Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.
In all, there are nine stories:ANNALS OF TECHNOLOGY
"The Bakeoff" by Malcolm Gladwell: Project Delta aims to create the perfect cookie. (Originally published Sept. 5, 2005)
"Mired" by Hendrik Hertzberg: Evolution vs. creationism vs. intelligent design. (Originally published Aug. 22, 2005)
ANNALS OF MEDICINE
"Bloodsuckers" by John Colapinto: Leeches are good for you after all. (Originally published July 25, 2005)
"A Cloud of Dust" by John Updike: A review of E. L. Doctorow's new novel, The March. (Originally published Sept. 12, 2005)
THE TALK OF THE TOWN:
"Watergate Days" by Seymour Hersh: The veteran investigative reporter writes about the revelation of the identity of "Deep Throat" and his own reporting experiences. (Originally published June 13 & 20, 2005)
IN THE KITCHEN
"The Egg Men" by Burkhard Bilger: What it takes to be a short-order cook in Las Vegas. (Originally published Sept. 5, 2005)
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Getting In" by Malcolm Gladwell: The social logic of Ivy League admissions. (Originally published Oct. 10, 2005)
ANNALS OF ADOLESCENCE
"The Retreat" by Jonathan Franzen: Memories of a church youth group. (Originally published June 6, 2005)
"The Gift and the Curse" by Sasha Frere-Jones: The "vexing brilliance" of Jack White and the latest release by The White Stripes. (Originally published June 13 & 20, 2005)
The articles in this collection were selected by Audible in cooperation with the editorial staff of The New Yorker. Narration by William Dufris, Todd Mundt, and Christine Marshall.
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A random collection?
I'm a fan of the New Yorker, and a subscriber. I was disappointed in this collection. The individual pieces were well-written, but not so exceptional as to separate them from the normal New Yorker fare. And I could see no unifying principle, no point to the collection. \ Topics include working toward the perfect cookie, the use of leeches in medicine, short order chefs in Las Vegas, a childhood memoir from Jonathan Franzen, the Ivy League selection process.
'Best-of' collections have their place. Slicing and dicing old issues is fine too (by theme, say, or by author). This collection felt random and pointless, the whole much less than the sum of the parts.
Fun and different!