December 2012 New Yorker
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Well, this one's going to be it. Next year, I'm switching to the Atlantic. I can't do justice to both. I may switch back, or find a way to balance, I'm not canceling the New Yorker subscription, but I want to experiment for a year.
After this decision was made, in part because I'm finding too few New Yorker articles of serious interest, suddenly this issue is looking quite good.
Dec 3 Food issue, and guess what? I wasn't interested in reading about sausages or any of it. I did like the story by Antonya Nelson - first decent one in awhile - and read about Saul Steinberg, Deirdre Bair has written a bio. of him. Can't imagine reading it, but that's just me.
Dec 10 Starts out with the person I've never heard of piece - except I had sort of heard of her.... Laurie Simmons. Sometimes I read these pieces and feel kind of inadequate. Shucks.
-did not read about Alabama and football
-could not concentrate on Elizabeth Murdoch, but I think it was a lesser NYer effort and not all me.
-Netherland about homeless LGBTQ kids in NYC was chilling.
-The story didn't grab me.
-Skimmed about Per Petterson. I did 'like' Out Stealing Horses but I haven't yet read anything else. The plot as faded, mostly, but images remain.
Agree with you about the homeless LGBTQ kids; that article got to me too.
I've been terrible about my NYers - just terrible - but I find when I let them pile up I read them more ruthlessly when I do get to them and, frankly, that is a better use of my time.
- Recall of the Wild - the attempt to recreate a (sort of) paleolithic landscape on reclaimed land in the Netherlands.... well.......weird but interesting.
- LGBT in Uganda, the courage of such people astonishes me.
- Women in their own theatre in Turkey - loved this article and these women.
-Conlang folks, who make up languages - in particular the founder of the language Ithkuil, John Quijada (people you've never heard of). He finds out that it has taken on a life of its own - the idea was a language which requires you to be entirely transparent and logical and rational.
- a trip in a huge freighter across the Northeast Passage, Russia to China .... I love this sort of article, heaven knows why. Safe adventure?
The story was too stupid to read and the poems were fair.