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i used to read the main articles in every issue but let most of my 2010 issues pile up without reading anything.

if you read something good in a new issue of the New Yorker, post about it here.

gr8080, Friday, 31 December 2010 20:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

The review of the new Mao biographies.

Denby's Joan Crawford essay.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 December 2010 20:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

A trick to not letting them pile up: if you're a subscriber, read a couple of articles online at work.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 December 2010 20:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Man I've thought abt starting this thread a few times

just sayin, Friday, 31 December 2010 20:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is why i don't have a subscription

ullr saves (gbx), Friday, 31 December 2010 20:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Subscription to the print version: $39.95
Subscription to the iPad version: $234.53

http://runawayjuno.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/thumbs-up-low-res.jpg

Katstack Katstack! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 31 December 2010 21:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

AYYYY WE MAKING INTERNET MONEY

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Katstack Katstack! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 31 December 2010 21:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

alright enough

J0rdan S., Friday, 31 December 2010 21:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anything related to Mexico in the past year's issues has been pretty compelling, mostly by William Finnegan and Alec Wilkinson. The Jane Mayer article about the Koch brothers and the discreet establishment of the tea party is definitely worth reading. This week's Gopnik piece on postmodern desserts is a good read, too.

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Friday, 31 December 2010 21:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Date and month/description of the cover of the issues you're referring to would be helpful!

gr8080, Friday, 31 December 2010 21:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

George Packer's essay on the decadence of the Senate was illuminating.

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 December 2010 21:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, and, both from around August, the profiles of Gil-Scott Heron and John Lurie.

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Friday, 31 December 2010 21:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

A trick to not letting them pile up: if you're a subscriber, read a couple of articles online at work.

― Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, December 31, 2010 3:27 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^otm

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 December 2010 21:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

links would be nice too

Ismael Klata, Friday, 31 December 2010 21:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

recent fire:

Joyce Carol Oates, Personal History, “A Widow’s Story,” The New Yorker, December 13, 2010, p. 70

David Owen, Annals of Environmentalism, “The Efficiency Dilemma,” The New Yorker, December 20, 2010, p. 78

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 December 2010 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

only abstracts are online for nonsubscribers for those i think

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 December 2010 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Some articles are popular enough to remain accessible to all (e.g. the Packer article on the Senate to which I linked above).

Gus Van Sotosyn (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 December 2010 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

here's the one abt the koch bros - http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

just sayin, Friday, 31 December 2010 22:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

A thread like this for all (literary/current event) magazines would be pretty cool.

Mordy, Friday, 31 December 2010 22:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Joyce Carol Oates article devastated me.

John Lurie article blew my mind.

dan selzer, Friday, 31 December 2010 23:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

dessert article was excellent, thanks for the recc

Mordy, Saturday, 1 January 2011 04:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

so john lurie is insane huh

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 January 2011 04:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

The review of the new Mao biographies.

seconded

I can take a youtube that's seldom seen, flip it, now it's a meme (Hurting 2), Saturday, 1 January 2011 08:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Gopnik's desserts article was like a magazine version of the No Reservations episode in Spain.

Zsa Zsa Gay Bar (jaymc), Saturday, 1 January 2011 09:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Which is not meant as a negative at all! They make good companion pieces.

Zsa Zsa Gay Bar (jaymc), Saturday, 1 January 2011 09:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

dessert article was good but gtf outta here w/ this

Finally, the server arrives with the Messi dessert, as Jordi fusses anxiously in the background. He presents half of a soccer ball, covered with artificial grass; the smell of grass perfumes the air. On the “grass” is a kind of delicately balanced, S-shaped, transparent plastic teeter-totter—like a French curve—with three small meringues on it, and a larger white-chocolate soccer ball balancing them on a protruding platform at the very end. A white candy netting lies on the grass near the white-chocolate ball.

Then, with a cat-that-swallowed-the-canary smile, the server puts a small MP3 player with a speaker on the table. He turns it on and nods.

An announcer’s voice, excited and frantic, explodes. Messi is on the move. “Messi turns and spins!” the announcer cries, and the roar of the crowd at the Bernabéu stadium, in Madrid, fills the table. The server nods, eyes intent. At the signal, you eat the first meringue.

“Messi is alone on goal!” the announcer cries. Another nod, you eat the next scented meringue. “Messi shoots!” A third nod, you eat the last meringue, and, as you do, the entire plastic S-curve, now unbalanced, flips up and over, like a spring, and the white-chocolate soccer ball at the end is released and propelled into the air, high above the white-candy netting.

