In this issue:
"Life and Letters", by Roger Angell: The U.S. Postal Service ends next-day delivery.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
“Zuccotti 101”, by Andrew Marantz: OR Books publishes “Occupying Wall Street.”
“Second Act”, by Tad Friend: Heather Donahue, after The Blair Witch Project.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
“Delayed Gratification”, by James Surowiecki: Christmas shopping, credit cards, and layaway.
LETTER FROM BANGALORE
"Drug Test", by Ariel Levy: One woman’s challenge to the West.
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Stumptown Girl", by Margaret Talbot: The indie rocker behind “Portlandia.”
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Battle Stations", by David Denby: Reviews of The Iron Lady, War Horse and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol.
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Interesting story about Portlandia.
I enjoyed listening to these stories for the most part. I think the story about the Indian billionaire was a little too long to hold my interest, but the story on Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armiston of Portlandia was fun and very enlightening. Being from Portland, OR I may be a wee bit predisposed to like this, though.
I thought the reviews on the latest movies were pretty tough. I guess I am an easy mark and don't expect as much as the New Yorker reviewer.
I signed up for the yearly subscription and am looking forward to the next issue.
The narration was varied and made the stories more interesting. For the most part, someone would introduce the story and someone else would narrate it. Very well done.
No, it's not movie material, just a group of unrelated stories in a magazine.
This was my first listen of the New Yorker and I think it was well worth the subscription. Can't wait for the next issue!
- Kristi Richardson