One of my favourites, from my favourite writer, year 2000. It starts with a punch and ends perfectly with on the same point after painting a lively picture – gives the impression that after all, it really is a difficult decision. The detail that the waitress too is called Zhong, and that Zhong means "bell" in Chinese, is amazing. Finesse
END OF BOOK. Il Fotografo - Thematic Exercise. A photography contest by an Italian knowledgable photography magazine (monthly). Every month, readers are given a theme or a task to perform, and the magazine then publishes the best 10-12 submissions, with a brief comment and explanation by the editor. Good example of printeractivity and of value for readers
CENTRE OF BOOK. The New Yorker - Financial Page. In one page every 1-2 weeks, the New Yorker's signature long-form reporting leaves room to a financial explainer. James Surowiecki takes an issue perceived as difficult and controversial, and digs in to explain how it works, why it matters and who are the good guys. Chock full of examples, facts, explanations, and very easy to read. Just what readers need to understand finance – not a whole mag, but one concise, informative, well written page
The mysterious behaviour, which Komura's wife never explains or comments on, sets the scene for an enigmatic, profound short-story. In journalism, I would name her ("she"), so as to let the reader identified her.
A masterly example of the quirky fact intro – list a bunch of normal things, then finish the list with an outright strange thing. Upper Egypt, people, the Nile, conservative Muslims . How the hell did Chinese shops of racy lingerie get there?