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I'm reading what I believe is the last of the last of the stack of New Yorkers from 2012. I think. I thought I was finished a couple of months ago, but then I discovered a few more lingering in a pile. They have been great reading, really, and lately I've been enjoying the coverage of the 2012 election because it's providing perspective on how things have gotten increasingly screwy over the last 4-5 years. Plus I don't have to fret over the election coverage because the outcome has already been decided.

Other parts are still relevant and interesting to ponder, too. Last night I finished a piece on lessons that medical institutions could draw from the organization and operation of successful chain restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory. I'm left wondering if the ideas and approaches outlined in the article have continued to be applied to more healthcare settings, or if dynamics have changed in other directions instead.

Also, I really appreciate the details about how the Cheesecake Factory has optimized to minimize food waste. The only times I ever went there were in college, when my aunt and uncle came up to visit and took my cousin Zack and me there as a treat. Zack loved cheesecake. At the time, as a college kid and a rower, I found the enormous portion sizes useful. There are worse places to eat. And I think it's telling that many employees appear to stick with the company.


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Apr. 7th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
I have only ever been to the Cheesecake Factory in the Cambrigeside Galleria, and only a few times. I was introduced to it by Ken when we were dating freshman year. We'd get the same thing every time - split the sliders and the salmon firecracker, and then split a piece of cheesecake. I can remember it clear as day!

Isn't life funny.
Apr. 7th, 2016 01:59 am (UTC)
willie wonka..
Apr. 7th, 2016 03:37 am (UTC)
Cheesecake Factory
Noting the author: Atul Gawande! He also wrote "Being Mortal", a book about the health care system relative to it's approach to decision making in situations (such as aging, with worn out body parts) that cannot be fixed. A keen observer, bringing forward good ideas about how the health system can "do better". I wonder where he finds the time to observe and write, since he also works as a surgeon. Sometime I would like you (and your siblings) to read his book (in your "spare" time): especially when it comes time to make decisions on my behalf.
Apr. 7th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake Factory
Hmm, that book came up in another setting recently, too. I'll add it to my list of books to read!
Apr. 7th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
I feel like I should send you another box or two of more recent New Yorkers.
Apr. 7th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Do you have them lying around? I would totally read more. I just find the pace of their arrival a little too overwhelming when they show up once a week.
Apr. 8th, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
For various reasons we have two subscriptions, so, yes. Right now I'm recycling them. I could easily box a dozen every now and then.
Apr. 8th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I'm not the only one to take comfort in reading old magazines. It's better than the utter chaos of reading this week's stuff.
Apr. 8th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
I really appreciate that much of the material in older New Yorkers is still relevant and interesting. I suppose that's true of a number of other magazines as well.

I also like having some sense that I can keep up with things. I've gone through periods where I've had a subscription to the New York Times, and at those points I've always felt like I just couldn't keep up and so much newsprint was just going to waste.
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