More Summer Reading

This week I had some time to settle in and read The Atlantic‘s annual newsstand fiction issue. Among my favorite pieces here: Richard Russo’s story, “Horseman” (a “campus” story that conveniently follows Megan Marshall’s outstanding essay, “Academic Discourse and Adulterous Intercourse,” analyzing “What Campus Novels Can Teach Us”); “Whitmore, 1969,” a Vietnam-era story by Dominic Smith; and another historically-influenced work, Lauren Groff’s “L. Debard and Aliette,” which transposes the Abelard and Héloïse tale to New York in the early 20th century.

(There’s an added bonus online for subscribers: an interview with Francine Prose in which she discusses her forthcoming book, Reading Like a Writer.)