Friday, June 30, 2006

Those Bad Men

A quick note about this week's fiction in The New Yorker, "Carnival, Las Tablas," by Cristina Enriquez. This is the story of a pair of sisters who go to the Panamanian version of Carnival. Men are mean to them. Their father has left the family; one sister's boyfriend bites her on the face; the other sister remembers a boyfriend who cheated on her; etc.

As much as I enjoy and appreciate The New Yorker's commitment to publishing fiction, there are weeks when it seems a story has been selected purely on the basis of the author's name. Why work to find something interesting when you can just look for brand-name bylines, check to make sure the author hasn't been used in the past two or three months, and go to lunch?