>The New Yorker: "Premium Harmony" by Stephen King

>Ray and Mary argue. She’s fat and he smokes, and they argue about that. They argue about the lawn, they…

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>The New Yorker: "While the Women Are Sleeping" by Javier Marias

>A couple from Madrid is on an island vacation where they observe other people at the beach, including the attractive…

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>The New Yorker: "Procedure in Plain Air" by Jonathan Lethem

>Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City, from which a story was excerpted in The New Yorker earlier this year, was recently released,…

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>The New Yorker: "Complicity" by Julian Barnes

>Our bodies, this story seems to be saying, are in complicity with our emotions. Young love gave the narrator a…

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>The New Yorker: "The Godchildren" by Tessa Hadley

>Chris, Amanda, and Susan, three adults who had been the godchildren of childless Vivien, visit her house for the first…

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>The New Yorker: "Victory Lap" by George Saunders

>Last week’s story was very good, but this one is better. Or at least I enjoyed it more and was…

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>The New Yorker: "Temporary" by Marisa Silver

>Everything is temporary. Vivian is living with Shelly in a temporary space (it’s not really housing at all) and they’re…

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>The New Yorker: "Land of the Living" by Sam Shepard

>I didn’t hate this story, and it isn’t a novel excerpt, so that makes it one of the best stories…

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>The New Yorker: "The Lower River" by Paul Theroux

>In the Contributors’ Notes we learn that Paul Theroux has work of fiction, “A Dead Hand,” forthcoming, but we are…

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>The New Yorker: "Distant Relations" by Orhan Pamuk

>Despite the relatively exotic setting of Istanbul, this New Yorker story—for a welcome change—takes a traditional form and has a…

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