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What We’re Reading This Week: Dumplings, David Foster Wallace, ‘Comma Queen’

Chinese New Year has arrived—read our story on where to celebrate here—so I've got dumplings on the brain. Fortunately, Serious Eats just published an authoritative guide on where to eat Chinese food in New York City, and I've been revisiting Edible Brooklyn's primer on where to eat dumplings in Sunset Park, otherwise known as Brooklyn's Chinatown. It's going to be a delicious weekend. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor,

I read poet Henri Cole's graceful essay, “A Plague of Snow,” about living with Boston's seemingly perpetual snowfall, online in The New Yorker. Many of us will identify with his rueful reflections on the daily inconveniences caused by this intense winter. But there's also a reminder that, yes, spring will be here, with “the possibility of starting again.” —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

I’m re-reading The Pale King, David Foster Wallace’s final and unfinished novel about adulthood, interpersonal communication, boredom, confusion, the meaning of existence…and most of all, tax accounting. It’s profoundly tragic and so hilarious that I can’t sit in the quiet car on my commute when I’m reading it. Worth reading over and over. —Linda Schmidt, Managing Editor

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As a grammar-nerd and copy editor, I enjoyed reading “Holy Writ” in The New Yorker, where Mary Norris details her journey as a proofreader (or “comma queen”) for the magazine. She also tackles one of my favorite controversies: the never-ending serial comma debate. —Annie Bruce, Digital Editorial Intern

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