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Let’s close out 2012 with an array of links.
Binging on New Yorker fiction
Over the holidays, I caught up on nearly two months of New Yorker fiction. Two stories that I particularly enjoyed: “Demeter” by Maile Meloy and “Member/Guest” by David Gilbert (both links are for subscribers). “Demeter” is about a mother who is coming to grips with a painful ramification of her divorce: sharing her teenage daughter with her ex-husband. She gets her daughter for half the year and tries to make up for the lost time, but she knows her daughter is growing up and, perhaps more painfully, Demeter knows that her daughter is so much like her father. She tries to find peace with the reality whatever is left of her family is slowly slipping away. “Member/Guest” is a coming-of-age story about a group of teenage girls and that awkward stage where sex becomes more than a giggly word. The girls take great measures to act older than they are, a deep desire to be seen as sophisticated and mature emanating from their every action. And, of course, there’s a ring leader and an outcast driving the plot.
In 2013, I vow not to fall so behind on my fiction reading. That’s my weakness with the New Yorker – there’s too much good stuff to read, a new issue comes each week, and I can never keep up. The issues pile up on my counter, and the stack haunts me as another bundle of paper is placed on top each week to gather dust and be consumed at a later date. Right now, I’m staring at an issue from August. It’s time to power through the stack and start the New Year fresh.
This is amazing reporting and storytelling by Greg Bishop on Declan Sullivan, the Notre Dame student and football videographer who died when after a fall while shooting practice film. A lot has been written about the accident – about how that could happen, about who’s to blame, about how Brian Kelly could be so reckless, about who should lob the first lawsuit in South Bend – but not nearly enough has been written about Declan. Here, Bishop lets us inside the kid’s personality and shows us how his family has, miraculously, found peace with Notre Dame. A terrific read.
Whether you like coffee or not (and I do), this is a cool read. Insight into making a great coffee and all the science and skill involved – so yes, it’s a little more advanced than simply hitting the button on some Folgers before you hop in the shower in the morning.
You should read this Ben Shpigel piece on A.J. Green because it’s a great read on a player who goes completely under the radar in Cincinnati. Green is brilliant, and from the sound of this piece, is another young high-character guy becoming the face of a franchise (along with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, et al.)
But if you don’t read if for that, you MUST read it for this Michael Irvin quote: “A guy like A.J. Green, when he popped out of his mom and the doctor tried to spank him, he caught the doctor’s hand. He said, ‘Oh, I’m supposed to let you hit me? I’m sorry. I just naturally catch everything.’”
On that note, Happy New Year to all.
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