing, I should give it another try.

Did you read Freedom? I never got more than a few chapters into it. But I loved The Corrections! I'm wondering if my patience just isn't what it used to be.




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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1171 on: June 21, 2015, 10:33:35 am »

Did you read Freedom? I never got more than a few chapters into it. But I loved The Corrections! I'm wondering if my patience just isn't what it used to be.


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1172 on: June 23, 2015, 01:43:59 pm »
I gave up after about the first page. But on your say-so, and because I generally like Franzen's writing, I should give it another try.

I forced my way through to the end because I thought I had a duty to read it, since he's an Important Writer.

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Did you read Freedom? I never got more than a few chapters into it. But I loved The Corrections! I'm wondering if my patience just isn't what it used to be.

Mine sure isn't.

Meanwhile, at lunch today I finished the June 22 profile of Dianne Feinstein, No trouble finishing that one because I've admired her since I first heard of her at the time of the Moscone-Milk assassinations.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1173 on: June 24, 2015, 01:37:59 pm »
Today I read the June 22 article about euthanasia in Belgium for people with incurable depression. I learned that in Belgium, schoolchildren take a course in "nonconfessional ethics," which seems like a very good idea to me.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1174 on: June 26, 2015, 11:04:29 am »
Just ran across this Today in Literary History factoid for June 26:

TODAY: In 1948, Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" is published in The New Yorker.

I never even knew that's where it was first published!



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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1175 on: June 26, 2015, 11:49:18 am »
Just ran across this Today in Literary History factoid for June 26:

TODAY: In 1948, Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" is published in The New Yorker.

I never even knew that's where it was first published!

Neat!

Now that you mention it, I think I read that somewhere--I mean, that the story was first published in TNY--but I don't remember where that was. It was probably somewhere in TNY itself.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1176 on: June 27, 2015, 11:11:18 am »
I remember reading that story.  creepy.


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1177 on: June 27, 2015, 11:58:55 am »
We should have mentioned that in our discussion of things everyone reads in high school.


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1178 on: June 27, 2015, 12:00:37 pm »
Yeah, we should've!


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1179 on: June 27, 2015, 12:25:40 pm »
That discussion is still going on! I haven't had a chance to weigh in with my latest thoughts on it, or even to thank you all for contributing.

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