Friday, January 16, 2009

New Yorker Fiction 2008 in Review

Bravely done, C. Max Magee on The Millions blog has created a kind of annotated bibliography of the 2008 New Yorker fiction. The overarching theme identified? Those that focus on a kind of "surburban malaise (born out of "The Swimmer" and "What We Talk about When We Talk about Love" among many others) and those that don't." Put that way, I'm tempted now to go back and read the very "New Yorker Fiction" I had long given up on as predictable and drab. Surburban malaise might be just what I needed to hear to appreciate it - some.

1 comment:

JforJames said...

Reminds me a novelit's quote:
"I don't write about being vaguely unhappy in Connecticut."--Mary Lee Settle