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    the year in reading: the new yorker

    In addition to those forty books, I also read nearly every issue of the year's New Yorker crop. I made some notes about articles that I found particularly enjoyable or insightful; here are eleven twelve of the best, organized chronologically.

    Atul Gawande, "The Hot Spotters" (on an alternate approach to health care) January 24, 2011

    Lawrence Wright, "The Apostate" (in which film director Paul Haggis breaks from Scientology) Feb 14 & 21, 2011

    Raffi Khatchadourian, "The Gulf War" (on the logistics of the response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster) March 14, 2011

    Anthony Lane, "The Fun Factory" (on the workplace climate at Pixar) May 16, 2011

    Kelefa Sanneh, "Where's Earl?" (on the mysterious disappearance of Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt) May 23, 2011

    John Colapinto, "Strange Fruit" (on how the acai berry became a craze) May 30, 2011

    Rachel Aviv, "God Knows Where I Am" (on the difficulties encountered when schizophrenics reject their diagnoses) May 30, 2011
    (subscribers or pay-for-access only)

    Seymour Hersh, "Iran and the Bomb" (in which doubt is cast about whether Iran was ever, in fact, trying to develop nuclear weapons) June 6, 2011

    Aleksandar Hemon, "The Aquarium" (about the illness and death of his daughter) June 13 & 20, 2011 (subscribers or pay-for-access only)

    John Cassidy, "Mastering the Machine" (on a mysteriously successful hedge fund) July 25, 2011

    Adam Gopnik, "Dog Story" (part personal essay about dogs, part survey of the current theories about how dogs became domesticated) Aug 8, 2011

    Atul Gawande, "Personal Best" (on whether all professionals would benefit from coaching) October 3, 2011

    Most of these aren't paywalled, so enjoy!



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