Sunday Reading: The Promises of the New Year

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From The New Yorker's archive: stories by Lore Segal, Allyson Hobbs, Maria Konnikova, Joan Acocella, and Ian Frazier about the turning of the temporal odometer and the ceremonies and resolutions that come with it.
Out, damned 2020! Begone! This week, with the arrival of 2021, we offer up writing about the turning of the temporal odometer and the ceremonies and resolutions that come with it. In "The Arbus Factor," by Lore Segal, two elderly friends meet at a French restaurant on the Upper West Side and discuss their plans for the New Year. In " 'Auld Lang Syne' and Four Generations of My Family," Allyson Hobbs explores the history of the holiday song, written by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, and its special meaning for her father. In "Why We Make Resolutions…
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