A WRITER'S WIT
Fifth Annual New Yorker Project
In the first year, 2011, I believe my purpose may have been to unearth the elusive key to achieving publication in The New Yorker, and sometimes I was too critical of, say, the bottom third of the stories. In the second and third years, I became more respectful of every writer’s gifts. The longer I’ve persisted in pursuing this project the more I have come to appreciate the broad spectrum of fiction that writers of English throughout the world are creating; there is no one type of New Yorker story, except that it is usually entertaining in one fashion or another.
Moreover, this year’s eight translated stories, not to mention the twenty-seven set in foreign countries, compel me to realize that we are in this global life together. As I move forward through 2016, I hope to deepen my understanding of this humanity and invite the reader to join me. Each week you can read a story for free at The New Yorker Web site.
Rather than spread my analysis over four posts, as I have in the past, this year I’ve limited it to one and set up a file below for STATISTICS: average length of a New Yorker story, the number of male or female authors, for example. I also created a file that discusses THEMES. Below I’ve set up links to my profiles of what I call the Crème de La Crème, what I believe are the top New Yorker stories for 2015. From there you can click on a link to read a particular story, and I hope you will!
2. February 23 & March 2, 2015, Haruki Murakami, “Kino”
3. March 9, 2015, Stephen King, “A Death”
4. March 16, 2015, Sarah Braunstein, “All You Have to Do”
5. March 23, 2015, Colm Toibín, “Sleep”
7. May 4, 2015, Milan Kundera, “The Apologizer”
8. May 11, 2015, Sheila Heti, “My Life Is a Joke”
9. May 18, 2015, Justin Taylor, “So You’re Just What, Gone?”
10. June 8 & 15, 2015, Jonathan Franzen, “The Republic of Bad Taste”
12. June 29, 2015, Louise Erdrich, “The Flower”
13. August 24, 2015, Alice McDermott, “These Short, Dark Days”
14. August 31, 2015, Jensen Beach, “The Apartment”
15. October 12, 2015, Rivka Galchen,
“Usl at the Stadium”
17. November 16, 2015, Mark Haddon, “The Weir”
18. November 30, 2015, Rachel Kushner, “Fifty-Seven”
19. December 7, 2015, Martin Amis, “Oktober”