What We’re Reading This Week: Oranges, Sundance, Decluttering

Growing up in Central Florida, there were orange trees everywhere—including in our backyard. (As kids we got tired of fresh-squeezed orange juice and begged for apple juice out of the can.) It’s hard to imagine Florida without its citrus groves, but The Atlantic tells us in “Florida Without Oranges” that a bacterial infection might force the state to find a new cash crop. —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

I normally would have read more but after being inspired by the bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I spent the rest of the week decluttering dressers and closets. —Amanda D’Acierno, Senior Vice President and Publisher

Is print making a comeback? This story argues it is, with nods to AirBnB and Red Bull’s recent magazine launches as evidence of the trend (let’s also add Skift’s new magazine, for good measure) and compelling engagement metrics to support its resurgence. My biggest takeaway: The average reader spends up to 25 minutes with a magazine—that’s a lifetime in digital, where you’re lucky to get two minutes of someone’s fleeting attention. Pssst content marketers: Readers spend even more time with guidebooks. —Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief

Since I can’t make it to Sundance myself, I enjoyed watching this Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel moderated by the The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum and featuring Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig, and Jenji Kohan. It was great to see these incredible writers and showrunners interacting on stage. —Annie Bruce, Digital Editorial Intern

I’m enjoying the density of language in Eimear McBride’s debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. It’s a fractured narrative of the wrenching brother-sister relationship between unnamed protagonists growing up in Ireland, and while the debt to Ulysses is apparent, it’s arrestingly original. Having spent nine years trying to find a publisher only to receive a clutch of literary prizes, it will be interesting to see what playwright McBride produces next. —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure