"Gender Studies" by Curtis Sittenfeld Originally published in the August 29, 2016 issue of The New Yorker.
So: a one-night stand with a stranger after ending a relationship. As familiar as this is in New Yorker fiction — I referred to this in a quip just at the end of last week — I hope that Sittenfeld does it better than most. I’ve never read any of Sittenfeld’s five novels, but I know readers I appreciate hold her in some esteem, so I’m looking forward to getting to know her a bit with this story . . . I hope she does the trope better.
Looking forward to the discussion below. I’ll post my own thoughts when I’m done with the story, but feel free to post yours in the meantime.