December 22, 2011

Alexander Girard Shelves? Alcoa Forecast Throwback

You know what I never got around to doing in 2010? Finishing the catalogue of all the designs created for the Alcoa Forecast ad campaign in the late 1950s. That was the postwar, civilian/consumer-oriented, Glorious Aluminum Future PR campaign that...
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Posted by greg at 12:53 PM

December 11, 2010

Italian Line, Farm Journal

The New Yorker obsoleted my old New Yorker Magazine Database by finally letting Google index their website and adding a search function, and making their archive available online, and that's as it should be. But whenever I browse the...
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Posted by greg at 10:03 AM

April 12, 2010

'If Echo were as fleet...'

Paul Brodeur in Talk of the Town, The New Yorker, September 3, 1960. The abstract pretty much captures the whole, short piece:Comment on attending Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" at Central Park's outdoor Belvedere Lake Theatre. We noticed...
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Posted by greg at 11:19 PM

January 1, 2009

The Fake Wedding Singer

Even he had to admit that this was as pleasant a concert setting as could be imagined. The stage was a flatbed trailer set up in front of a log cabin; it was a breezy summer afternoon, and people brought...
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Posted by greg at 11:50 PM

April 8, 2008

Lego City Of The Future, By Norman Mailer & Friends

If you had to name one American, for instance, who clubbed together with a couple of friends in 1965 and spent more than three weeks building a futuristic seven-foot vertical city out of Lego, you might not immediately think of...
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Posted by greg at 5:55 PM

June 19, 2006

Morton Feldman & The Man On The Street

A quote from Morton Feldman, reprinted in Alex Ross's excellent piece on the modernist composer:My teacher Stefan Wolpe was a Marxist and he felt my music was too esoteric at the time. And he had his studio on a proletarian...
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Posted by greg at 12:02 AM

April 8, 2006

As Iago Is My Under-Secretary of Defense for Intelligence...

If the order were to be given for an attack, the American combat troops now operating in Iran would be in position to mark the critical targets with laser beams, to insure bombing accuracy and to minimize civilian casualties. As...
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Posted by greg at 4:02 AM

November 28, 2005

2005-12-05, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-12-05 Posted 2005-11-28 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ FLOOR WAR/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the war over the war in Congress. BEIJING POSTCARD/ POPPY, SHOPPING/ Peter Hessler traces the steps of Old Bush. VISITING DIGNITARIES/ GIBBONS/ Nick Paumgarten...
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Posted by greg at 10:34 AM

October 17, 2005

2005-10-24, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-10-24 Posted 2005-10-17 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ GAME PLAN/ George Packer on what the Republicans' troubles mean for the opposition. NOSEBLEED DEPT./ RARE AIR/ Nick Paumgarten visits an office with altitude. WHO R U?/ HARRIET...
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Posted by greg at 12:06 PM

September 16, 2005

So You Want To Read "Brokeback Mountain"

I shouldn't be surprised that I'm getting this question a lot these days. Here's what Ang Lee told the NYT's Karen Durbin:"When I first read the story, it gripped me. It's a great American love story, told in a way...
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Posted by greg at 7:34 AM

September 3, 2005

Finally, New Yorker Articles Via RSS

Google News started indexing The New Yorker, and using this link, you can see the links of up to 100 articles from the magazine. Right now, that covers stuff back to July 31. +the source:new_yorker, also available via rss and...
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Posted by greg at 5:37 AM

August 29, 2005

2005-09-05, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-09-05 Posted 2005-08-29 GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN MOVIES, THE THEATRE, NIGHT LIFE, CLASSICAL MUSIC, ART [that's all I could dig up.] THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WAR AND ANTIWAR/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the Presidentís oppositionóat home...
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Posted by greg at 6:34 AM

August 22, 2005

2005-08-29, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-08-29 Posted 2005-08-22 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ SACRED AND PROFANE/ David Remnick on the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH/ SHAKEDOWN STREET/ Ben McGrath on how a block is making the ìSex and the Cityî...
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Posted by greg at 5:00 AM

August 15, 2005

2005-08-22, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-08-22 Posted 2005-08-15 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ Mired/ Hendrik Hertzberg on President Bushís science of evolution. GONE FISHING/ Snakehead, the Sequel/ Nick Paumgarten goes hunting for a killer fish. CLOSE READING DEPT./ O.B.L./ Lauren Collins...
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Posted by greg at 8:58 AM

July 25, 2005

2005-08-01, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-08-01 Posted 2005-07-25 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ ROE V. ROVE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts. THEME AND VARIATIONS/ BAG CHECK/ Nick Paumgarten observes new subway security measures. WIND ON CAPITOL...
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Posted by greg at 10:32 AM

July 18, 2005

2005-07-25, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-07-25 Posted 2005-07-18 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ NOT SCARED/ Adam Gopnik on the mood in London on the day of the bombings. MIRROR, MIRROR/ FACE-OFF/ Ben McGrath on what we might see in a candidate's...
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Posted by greg at 6:51 AM

July 17, 2005

2005-07-11 & 18, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-07-11 & 18 Posted 2005-07-04 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ DECISIONS, DECISIONS/ Louis Menand on Sandra Day O'Connor. SPORTS DEPT./ TEAM FOR SALE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on George Soros's bid for the Washington Nationals baseball team. AROUND...
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Posted by greg at 11:10 AM

