Five Friday Reads 03.07.2015

Looking up in Tribeca

  • Voltaire Night‘ from The Paris Review (213). This short story explores the limits of sharing misery and what occurs when the worst happens.
  • When did the end begin?‘ from New York. The term ‘anthropocene’ describes a geological era with visible human impact upon land, but while the term has entered popular vernacular, geologists debate its utility.
  • Expo: Sporting Success‘ from Monocle (85). Would you like to run around a gorgeous green track above a mall in the heart of your city? Or would you be enticed by a cycle club that began with coffee and ended with drinks? Yes, you would like both.
  • Jeffrey Eugenides on Liberal Arts Graduates in Love‘ from The New York Times and ‘The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – review‘ from The Guardian. Years later and I’ve finally read The Marriage Plot. I preferred it to Middlesex (as the first review did) but found it disappointingly relied on cliches in creating the characters. Perfect summer read (which is a good thing).
  • Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky Loves Benihana, Hates Group Birthday Dinners‘ from Grub Street. Sometimes I’m worried for my sense of humor. I laughed for at least five minutes after reading Tuesday, June 30th’s non-breakfast.

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