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Publisher's Summary

In this issue:
"Life and Letters", by Roger Angell: The U.S. Postal Service ends next-day delivery.
“Zuccotti 101”, by Andrew Marantz: OR Books publishes “Occupying Wall Street.”
“Second Act”, by Tad Friend: Heather Donahue, after The Blair Witch Project.
“Delayed Gratification”, by James Surowiecki: Christmas shopping, credit cards, and layaway.
"Drug Test", by Ariel Levy: One woman’s challenge to the West.
"Stumptown Girl", by Margaret Talbot: The indie rocker behind “Portlandia.”
"Battle Stations", by David Denby: Reviews of The Iron Lady, War Horse and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol.
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    3 out of 5 stars
    By Kristi Richardson on 01-01-12

    Interesting story about Portlandia.

    What did you like best about The New Yorker, January 2nd 2012 (Ariel Levy, Margaret Talbot, James Surowiecki)? What did you like least?

    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.

    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    I signed up for the yearly subscription and am looking forward to the next issue.

    What does Dan Bernard and Christine Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, it's not movie material, just a group of unrelated stories in a magazine.

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    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!

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