July 4, 2005

2005-07-11 & 18, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-07-11 & 18 Posted 2005-07-04 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ DECISIONS, DECISIONS/ Louis Menand on Sandra Day O'Connor. SPORTS DEPT./ TEAM FOR SALE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on George Soros's bid for the Washington Nationals baseball team. AROUND...
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Posted by greg at 11:10 AM

June 27, 2005

2005-07-04, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-07-04 Posted 2005-06-27 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ POLITICAL PORN/ David Remnick considers the latest literature on Hillary Clinton. SUMMER JOBS/ THE ENRON EXAMPLE/ Alec Wilkinson attends a lesson on legal ethics. DEPT. OF EDUCATION/ DONíT...
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Posted by greg at 7:15 AM

June 20, 2005

2005-06-27, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-06-27 Posted 2005-06-20 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WATCHED POT/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the Supreme Court and medical marijuana. D.C. POSTCARD/ TYSON'S CORNER/ David Remnick on Mike Tyson's last round. DEPT. OF SECOND ACTS/ TO BOLDLY...
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Posted by greg at 10:42 AM

June 2, 2005

The REAL New Yorker Magazine Database

Wow. The New Yorker will publish its entire archive, indexed and searchable, on DVD this fall for $100 MSRP. [NYT, via kottke] Amazon's already taking pre-orders for $63....
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Posted by greg at 10:10 AM

May 30, 2005

2005-06-06, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-06-06 Posted 2005-05-30 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ LADIES FIRST/ Rebecca Mead on the new Laura Bush. THE CLOTH/ INTERFAITH AT WORK/ Ben McGrath at a gathering of clergy and judges in Brooklyn. ODD JOBS DEPT./...
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Posted by greg at 9:34 AM

May 23, 2005

2005-05-30, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-05-30 Posted 2005-05-23 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ BIG NEWS WEEK/ Hendrik Hertzberg on Newsweek, the White House, and the fallout from the Guant·namo allegations. THE BENCH/ GIRLS BEHAVING BADLY/ Jeffrey Toobin on a legal battle...
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Posted by greg at 9:48 AM

May 16, 2005

2005-05-23, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-05-23 Posted 2005-05-16 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ BLAIR'S BUSHY TAIL/ Hendrik Hertzberg on Tony Blair's shrinking majority. DEPT. OF YESTERYEAR/ U.N. ON ICE/ Nick Paumgarten on the U.N.'s potential move to the outer boroughs. STREET...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

May 2, 2005

2005-05-09, This Week In The New Yorker

Posted 2005-05-02 Issue of 2005-05-09 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ THE MATT AND JUDY SHOW/ Hendrik Hertzberg on Judith Miller, Matthew Cooper, and the freedom of the press. DEPT. OF PALEONTOLOGY/ DINOMITE/ Adam Gopnik on new dinosaurs at...
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Posted by greg at 8:56 AM

April 18, 2005

2005-04-25, This Week In The New Yorker

Posted 2005-04-18 Issue of 2005-04-25 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WITHOUT DELAY/ Hendrik Hertzberg on Tom DeLay's ethical and moral troubles. HOUSEKEEPING/ ELLEN BARKIN AT HOME/ Lillian Ross visits the actress and society wife at her East Side...
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Posted by greg at 10:44 AM

April 11, 2005

2005-04-18, This Week In The New Yorker

Posted 2005-04-11 Issue of 2005-04-18 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WASTED ENERGY/ Elizabeth Kolbert on the fight over drilling in Alaska. DEPT. OF MERGERS/ WINNERS/ Rebecca Mead reports from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Welch's book party, at the...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 AM

April 6, 2005

The New Yorker Masthead Database

While I'm lackadaisically culling archival links from the New Yorker's website (to make up for the fact that they have no search or archive function), the New York Observer has emptied the scribbled-on scraps of paper and cocktail napkins from...
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Posted by greg at 10:06 AM

April 4, 2005

2005-04-11, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-04-11 Posted 2005-04-04 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ JOHN PAUL II/ David Remnick on the life of Karol Wojtyla. INK / BATTLE OF THE TABS/Ben McGrath on the recent flare up between the Post and the...
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Posted by greg at 4:59 AM

March 28, 2005

2005-04-04, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-04-04 Posted 2005-03-28 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ MATTERS OF LIFE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the Terri Schiavo dilemma. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION/ THE JOY OF TRAFFIC/ Nick Paumgarten joins a bumper-to-bumper race into town. DEPT. OF ENTOMOLOGY/...
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Posted by greg at 11:07 AM

March 21, 2005

2005-03-28, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-03-28 Posted 2005-03-21 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ UNTRUSTWORTHY/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the what the Social Security fund means. WIND ON CAPITOL HILL/ SOFTBALL/ Ben McGrath attends the congressional hearings on steroids in baseball. THE BOARDS/...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 PM

March 14, 2005

2005-03-21, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-03-21 Posted 2004-03-14 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ BOLTONISM/ Samantha Power on President Bushís next Ambassador to the United Nations. STATES' RITES/ YOU SAY TOMATO/ Ben McGrath on pride and produce in the Garden State. HERE...
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Posted by greg at 7:16 AM

March 7, 2005

2005-03-14, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-03-14 Posted 2004-03-07 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ NUKE íEM/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the sharp double edge of the Senate filibuster. DEPT. OF CALCULATION/ CRED/ Ben McGrath on a group of undercover homeless decoys. DEPT. OF...
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Posted by greg at 12:21 PM

