A neurotic young graduate student looking for distraction from her doomed thesis is inexplicably swept off her feet by a narcissistic philosophy professor. The obsession continues even after he has dumped her for someone even needier and she has given up on school and become a television writer. Meeting again in New York, they begin an adulterous affair that, of course, can only end in some kind of crisis.
"No Humor Still No Humor End of Humor"
Former SNL writer and The New Yorker staffer Patty Marx employs the weapon she wields best - not that weapon; Patty believes in gun control. Instead she uses her sharp-edged humor to tackle the most difficult facet of aging: the mind's decline. From forgetting her brother-in-law's name while he was wearing a nametag to hanging up the phone to look for her phone, Marx confesses to her failures and not only to make you feel better about yourself.
"Snarky and repetitive"
"The Fear Equation", by Michael Specter; "Pets Allowed", by Patricia Marx; "The Holder of Secrets", by George Packer; "View from the Mountain", by Dan Chiasson; "Shapes of Things", by Peter Schjeldahl; and "High Fliers", by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "Sonia from the Bronx", by Ian Frazier; "Dog's Dinner", by Lauren Collins; "Putin's Dragon", by Joshua Yaffa; "In Search of Forty Winks", by Patricia Marx; "Unsuitable Boys", by James Wood; and "The Waves", by Hilton Als.
"Today’s Woman", by David Remnick; "Sole Cycle", Rebecca Mead; "About Face", by Patricia Marx; "A Fight at the Opera", by James B. Stewart; and "What About Bob?", by Emily Nussbaum.
"Nation of Immigrants", by Steve Coll; "The Kingpins", by William Finnegan; "The Hunter Games", by Patricia Marx; "Spoiled Rotten", by Elizabeth Kolbert; and "That’s Amore", by David Denby.