Just wanted to follow-up on my earlier mention of The Atlantic's latest fiction issue and point you to some of the work I most enjoyed and am still thinking about. You can access each piece here.
--"The Laugh," a story by Téa Obreht (see also the interview with Obreht)
--"Furlough," a story by Alexi Zentner (see also the interview with Zentner)
--"Eyes on the Prize," an essay by Alice Sebold adapted from The Best American Short Stories 2009.
Have you had a chance to read the issue yet? What impressed you? Please share, in comments (but do recall that I will be on the Internet only intermittently this week and therefore it may take some time for your moderated comment to appear).