February 28, 2005

2005-03-07, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-03-07 Posted 2004-02-28 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ BELIEVER/ Louis Menand on the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson. ON TOUR/ DR. JUICE/ Ben McGrath attends a Jose Canseco book signing. AWARDS SEASON/ THE POLLIES/...
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Posted by greg at 7:24 AM

February 21, 2005

2005-02-28, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-02-28 Posted 2004-02-21 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ NEWSHOUNDS/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the White House press-corps pets. HERE TODAY DEPT/ GATED/ Peter Schjeldahl on what Christo and Jeanne-Claude did to Central Park. THE PICTURES/ ONE BILLION/...
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Posted by greg at 8:23 AM

February 7, 2005

2005-02-14 & 21, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-02-14 Posted 2004-02-07 TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ LANDMARKS/ Hendrik Hertzberg on what successful Iraqi elections mean. STREET LIFE/ TOO MUCH INFORMATION/ Adam Gopnik on the new rash of signage in the city. OFF THE RUNWAY/ LET...
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Posted by greg at 5:39 AM

February 6, 2005

2005-02-07, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-02-07 Posted 2004-01-31 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ HOMELAND INSECURITY/ William Finnegan on whatís missing at the mammoth government agency. DEPT. OF PREDICTION/ THREE TO FIVE/ Ben McGrath on how long it takes to fix a...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 AM

February 3, 2005

Golden Gate Bridge Meets Its (Suicide Docu) Maker

After all, Eric Steel didn't say he wasn't going to film the jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge when he applied for a permit to shoot the bridge all day, every day, for a year. According to the federal officials...
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Posted by greg at 7:26 AM

January 31, 2005

2005-02-07, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-02-07 Posted 2004-01-31 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ HOMELAND INSECURITY/ William Finnegan on whatís missing at the mammoth government agency. DEPT. OF PREDICTION/ THREE TO FIVE/ Ben McGrath on how long it takes to fix a...
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Posted by greg at 9:56 AM

January 25, 2005

Yet Somehow, His Wife Just Didn't Understand

"There's a certain enjoyment in facing death, periodically." - actor Robert Blake discussing--no, but good guess--discussing his appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as quoted in a 1978 New Yorker profile by Kenneth Turan. [Day-um. Turan kept a...
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Posted by greg at 4:34 AM

January 23, 2005

Since "La BohËme" Was Taken

Quotes from two consecutive paragraphs of Peter Schjeldahl's review of "East Village U.S.A." in The New Yorker:There was something toxically facetious about the East Village versions of avant-gardism and la vie bohËme... ...A suggested title for a musical version that...
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Posted by greg at 10:24 AM

January 17, 2005

2005-01-24, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-01-24 Posted 2005-01-17 NOTE: This week the Magazine published all its major pieces online for, I believe, the first time. THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ UNSOCIAL INSECURITY/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the Bush Administration's plans for retirement....
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Posted by greg at 9:57 AM

January 12, 2005

2005-01-17, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-01-17 Posted 2004-01-10 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ FLOOD TIDE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the response to the tsunami. COLD CASE DEPT./ VISITING PREACHER KILLEN/ Jeffrey Goldberg remembers a trip to Philadelphia, Mississippi. AFTER THE FLOOD/ THE...
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Posted by greg at 12:26 PM

January 3, 2005

2005-01-10, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-01-10 Posted 2005-01-03 THE TALK OF THE TOWN LETTER FROM KALAPET/ TSUNAMI/ Akash Kapur reports from the coast of South India. DEPT. OF MELTDOWNS/ BUSTED/ Rebecca Mead on Bernard B. Kerikís place in the cityís history of...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 AM

December 27, 2004

2005-01-03, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2005-01-03 Posted 2004-12-27 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ GETTING WARMER/ Elizabeth Kolbert on the facts of Michael Crichtonís fiction. DEPT. OF SHOE LEATHER/ WALK ON/ Ben McGrath steps out with a remarkably thorough pedestrian. BAH HUMBUG...
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Posted by greg at 2:40 AM

December 13, 2004

2004-12-20 and 27, These Weeks In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-12-20 and 27 Posted 2004-12-13 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ INVASION VS. PERSUASION/ George Packer on the making of democracy in Iraq and Ukraine. THE DIPLOMATS/ JUST WHISTLE/ Ben McGrath on a scandalous peacekeeping memoir. LAB...
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Posted by greg at 10:35 AM

December 6, 2004

2004-12-13, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-12-13 Posted 2004-12-06 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ POWER PLAYS/ Philip Gourevitch on whatís wrong at the United Nations. LOAVES AND FISHES/ BIG WINNER/ Ben McGrath weighs the holiday sights. OUGHTA BE A LAW DEPT./ GOOD...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 AM

November 29, 2004

2004-12-06, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-12-06 Posted 2004-11-29 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ GOING DOWN/ John Cassidy on the declining dollar. THE CULTURE WARS/ WHY KNOW?/ Daniel Radosh on a group of Kinsey debunkers. DEPT. OF DETERRENCE/ FOR THE BIRDS/ Ben...
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Posted by greg at 6:45 AM

November 22, 2004

2004-11-29, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-11-29 Posted 2004-11-22 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ MORE WAR/ Philip Gourevitch on seeking true victory in Falluja. DEPT. OF SCHOOL SPIRIT/ FARM TEAM/ Ben McGrath on the eager Democrats of the New York City Council....
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Posted by greg at 12:37 PM

November 15, 2004

2004-11-22, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-11-22 Posted 2004-11-15 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ THE OLD MAN/ David Remnick on Yasir Arafat's legacy. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY DEPT./ ACT NOW/ Michael Specter on the activist Larry Kramer's latest speech. REVIVALS/ CINDERELLA STORY/ Nancy Franklin...
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Posted by greg at 12:17 PM

November 8, 2004

2004-11-15, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-11-15 Posted 2004-11-08 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WOE IS WE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on four more years. THE PARTY/ DEBOUCHING/ Ben McGrath visits William F. Buckley. WORLD OF TOMORROW/ WHAT IF?/ Dana Goodyear on an N.Y.U....
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Posted by greg at 5:35 AM

November 2, 2004

2004-11-08, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-11-08 Posted 2004-11-01 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ THE CURSE OF CURSES/ Roger Angell on the Boston Red Sox' win. THE PICTURES/ NOT ENJOYING IT/ Larissa MacFarquhar talks with the actor Paul Giamatti. DEPT. OF AMBIVALENCE/...
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Posted by greg at 6:41 AM

October 25, 2004

2004-11-01, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-11-01 Posted 2004-10-25 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ THE CHOICE/ The Editors on the coming election. [They used the first 3,856 words lay out Bush's incompetence, failings, deceptions, and dangers, and 677 words to endorse Kerry...
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Posted by greg at 11:57 AM

October 18, 2004

2004-10-25, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-10-25 Posted 2004-10-18 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ QUESTIONS OF GREATNESS/ George Packer on the final Presidential debate and the choice ahead. INK/ PRIZE FIGHT/ Ben McGrath on the National Book Awards nominees. IN THE VAULT/...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 AM

October 11, 2004

2004-10-18, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-10-18 Posted 2004-10-11 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ STRETCHERS/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the Vice-Presidential debate. HOMEWORK/ TO THE EDITOR/ Daniel Radosh on a class of gifted young letter writers. CONTENDERS/ POST-PUNK/ Nick Paumgarten on the rocker-activist...
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Posted by greg at 6:53 AM

October 4, 2004

2004-10-11, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-10-11 Posted 2004-10-04 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WINNING/ Elizabeth Kolbert on how the candidates fared in the first Presidential debate. VISITING DIGNITARIES/ DRY RUN/ Andrew Rice on an African election observerís trip to America. THE...
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Posted by greg at 10:11 AM

September 27, 2004

2004-10-04, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-10-04 Posted 2004-09-27 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ INDEFENSIBLE/ Frances FitzGerald on the Presidentís missile-defense fixation. THE WEEK IN DIGNITARIES/ HOT TICKET/ Ben McGrath at an appearance by the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. ROME POSTCARD/...
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Posted by greg at 11:32 AM

September 20, 2004

2004-09-27, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-09-27 Posted 2004-09-20 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ THE POLITICAL WAR/ George Packer on why Iraq isnít hurting the President. THE BENCH/ DELETED/ Jeffrey Toobin on the history of wartime freedom of speech. PUBLICATION DAY/ SWING...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 AM

September 13, 2004

2004-09-20, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-09-20 Posted 2004-09-13 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ PRISONERS OF THE CAUCASUS/ David Remnick on the familiarity of Russiaís Chechnya problem. DOWN THE STRETCH/ CONVENTIONAL WISDOM/ Ben McGrath compares the Red Sox and the Yankees to...
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Posted by greg at 10:55 AM

September 6, 2004

2004-09-13, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-09-13 Posted 2004-09-06 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ IN MODERATION/ Hendrik Hertzberg compares the face of the Republican Party to its platform. DEPT. OF DISCOURSE/ CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE/ Ben McGrath roams the Republican Convention. GIVERS/ MONEY HONEYS/...
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Posted by greg at 12:55 PM

August 31, 2004

2004-09-06 , This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-09-06 Posted 2004-08-30 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ UNDER FIRE/ Hendrik Hertzberg on Republican attacks. THE BIG SHOW/ SCOOPS/ Ben McGrath on the tricks of the news cycle. DEPT. OF IMPERSONATION/ REPORTING FOR DUTY/ Tad Friend...
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Posted by greg at 8:07 AM

August 23, 2004

2004-08-30, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-08-30 Posted 2004-08-23 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ G.O.P. CITY/ William Finnegan on the Big Appleís Republican past. PUBLIC LIFE/ TRICKY DICK/ Tom Miller catches up with the twentieth centuryís premier political prankster. THE WAITING ROOM/...
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Posted by greg at 9:13 AM

August 16, 2004

2004-08-23, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-08-23 Posted 2004-08-16 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ DANGERS PRESENT/ Nicholas Lemann on the Committee on the Present Danger, recently re-formed, and the price of peril. THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL/ DRY/ Adam Green on the fortunes of...
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Posted by greg at 11:00 AM

August 7, 2004

2004-08-09, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-08-09 Posted 2004-08-02 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ CONVENTIONAL WARFARE/ David Remnick on John Kerry's acceptance speech. CONVENTION DIARY/ COMERS/ Ben McGrath on the moving and shaking at the Democratic National Convention. THE WAYWARD PRESS/ BOSTON...
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Posted by greg at 12:15 PM

July 26, 2004

2004-08-02, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-08-02 Posted 2004-07-26 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ BIG DOINGS/ Roger Angell on whatís happening this summer. SPORTS DEPT./ THE FLOOR MOVED/ Ben McGrath follows a basketball court across town. THE BENCH/ U.S. V. STEWART, PART...
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Posted by greg at 11:15 AM

July 19, 2004

2004-07-26, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-07-26 Posted 2004-07-19 TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ SOCIAL MOBILITY/ Adam Gopnik on the cityís pedicabs, a sharp symbol of a new American reality. DEPT. OF EDUCATION/ THE PET GOAT APPROACH/ Daniel Radosh on a notorious reading...
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Posted by greg at 7:21 AM

July 5, 2004

2004-07-12 & 19, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-07-12 and 19 Posted 2004-07-05 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ BLOWING BUBBLES/ John Cassidy on the dubious longevity of Alan Greenspan. DEPT. OF RABBLE-ROUSING/ THE CHICAGO PRECEDENT/ Ben McGrath on Pat Buchanan's convention memories-- and plans....
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Posted by greg at 7:21 AM

June 28, 2004

2004-07-05, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-07-05 Posted 2004-06-28 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WARS AND IDEAS/ George Packer on ideologies of government in the new sovereign Iraq. DEPT. OF BUILDING/ WINNING THE WEST/ William Finnegan on a stadium, a highway, and...
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Posted by greg at 11:58 AM

June 22, 2004

On Facing Among Other Things Facts

Now I fear that my entire life may be punctuated incorrectly (it is)....
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Posted by greg at 10:06 AM

June 21, 2004

2004-06-28, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-06-28 Posted 2004-06-21 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ WINNER/ Hendrik Hertzberg on what Reagan did right. PEN PAL DEPT./ TIME SERVED/ Ben McGrath on what the shoe bomber Richard Reid is reading. SH-H-H!/ WORSE THAN HIS...
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Posted by greg at 7:25 AM

June 7, 2004

2004-06-14 & 21, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-06-14 & 21 Posted 2004-06-07 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ MONEY, MONEY, MONEY/ Hendrik Hertzberg on what cash canóand canítóbuy a candidate. EUREKA DEPT./ THE SUICIDE POEM/ Joshua Wolf Shenk reads confessional verse by, perhaps, Abraham...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 AM

May 31, 2004

Yet Another NYMDb

Ms. (Katherine) Milkman (Princeton '04), who has a minor in American studies, read 442 stories printed in The New Yorker from Oct. 5, 1992, to Sept. 17, 2001, and built a substantial database. She then constructed a series of rococo...
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Posted by greg at 11:22 AM

Geezers, Screenwriters & Directors

It's my guess that we cling to the harsher bits of the past not just as a warning system to remind us that the next Indian raid or suddenly veering, tower-bound 757 is always waiting but as a passport to...
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Posted by greg at 11:08 AM

2004-06-07, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-06-07 Posted 2004-05-31 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ NEW-TIME RELIGION/ Hendrik Hertzberg on faith in the Presidency. DEPT. OF EXONERATION/ FACE IN THE CROWD/ Jeffrey Toobin on a televised alibi. ROME POSTCARD/ ASK PASQUINO/ John Seabrook...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 AM

May 24, 2004

2004-05-31, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-05-31 Posted 2004-05-24 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ RISK MANAGEMENT/ Elizabeth Kolbert on the 9/11 Commission and whatís keeping us from preparing for terrorist attacks. HOLLYWOOD POSTCARD/ DOPPELGŸNGERS/ Kevin Conley reports from the stunt-doubles awards show....
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Posted by greg at 11:10 AM

May 17, 2004

2004-05-24, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-05-24 Posted 2004-05-17 THE TALK OF THE TOWN AT THE MUSEUMS/ A PICASSO FACE-LIFT/ Calvin Tomkins admires "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon." THE PICTURES/ WRECKED AGAIN/ Tad Friend considers the cityís prime place in the disaster-film genre. DRY RUN...
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Posted by greg at 4:20 AM

May 10, 2004

2004-05-17, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-05-17 Posted 2004-05-10 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ HEARTS AND MINDS/ David Remnick on the failures at Abu Ghraib. URBAN STUDIES/ CITIES AND SONGS/ Adam Gopnik talks with the visiting urban critic Jane Jacobs. INK/ ISNíT...
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Posted by greg at 12:54 PM

May 3, 2004

2004-05-10, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-05-10 Posted 2004-05-03 (and 2004-04-30) THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ LOSING: THE VIRUS/ Roger Angell on the slightly wounded pride of the Yankees. DEPT. OF PREDICTION/ COMPLEX PROCESS/ Ben McGrath on foretelling Presidential outcomes by reading...
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Posted by greg at 7:32 AM

April 26, 2004

2004-05-03, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-05-03 Posted 2004-04-26 THE TALK OF THE TOWN POSTSCRIPT/ David Remnick remembers Philip Hamburger COMMENT/ ON THE AIR/ Elizabeth Kolbert on the Presidentís murky environmental policy. THE MOVEMENT/ CHANGES/ Rebecca Mead attends a feminist-movement reunion. DEPT. OF...
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Posted by greg at 1:13 AM

April 12, 2004

2004-04-19 & 26, This Week In The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-04-19 and 26 Posted 2004-04-12 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ ESCALATION/ David Remnick on the widening war in Iraq. OUR CONSTABULARY/ WANTED/ Ben McGrath on the secret life of city marshals. THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL/ PARDON?/ Joshua...
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Posted by greg at 8:02 AM

April 5, 2004

2004-04-12, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-04-12 Posted 2004-04-05 TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ RELUCTANT WITNESSES/ Hendrik Hertzberg on how the White House still isnít co–perating with the September 11th commission. THE RADIO DIAL/ DUMBASSIFICATION/ Elizabeth Kolbert on the dÈbut of Chuck Dís...
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Posted by greg at 8:20 AM

March 29, 2004

2004-04-05, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-04-05 Posted 2004-03-29 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ THE WAR OVER THE WAR/ Mark Danner on Richard Clarke and the lessons of Iraq. THE WATERFRONT/ OIL SPILL/ Ben McGrath chases the spill in Queens. DEPT. OF...
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Posted by greg at 7:33 AM

March 24, 2004

Four New Yorker Writers Online

In addition to Susan Orlean (whose website includes a weblog by Jason Kottke for the film Adaptation) Rebecca Mead, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Specter all provide archives of their writing for the New Yorker on their personal websites: Rebecca Mead...
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Posted by greg at 6:50 AM

March 22, 2004

2004-03-29, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-03-29 Posted 2004-03-22 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ AFTER MADRID/ David Remnick on what the train bombings in Spain and the election that followed mean for the world. ON THE CLOCK/ JAM OFF/ Nick Paumgarten on...
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Posted by greg at 10:29 AM

March 15, 2004

2004-03-22, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-03-22 Posted 2004-03-15 THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ VICE SQUADS/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the search for Kerryís right-hand man. THE BEAT/ MAN BLAMES DOG/ Ben McGrath on a wink-catching drug-sniffing canine. DEPT. OF DINING/ AFTERTASTE/ Adam...
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Posted by greg at 6:38 AM

March 8, 2004

2004-03-15, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-03-15 Posted 2004-03-08 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ WEDDING BLITZ/ Hendrik Hertzberg on why young conservatives are supporting gay marriage. FIRST PERIOD/ SLUMP/ Alec Wilkinson on Mark Messier and the forlorn sport of hockey. SECOND PERIOD/...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 AM

March 1, 2004

2004-03-08, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-03-08 Posted 2004-03-01 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ RECKLESS DRIVER/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the Ralph Nader candidacy. GROVES OF ACADEME/ PAST AND PRESENT PASSIONS/ David Remnick gets the religion scholar Elaine Pagelsís take on Mel Gibsonís...
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Posted by greg at 8:24 AM

February 23, 2004

2004-03-01, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-03-01 Posted 2004-02-23 The Talk of TheTown COMMENT/ TEN YEARS AFTER/ George Packer on fostering democracy in Haiti. ON DECK/ NOTHING BUT THE BEST/ Ben McGrath considers A-Rodís welcome to the Yankees. JUST LOOKING/ A NEW MALL/...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 AM

February 9, 2004

2004-02-16 & 23, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-02-16 Posted 2004-02-09 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ WARRIORS/ Hendrik Hertzberg on the battle readiness of Bush and Kerry. THE BENCH/ STAR WITNESS/ Jeffrey Toobin at the Martha Stewart trial. DESIGN DEPT./ CITY LIGHTS/ Ben McGrath...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 AM

February 2, 2004

2004-02-09, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-02-09 Posted 2004-02-02 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ BLAME GAME/ John Cassidy on the weapons inspector David Kayís testimony to Congress. YOU DONíT SAY DEPT./ CHEW ON/ Ben McGrath considers the newest mental boosterógum chewing. WORKS...
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Posted by greg at 11:12 AM

January 26, 2004

2004-02-02, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-02-02 Posted 2004-01-26 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ UNSTEADY STATE/ Hendrik Hertzberg parses the President?s State of the Union address. RELOCATION DEPT./ NET LOSS/ Ben McGrath on the Brooklyn Nets? new arena, possibly. LONDON POSTCARD/ DARK...
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Posted by greg at 9:32 AM

January 20, 2004

2004-01-26, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-01-26 Posted 2004-01-19 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ TAXING/ John Cassidy on Paul O?Neill?s deficit message. HAUNTS/ ECTOPLASM!/ Ben McGrath on a ghost, perhaps, at the Maritime Hotel. HEY, PAL DEPT./ OLD HACK/ David Owen hails...
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Posted by greg at 8:20 AM

January 12, 2004

2004-01-19, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue of 2004-01-19 Posted 2004-01-12 The Talk of The Town THE SPORTING LIFE/ HOMECOMING/ Ben McGrath watches Stephon Marburyís Madison Square Garden dÈbut in Coney Island. LOST AND FOUND/ ONE GLOVE/ Nick Paumgarten meets a lady who hunts for...
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Posted by greg at 1:54 AM

January 5, 2004

2004-01-12, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue: 2004-01-12 Posted: 2004-01-05 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/BEST OF THE "BEST"/ Louis Menand on the art of the Top Ten. COLLECTORS/ SQUISHED/ Ben McGrath on the dangers of hoarding. [no, you didn't read this story yet. You...
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Posted by greg at 9:54 AM

