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What We’re Reading This Week: Ireland, Trains, ‘Saturday Night Live’

This Saturday Night Live skit on Brooklyn's gentrification is hilarious, even if somewhat controversial given the climate in New York these days. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

A fan of Roddy Doyle since reading his 1994 novel, Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha, I recently picked up his 2011 short story collection, Bullfighting. The stories are about men in midlife in Ireland, many of whom lament that their kids are grown and out of the house. With a toddler on the loose, it has made me stop to savor these kid-focused days. His characters, as always, are vivid and funny—reading Doyle is like overhearing a great bit of craic at the pub. —Salwa Jabado, Senior Editor, Countryside and Adventure

Originally published in August, this Harvard Business Review article breaks down just how much time we have in a week. It’s refreshing to know that even with 7 hours of sleep nightly, there is an abundance of time for a healthy work/life balance. I know I need to avoid the pitfalls of “time confetti” mentioned here! —Amanda D’Acierno, Senior Vice President and Publisher

I’ve been reading The Girl on the Train on the subway and nearly missing my own train stop every day—it’s perfect for fans of Gone Girl and all the psychological twists and turns keep you guessing. It would be a great companion for a long flight! —Katie Punia, Director of Publicity

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Issues of cultural coexistence are topical this days, but who'd think a little Peruvian bear in England could teach us a thing or so? With the opening of the new Paddington movie, Pico Iyer reflects on Michael Bond's classic children's books in “Please Look After This Bear” in The New York Times Book Review. Born to Indian parents, Iyer knew he had a friend and ally in Paddington, who struggles comically to deal with the intricacies of middle-class English life. Read this piece and you may want to look at those books, or the movie, yourself. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

As a big fan of Jon Oliver's Last Week Tonight, I especially enjoyed this Time article about Oliver's impact on the different institutions he's either critiqued or supported throughout the show's first season. —Annie Bruce, Digital Editorial Intern

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