>The New Yorker: "The Shelter of the World" by Salman Rushdie

>Akbar the Great is building a new capital city and a new palace for his empire. And he’s not such…

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>The New Yorker: "Free Radicals" by Alice Munro

>So in my expectation of a Munro story I was off by a couple of weeks. At least this story,…

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>The New Yorker: "Friendly Fire" by Tessa Hadley

>I wanted to like this story, but it didn’t happen (which is why this comment is late – I find…

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>The New Yorker: "The Reptile Garden" by Louise Erdrich

>Except that the dramatic moment on which this story hinges has a false ring to it, I liked this story.…

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>The New Yorker: "Ash Monday" by T.C. Boyle

>Last week, after starting the year with stories by Updike and Doctorow, I guessed that this week we’d have Munro.…

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>The New Yorker: "Wakefield" by E.L. Doctorow

>I feel almost as sorry for Doctorow as I do for Updike. (I guess this is not going to be…

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>The New Yorker: "Outage" by John Updike

>Don’t you kind of feel sorry for John Updike? I mean, he writes a story and how many places can…

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