“MESSI! GOOOOOAL!” The announcer’s voice reaches a hysterical peak and, as it does, the white-chocolate soccer ball drops, strikes, and breaks through the candy netting into the goal beneath it, and, as the ball hits the bottom of a little pit below, a fierce jet of passion-fruit cream and powdered mint leaves is released into your mouth, with a trail of small chocolate pop rocks rising in its wake. Then the passion-fruit cream settles, and you eat it all, with the white-chocolate ball, now broken, in bits within it.

You feel . . . something of what Messi must feel: first, the overwhelming presence of the grass beneath his feet (he’s a short player); then the tentative elegance of acquired skill, represented by the stepladder of the perfumed meringues; and, finally, the infantile joy, the childlike release, of scoring, represented by the passion-fruit cream and the candy-store pop rocks. I saw Jordi watching us from the kitchen entrance. He had the anxious-shading-into-delighted look that marks the artist.

johnny crunch, Saturday, 1 January 2011 21:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Owen, Annals of Environmentalism, “The Efficiency Dilemma,” The New Yorker, December 20, 2010, p. 78

Would not recommend this one! People have been arguing about Jevon's Paradox for a century now, and the article doesn't really advance any significant new ideas. As a primer on the "debate" around energy efficiency, however, it's alright.

hot lava hair (Z S), Saturday, 1 January 2011 23:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

^ totally recommend that

markers, Monday, 3 January 2011 17:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah i read that one the other day, great stuff

ciderpress, Monday, 3 January 2011 17:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

it was interesting, lol scientists

ice cr?m, Monday, 3 January 2011 17:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

i liked this one, seemed like a great premise for movie: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/11/29/101129fa_fact_collins

gr8080, Monday, 3 January 2011 20:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Haven't finished it yet, but I'm digging the Freud, psychiatry, and mental health in China article (subscription needed): http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/10/110110fa_fact_osnos

Mordy, Monday, 3 January 2011 21:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Patel story was amazing.

dan selzer, Monday, 3 January 2011 21:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah needs a good 3rd act tho.

gr8080, Monday, 3 January 2011 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

he only contributed a couple of articles this year but i always enjoy atul gawande's stuff: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/02/100802fa_fact_gawande is probably his best piece this year

they fund ph.d studies, don't they? (Lamp), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 00:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

if anyone subscribes then feel free to webmail me the china/freud article kthx

max bro'd (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 00:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

I would, but I can't figure out how to turn it into a pdf or another webmail suitable file.

Mordy, Tuesday, 4 January 2011 00:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

just copy and paste the text? or is it a different viewer thing.....no worries if that's the case

max bro'd (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 00:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

the lehrer article is indeed pretty good and supplies ~evidence~ for my distrust of falsificationism and the inability of some ppl to think of scienctific 'knowledge' subjunctively, tho it does show science self-correcting so i don't read it as a total excoriation of the method

The decline effect is troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that’s often not the case. Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.

max bro'd (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 00:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

The recent one on the Vatican Library was pretty sweet: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/03/110103fa_fact_mendelsohn

I really like Toobin's diptych on JP Stevens and... the other guy.

nakhchivan, FYI, digital subscription gives you access to this weird applet-y, un-C&P text.

nomar little (Leee), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 01:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, and that review of the new biography on Sergei Diaghilev was A+++++++ and really wish it was available to all humans: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2010/09/20/100920crbo_books_acocella

nomar little (Leee), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 01:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

you can c+p articles from an library institutional subscription, but the evan osnos china thing is from the jan 10 issue which is not on the library wires yet. if you can't get it nakh, bump this thread in a week or two and i'm sure someone from what the fuck am i getting myself into with this grad school stuff will help you out.

caek, Tuesday, 4 January 2011 01:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Lamp, thanks for the Gawande link.

Kip Squashbeef (pixel farmer), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 01:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

ive been using a friends login for the subscriber stuff for a while and the interface is just so poor i dont usually bother to fuck w/it - seems theyd much rather you read the actual magazine - lol

ice cr?m, Tuesday, 4 January 2011 02:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

^agreed. kind of why i started this thread so i knew which actual magazine to pick up and start reading.

gr8080, Tuesday, 4 January 2011 02:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

p interesting follow-up of sorts on the recent duchenne muscular dystrophy activism article -- they just had a spot f/ clay matthews sponsored by cadillac during the orange bowl

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 4 January 2011 03:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

OK a TA I had in college had a poem published a few issues ago, woah.