December 15, 2003

2003-12-22 & 29, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue: 2003-12-22 and 29 Posted: 2003-12-15 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ WINNING AND LOSING/ Philip Gourevitch on how Iraq resembles Algeria. PERILS/ SURVIVOR: HOLIDAY EDITION/ Nick Paumgarten prepares for the worst. THE BENCH/ SILLY OLD BEAR V. MOUSE/...
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Posted by greg at 3:26 AM

December 8, 2003

2003-12-15, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue: 2003-12-15 Posted: 2003-12-08 The Talk of The Town COMMENT/ HAPPY DAYS/ John Cassidy on whether the boom is for real. SEASON'S GREETING/ BRUSH WITH POWER/ Ben McGrath on the artist behind this yearís White House Christmas card. THE...
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Posted by greg at 8:51 AM

December 1, 2003

2003-12-08, This Week in The New Yorker

Issue: 2003-12-08 Talk of The Town COMMENT/ DEMOCRACY HYPOCRISY/ Nicholas Lemann on what Bushís love of liberty will deliver. INK/LORD BLACK/ John Cassidy on the F.D.R. biographer and alleged scoundrel Conrad Black. DEPT. OF SOUND/NO. 9/Seth Mnookin talks to...
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Posted by greg at 12:20 PM

November 24, 2003

This Week in The New Yorker, a new service of greg.org

The New Yorker used to not be able to be bothered to publish letters to the editor. For a time, Spy graciously stepped into the breach, printing and answering reader comments for them. Times and editors change, and now...
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Posted by greg at 12:27 PM

October 27, 2003

2003-10-27, Talk of The Town

TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ RUSH IN REHAB/ Hendrik Hertzberg on pill-popper Rush Limbaugh's hypocrisy. S.I. DISPATCH/ THE WRECK/ Ben McGrath on the reaction to the Staten Island Ferry disaster. DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY/ NOT LOST IN TRANSLATION/ Boris Fishman witnesses a...
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Posted by greg at 7:29 AM

October 20, 2003

2003-10-20, Talk of the Town, Some Critics

TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ MOVIE STRUCK/ Roger Angell on a life of afternoon cinema. IN THE WINGS/ POLL STARS/Anthony Lane on the screen-to-stump phenomenon. PLAY BALL/ BLEACHER CREATURES/ Ben McGrath on how the crowd goes wild. ON THE AIR/...
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Posted by greg at 7:34 AM

October 14, 2003

2003-10-13, Talk of The Town

THE TALK OF THE TOWN COMMENT/ SOLO ACT/ Elizabeth Kolbert on the Presidentís lonely ride. DEPT. OF SPIN/ PACE YOURSELF/ Ben McGrath at last weekís Democratic debate. SHOWTIME/ LAWYER WALKS INTO A BAR/ Ben McGrath at a talent show for...
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Posted by greg at 9:21 AM

October 13, 2003

2003-10-13, Talk of the Town

TALK OF THE TOWN THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL/ THE "D" WORD/ Jane Mayer on the long shadow of Michael Dukakis. THE HUMAN CONDITION/ AGELESS, GUILTLESS/ Adam Green visits the psychotherapist Albert Ellisís ninetieth birthday party. MAIN EVENT/ AND IN THIS CORNER/...
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Posted by greg at 7:40 AM

September 10, 2003

New Yorker on the WTC memorial and rebuilding

I'm a Paul Goldberger fan, and mad praise for his dogged reporting, following Daniel Libeskind around the country, but I'm not getting anything new from the profile in this week's New Yorker. When I schmoozed him last spring, Goldberger talked...
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Posted by greg at 4:10 AM

August 16, 2003

On the Under-heralded Designer of The WTC Memorial Site

Part Two of a Washington Post series on the rebuilding of the WTC features George Tamaro, one of the original engineers of the slurry wall which is the centerpiece of Libeskind's memorial site design. The more I think about it,...
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Posted by greg at 7:46 AM

July 8, 2003

On the artist in Taos

Untitled #7, 1999, Agnes Martin image: zwirnerandwirth.com Lillian Ross makes nice as she hangs out with Agnes Martin, master of minimalistic painting, in Taos. It sounds simple, but don't bother trying this at home: "You paint vertically, but the...
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Posted by greg at 12:52 PM

May 30, 2003

Bloghdad.com/Anthony_Lane_Fanclub

Maybe it was the way Rory flaunted his expense account by overpaying for pizza. Maybe it was the promise of more back issues of the New Yorker, (Anthony Lane's X2 review gets a specific mention. Whose yer publicist, Tony? Day-amn!)...
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Posted by greg at 12:12 PM

May 20, 2003

Something about this iLoo thing still stinks

iTunes, iPod, iMovie, iCal, iLife, I know what company all these brands come from. And I know what company immediately came to mind when I heard Microsoft was calling their "so stupid it must be a mistake, a hoax, or...
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Posted by greg at 12:11 PM

April 28, 2003

Adam Gopnik's Metropolitan Diary

Dear Diary: To be filed under "T for That's New Yorkers for ya": Setting: The M4 Limited. Dramatis Personae: the commuting population of Manhattan, and a male writer of a certain age, wearing an insouciantly knotted ascot, who appears to...
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Posted by greg at 3:18 AM

March 31, 2003

Bloghdad.com/MidEast/Takeover/Beta-Test

In Washington Monthly, Joshua Micah Marshall (his stellar weblog: Talking Points Memo) has a sobering look at the neocon view of Baghdad-as-beta for "rolling the table," i.e., regime changing the entire Middle East. Slate's Kaus realizes that this explains Rumsfeld's...
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Posted by greg at 11:05 AM

