Posts Tagged: the new yorker
Mary Todd Lincoln was no Jackie Kennedy. Although Mary Lincoln is often portrayed as being consumed by aristocratic airs, she hardly fit in with the upper-class. She spent hefty sums of money on custom tailored dresses to “look the part;” but her fashion choices were often scoffed at, and she is far from being remembered as an iconic fashion figure....more
In 1957, Truman Capote had done it again.
Written for The New Yorker, “The Duke in His Domain” dissolved the absolute mystery surrounding Marlon Brando. And of course, it was Capote, and The New Yorker, so the writing was rich as chocolate cake, and the source unquestionable....more
Alright fiction writers, put down your pens for a moment and let’s talk math.
If you recoil when hearing the “M-word” or brace your index fingers into a cross at the sight of algebra or calculus books—you’re not alone. But according to Alex Nazaryan’s article, “Why Writers Should Learn Math,” writers could improve their prose by embracing math instead of cowering from it....more
Today is the day for ghost stories.
At The New Yorker, Brad Leithauser analyzes Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” focusing on the distinction still being puzzled out by readers and scholars alike: were the ghosts real, or was the unnamed governess real crazy?...more
Ever wonder how the New Yorker gets their facts right? Here’s a hint: it’s not the editor.
In an excerpt from The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry, chapter five, “Fact-Checking at The New Yorker,” explores the evolution of The New Yorker fact-checking department and their efforts to get the story right....more
“This embedded idea, that there was something liberating in the elimination of risk, led Stevens to write approvingly in that company journal of social insurance in Italy, Germany, and England....more
The New Yorker recently posted a cartoon which features a naked, and post-coital, Adam and Eve to their Facebook page. What resulted was a kerfuffle between the magazine and social media site over their nudity regulation policies. Specifically, Facebook took issue with Eve’s cartoon nipples, leading to the magazine’s Facebook page being temporarily shut down....more
An artist’s work can take years to complete, while a critic’s take on said art can be formulated in a matter of hours. This distinction is pointed out early on in Richard Brody’s discussion of criticism at The New Yorker.
Brody does not argue that critics should be considered inferior to artists, rather that they should be wary of how their words affect the headspace of an artist....more
The essay, while coming from a source one step removed from the final decision – that of the committee – still provides an interesting look into the painstaking process of whittling down three hundred books into three....more
The website catalogues two types of subjects: people who read on trains, and the visibly disgruntled strangers who sit next to them, many of whom seem displeased or bemused at the prospect of their picture being taken....more
Judith Thurman and Peter Canby of The New Yorker fame talk about what they like to read at bedtime, covering ground from the Mayan apocalypse to French dictionaries to Susan Sontag. Both writer-editors, often inundated with new publications looking for a blurb, speak to how they read bedtime books purely for pleasure and what works best late in the evening – texts on paper, on Kindle, and new or old....more
Jonathan Safran Foer’s New Yorker piece, “Speechless” eloquently identifies the difficulty of finding words amidst an indescribable nightmare while remembering 9/11.
“Dozens of phone calls home were placed from the towers between the moment that the first plane hit and the time that the north tower collapsed....more
New Yorker cartoon space is highly coveted. Those illustrated laughs that punctuate essays are the ones that made it through the slough of rejection. It’s tough times for the gag cartoonist.
Graphic novelist, James Sturn, walks us through the low expectations, rejection, illustration-block and extracting cartoons from the daily grind....more