I recently discovered Harper’s Magazine thanks to another blogger (Thanks Dadshouse!) and I have to admit to finding it a very interesting magazine. Originally I went in search of the article that was recommended in regards to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Once I decided to subscribe I could then read all the articles online, present and past.
I’ve come across some good, witty and challenging reads this week.
There is of course the article The Last Book Party by Gideon Lewis-Kraus which amused me as much as it possibly horrified me about the state of publishing. I also got a kick out of the fact that the event took place in Germany.
An article that certainly amused me was entitled Shine, Perishing Republicans by Garret Keizer and supplied me with the wonderful Thought of the Day “I want the Republican Party to drop dead.” Which I loved and simply had to quote. To be fair the line that follows is “Inasmuch as it differs too little from the competition, I want the Democratic Party to drop dead with it.” You can’t go wrong with a guy like that.
Then came Suburban Ghetto by Jonathan Dee a story about the late author John Cheever whom I’d heard of but never read. Truly I have very little interest in doing so as he sounds like a bit of an unmentionable jerk.
The article Infinite Debt by Thomas Geoghegan pertained to the economy and interest rates and, though I did get sleepy and have a smidgen of trouble understanding everything he said, was ultimately fascinating and he came up with some excellent points. I sure hope someone in charge was listening.
My favorite was in the Readings section. It’s a short story called The Quarrel in the Strong Box by Mark Twain. It was an unpublished story written in 1897. It’s going to be published this month by HarperStudio in Who is Mark Twain? It was a rather humorous story of different denominations of money quarreling over their worth in the banker’s box. The story amused me and led me to seek out other writings by Twain. I’ve actually never read Huck Finn or anything by Twain. It seems long overdue.
What have you been reading these days? Any good magazines or books? Have you read anything that’s compelled you to seek out the authors other works?