nomar little (Leee), Tuesday, 4 January 2011 05:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

the whole Jan. 11 issue is worth picking up, the aforementioned freud in china article is amazing and hilarious, and it also has decent articles about belgium and why stieg larsson is so fucking popular

symsymsym, Monday, 10 January 2011 03:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

i know the concept of 'worth picking up' is still valid, even for subscribers, in translating to 'worth retrieving from the well-intentioned pile of unread NYers', BUT in general it's still worth remembering how insanely valuable subscribing to the magazine is when compared to buying a newsstand copy. like forty bucks, for a year, for it to be mailed to your house, which is the cost of like seven newsstand issues.

schlump, Monday, 10 January 2011 11:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

clearly you are NOT AN AMERICAN

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 September 2017 00:33 (three months ago) Permalink

unbelievably controlled writing. the picture she builds up, piece by piece, the oppressiveness of his tics. devastating

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 September 2017 09:04 (three months ago) Permalink

there's something feminist about it, too.. she carefully records who does the unpacking, who keeps track of the toothbrush, who keeps the train on the tracks

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 22 September 2017 09:34 (three months ago) Permalink

from Adam Gopnick's sharp review of Chernow's U.S. Grant bio:

A student of American prose could hold up Adams’s Grant-bashing memoir against Grant’s own memoir to define the two furthest points of American recollection: one discursive, mordant, allusive, and hyperbolic—exaggeration of affect is the key to Adams’s “education”—the other pointed, reduced, and understated. (Lincoln’s speeches, Grant’s memoirs, and Stephen Crane’s stories are the triple pillars of American stoical prose to this day.) What the two old enemies have in common, significantly, is a natural taste for irony: Grant’s understatements, like Adams’s self-mortifications, are meant to make the narrator seem modest while showing that he sees through everything. Grant underplays savage battles to escape the pretensions of heroic rhetoric; Adams overdramatizes his internal “lessons” to mock the earnest pretensions of intellect to master the commercial world. Grant’s battles have no heroism; they just happen. Adams’s education keeps sending him back to Go.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Whenever I’m intimidated about how smart Gopnik is, I just have to remember the number of problems he’s solved.

This line of thinking might deserve its own thread.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 22:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Man I don’t know I almost always skip gopnick he is hella annoying

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:04 (three months ago) Permalink

^

sean gramophone, Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:47 (three months ago) Permalink

often annoying, but he's not always wrong (except about hockey)

this was otm

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-dangerous-acceptance-of-donald-trump

mookieproof, Sunday, 1 October 2017 02:56 (three months ago) Permalink

I find that there are very few New Yorker writers distinctive enough to be especially irritating. I've probably read dozens of Adam Gopnik pieces and I couldn't tell you a single thing about his writing.

JRN, Sunday, 1 October 2017 04:19 (three months ago) Permalink

heroic detachment ftw

mookieproof, Sunday, 1 October 2017 04:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Adam Gopkin said 9/11 Manhattan smelled like Mozarella cheese. That's what I remember about him.

carpet_kaiser, Sunday, 1 October 2017 04:27 (three months ago) Permalink

That is inaccurate btw

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 1 October 2017 04:41 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

France, the 70s, young man older woman, just making my way through it now.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1971/06/26/immortal-gatito?mbid=social_twitter

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

^^ I've seen the film, but will def make time to read that tonight, thanks

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Just stepped on that by accident and this is something else (certainly by New Yorker standards). Mavis Gallant is looking at every action and utterance from about five different angles.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 November 2017 23:16 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://twitter.com/MenCatPerson

Number None, Monday, 11 December 2017 12:31 (one month ago) Permalink

is it supposed to be good or funny that someone is spending their time finding idiotic tweets by morons or perhaps bigots or actual deep misogynists and sharing them?

what do we learn from this?

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 December 2017 13:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Someone saw these tweets, was maddened enough to start one as you can do it for free.

When idiocy and bogotry are read aloud its great because you don't actually need to argue anything, just read it back to the person doing it - that's the effect that account has.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 11 December 2017 13:57 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah no doubt the men who posted are following it and changing their ways

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 December 2017 14:00 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't even think it has to be anything other than funny but many of them aren't even funny, just the stupid, badly expressed opinions of dullards.

i suppose some people doubt that these dullards exist or something, but again, i doubt they are following this.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 December 2017 14:01 (one month ago) Permalink

When idiocy and bogotry are read aloud its great because you don't actually need to argue anything, just read it back to the person doing it - that's the effect that account has.

i think this is seriously one of the most naive things i've ever read on ilx

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 December 2017 14:02 (one month ago) Permalink

They will never get to see it, but it might stop some ppl.

