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In this week's New Yorker

The staff outdid themselves for the 90th anniversary issue with substantial profiles of a string of extraordinary people:

  • “Holy Writ,” in which longtime New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris reveals the inner workings of the New Yorker’s famous copy desk;
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In This Week's New Yorker

Grammar: Gaffes vs. Crimes

Further — but more briefly! — re that commas-and-false-modification post. Reading the great essayist Zadie Smith in “The New Yorker,” on the brilliant comedy duo Key and Peele, I find this: “Key’s father married his stepmother.” 203 more words

Life Writing by Zadie Smith - Rookie Mag

I don’t want any record of my days.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to keep a diary. I tried throughout adolescence but always gave it up. 287 more words

Other Sources/Misc.

This Week's Theme: A Matter of Life and Death

This week, I was saddened to learn that the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has terminal cancer. His is among the unfortunate two percent of ocular melanoma cases which metastasise; nine years after the original diagnosis, he now has metastases occupying one third of his liver.  663 more words


February & My Reading Slump: All the Books I am Trying to Finish

A while ago my friend wrote a great post about books she is trying to finish (read it here). I am basically doing the same thing because there are so many books I’ve started and haven’t finished. 474 more words


the embassy of cambodia

The Embassy of Cambodia (zadie smith)

The New Yorker, February 11, 2013

Who would expect the Embassy of Cambodia? Nobody. Nobody could have expected it, or be expecting it. 8,588 more words



She is sitting in the hall. There is a lot she has to write because she does not know when she will have to stop. She has told herself to forget about that day; that when the day comes, there will be no more time to feel. 459 more words