The Most-Read Fiction of 2017 by Deborah Treisman
Deborah Treisman on the most-read short stories published by The New Yorker in 2017, including fiction by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zadie Smith, Curtis Sittenfeld, Kristen Roupenian, and Samantha Hunt.
“Greetings, Friends!”: The New Yorker’s 2017 Christmas Poem by Ian Frazier
“Asylum seekers, Black Lives Matter, / Rep. Frederica Wilson, and her hatter. / A vast supply of grateful gladness, / Above the current badness/madness.”
“The Lazy River” by Zadie Smith
“We are on vacation, from life and from struggle both. We are ‘going with the ﬂow.’”
“Sheba” by Andrea Scotti
“Beauty’s an old dog that’s too faithful, that sticks with you despite the curses and the kicks.”
Zadie Smith on Tourists and Metaphors by Cressida Leyshon
Cressida Leyshon talks with Zadie Smith about the fiction writer and essayist’s story “The Lazy River,” which appears in this week’s issue of the magazine.
The Letters of Sylvia Plath and the Transformation of a Poet’s Voice by Anwen Crawford
Anwen Crawford on the letters of Sylvia Plath, from 1940 to 1956, recently published in a new volume.
Sunday Reading: Jennifer Gonnerman by The New Yorker
The New Yorker’s archives offer reporting from Jennifer Gonnerman on conditions on Rikers Island, city councilmembers, jailhouse lawyers, grieving parents, and more.
The Radical Criticism of William Gass by Benjamin Hedin
Benjamin Hedin on the legacy of the writer and critic William Gass, who died this week, at the age of ninety-three.
A Translator’s Reckoning With the Women of the Odyssey by Emily Wilson
Emily Wilson, the first woman to publish an English translation of Homer’s Odyssey, discusses how she reckoned with the story’s female characters.
John Banville’s “Mrs. Osmond” and the Impossibility of Imitating Henry James by Charles Finch
Charles Finch on John Banville’s “Mrs. Osmond,” a new sequel to Henry James’s “The Portrait of a Lady.”