Ultimately its not meant to teach ppl anything, that was someone maddened by online. And who could blame them?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 11 December 2017 14:03 (one month ago) Permalink

xp - its not about changing hearts and minds btw. Its war!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 11 December 2017 14:04 (one month ago) Permalink

hearts and minds are not changed on twitter

Simon H., Monday, 11 December 2017 14:05 (one month ago) Permalink

One aspect of modern fandom is to publicize the worst examples of humanity who don't like what you are a fan of, in order to shame others out of criticizing it. (Cat Person was a competently written story and went viral due to its being relatable to people I am lucky enough not to be one of.)

Three Word Username, Monday, 11 December 2017 14:06 (one month ago) Permalink

sometimes it takes a long ass time to figure out why some tweet is posted in a particular thread

President Keyes, Monday, 11 December 2017 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

One aspect of modern fandom liberalism is to publicize the worst examples of humanity

fixed it for you

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 December 2017 14:30 (one month ago) Permalink

ITT: men react to men reacting to Cat Person

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Monday, 11 December 2017 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Those tweets should be added to the story.

Yerac, Monday, 11 December 2017 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

someone on twitter had a very good thread yesterday reiterating that Cat Person is a SHORT STORY not a memoir or essay or thinkpiece, and should be assessed accordingly. relating to characters and their experiences is of course fine, but judging the merit of the story on the rightness or wrongness of the characters' actions is really really dumb. ftr I don't think the New Yorker really did itself or the author much of a favor by publishing an accompanying interview with her about it. not that the author should have to relinquish all authority but maybe let the work speak for itself for at least a little while first.

evol j, Monday, 11 December 2017 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

re: that reaction twitter. It seems more like cathartic mockery of the idea that sjws are the only ones who get "triggered" to me. I don't think anyone expects it to change minds.

rob, Monday, 11 December 2017 15:19 (one month ago) Permalink

ITT: men react to men reacting to Cat Person

men react to men reacting to men reacting to cat person.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 December 2017 15:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I hate cats, and I hate hot takes or hot takes about other fucking people's hot takes. So I'm going to remain blissfully ignorant about whatever the fuck Cat Person is, and not feel like I'm missing out on some enlightenment or fun.

calzino, Monday, 11 December 2017 15:59 (one month ago) Permalink

it's mostly about putting out fires with gasoline, iirc

voodoo chili, Monday, 11 December 2017 16:01 (one month ago) Permalink

It's actually a very good short story!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Monday, 11 December 2017 16:23 (one month ago) Permalink

it's almost insane to which the speed that Twitter chews things up and spits them out, waves of backlash and backlash to the backlash and backlash to the backlash to the backlash and memeifying the whole thing in 24 hours after it's published

like how could anything even exist as a piece of writing or art anymore?

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 December 2017 16:27 (one month ago) Permalink

30 years ago you could kick a piece of art down the street

marcos, Monday, 11 December 2017 16:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Most fiction writing is safely ignored. It's pretty rare that a piece of short fiction goes viral like this; actually, I can't recall the last time this happened.

Simon H., Monday, 11 December 2017 16:28 (one month ago) Permalink

lol marcos

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 December 2017 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

love too laugh at people online

k3vin k., Monday, 11 December 2017 17:49 (one month ago) Permalink

The story was surprisingly graphic. I didn't realize the NYer published fiction that explicit.

For what it's worth, I found the story truthful and interesting. Reminded me of Dan Clowes.

dinnerboat, Monday, 11 December 2017 18:46 (one month ago) Permalink

the edge of indie miserabilia was the worst part that's true

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 11 December 2017 20:08 (one month ago) Permalink

The NYer almost always publishes an interview online with their short fiction writer of the week, so this was not unusual. People just usually don't care.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:41 (one month ago) Permalink

the china selfie meitu app article in this weeks is m/l terrifying

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 14:38 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/08/my-fathers-body-at-rest-and-in-motion

Enjoyed this piece quite a bit. Something about the calm tone that makes it a warm bath to ease into, despite the subject matter.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 13:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

tw suicide

good piece

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/10/13/jumpers

Mordy, Thursday, 4 January 2018 20:15 (one week ago) Permalink

That Mukherjee piece is great. Thanks. xp

o. nate, Friday, 5 January 2018 03:20 (one week ago) Permalink

The Osnos piece on China.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 January 2018 03:37 (one week ago) Permalink

enjoyed that — my first attempt at an audio article!

k3vin k., Friday, 5 January 2018 20:36 (one week ago) Permalink


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