I'm a fan of the New Yorker, and a subscriber. I was disappointed in this collection. The individual pieces were well-written, but not so exceptional as to separate them from the normal New Yorker fare. And I could see no unifying principle, no point to the collection. \ Topics include working toward the perfect cookie, the use of leeches in medicine, short order chefs in Las Vegas, a childhood memoir from Jonathan Franzen, the Ivy League selection process.
'Best-of' collections have their place. Slicing and dicing old issues is fine too (by theme, say, or by author). This collection felt random and pointless, the whole much less than the sum of the parts.
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