“Oakdale Days” on page 64, about
Hogan Sheffer, head writer of the soap opera “As the World Turns.” Perhaps
the best opening paragraph I’ve ever read; Larissa MacFarquhar sustains the
quality right to the end. Simply superb.
In the same New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins reports on the real live soap opera in Harvard’s art department. It’s a disappointing article if you wanted thoughts on the title question, “Can Art be Taught?” but he dishes some entertaining dirt.