* Tad Friend’s profile of filmmaker Darren Aronovsky at work on the renegade Biblical epic Noah (I especially enjoyed the description of working with Nick Nolte doing the voice of a character mostly created by CGI);
* “The Reckoning,” Andrew Solomon’s very empathetic profile of Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, who killed 26 schoolchildren, his mother, and himself in Newtown, CT; and
* “Are You Listening?” by the wonderful novelist and memoirist Andre Aciman, remembering what it was like to grow up with a mother was was deaf.
Dana Goodyear’s profile of Lydia Davis left me unconvinced of Davis’s genius as a short short short short short story writer.
And then, you know, cartoons: