Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Ann Beattie's "Major Maybe" was originally published in the April 20, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.
Ann Beattie returns to the pages of The New Yorker, pages she inhabited frequently in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I’ve never quite gotten on with her, and I’ve found it even harder to get on with her later work, but I’m always interested to see what she’s got going on.
Unfortunately, I feel nothing in particular with this piece, other than Beattie’s apparent longing for a time in which her writing was relevant. I’m gathering my thoughts and, since it’s short, am going to read it again. I am probably being too harsh, so I want to temper myself before I put too much here.