March 17, 2003

2003-03-17, This Week In The New Yorker

ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY/Seymour M. Hersh/ LUNCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN/ Why was Richard Perle meeting with Adnan Khashoggi? [just found this on Google, and thought I'd add it to the NYMDb. Normally, I set the post date so the links...
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Posted by greg at 9:18 AM

March 10, 2003

...And I Feel Fine (Except For This Gnawing Sense Of Dread)

Yes, I was glad to see you, and that was a Bible in my pocket. As I tee up to write what appears below, I just realized my schedule yesterday (aka the Sabbath)--church in the morning to the Armory Show...
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Posted by greg at 12:29 PM

February 24, 2003

The New Yorker On Making Movies, On Remembering War

Tad Friend attends the hilariously useless Jean Doumanian seminar on "How to Get Your Play or Movie Produced." Here, Doumanian ("You may know me from such films as "Woody Allen sued me and my bankrolling boyfriend.") advises an attendee on...
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Posted by greg at 11:04 AM

February 5, 2003

On WTC Site Designs

What I hope doesn't carry through from the plans the LMDC selected from Daniel Libeskind and THINK Team: Needlessly symbolic height (1,776 feet) Why not two 911' high towers? Duh, because. Single high-profile elements that completely draw attention away from...
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Posted by greg at 1:41 AM

January 27, 2003

Can't Wait To See It

Anthony Lane on Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary, Lost in La Mancha: "For anyone who suffers from the wish to make movies, or who fears that this terrible condition may strike at any time, here is the cure."...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 AM

December 18, 2002

WTC Site Designs Revealed While Director Poaches Memorial-Friendly Media

If the 3+ hour multimedia press conference for around 25 brand name architects to present their proposals for the World Trade Center site were Saks, I was the chick selling hand-beaded mittens from a card table on the sidewalk....
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Posted by greg at 7:50 AM

December 13, 2002

About Schmidt: The Thinking Person's "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding"

Nobody's Perfect, indeed. If Anthony Lane can't get beyond Jack's celebrity, fine. He saw the movie at the NY Film Fest opening. His unabashed pinky-extended criticism almost always gives an enjoyable read. (Need some holiday cheer? Get his collected reviews,...
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Posted by greg at 3:27 AM

November 4, 2002

Some Quotes and Links

"Asbury's book is a tribute to the magical power of naming: long stretches of 'Gangs [of New York]' are taken up by lists of gangs and villains and even fire engines, and, like the lists of ships in the Iliad,...
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Posted by greg at 8:54 AM

October 8, 2002

Porn ('n Chicken) on the Internet? What'll they think of next?

James "Sweet Jimmy the Benevolent Pimp" Ponsoldt was a co-founder of Porn 'n Chicken, a Yale timekiller-cum-media spoof-cum-Comedy Central movie. (If that sentence doesn't get this weblog banned by your corporate firewall, it'll at least get you a reprimand at...
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Posted by greg at 4:16 AM

September 30, 2002

carry-on luggage, four weeks later

Nearly a month after an accidental click into a carry-on luggage article brought my surfing to a teary halt, it's okay to laugh again. In this week's New Yorker, Nick Paumgarten tells of of several successful attempts to carry Emmy...
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Posted by greg at 2:12 AM

August 6, 2002

On Scripted vs Ad-libbed or Improvised in re Full Frontal and the President of the United States

This weekend, after seeing Full Frontal, we discussed the dialogue at length. My (grew-up-on-the-stage) wife spotted a lot of weak improv, or weakly directed improv--actors left to figure it out for themselves and, more often than not, not pulling it...
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Posted by greg at 1:25 AM

August 1, 2002

On Full Frontal and the opening of Hollywood's kimono

The reviews of Full Frontal are coming in, and it's not sounding good. Here's a broad cross-section from the global media: New York Press ("Even a bad Steven Soderbergh movie is worth seeing, and Full Frontal is worth seeing.");...
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Posted by greg at 4:37 AM

July 23, 2002

Souvenir (November 2001), Bruegel, Houstonization, The WTC

Rewatching Souvenir (November 2001) a dozen+ times in the last 24 hours, I'd begun to wonder what it can actually contribute to the increasing volume of the WTC memorial/rebuilding debate. There was 4,000-participant offsite Saturday (with a 200-participant makeup session...
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Posted by greg at 11:23 AM

July 22, 2002

The Look of DV: Tadpole vs. Full Frontal

"The advantage of [shooting on digital video] is that nobody knows, or at least cares, that you're making a movie; the disadvantage...is that the end product appears to have been filmed through a triple layer of bubble wrap." - from...
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Posted by greg at 4:22 AM

July 10, 2002

Gabriel Orozco at Documenta 11

Contrary to one writer's opinion, Gabriel Orozco is a Mexican who can make pottery. After seeing Peter Schjeldahl's misguided critique of Orozco's work at Documenta 11 cited on ArtKrush to support an even broad(er)side on the state of contemporary art,...
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Posted by greg at 1:43 AM

July 6, 2002

On Maya Lin's ninja-like approach to the WTC Memorial

There's an interesting article by Louis Menand in this week's New Yorker about Maya Lin called "The Reluctant Memorialist." He talks about her early rejection of any WTC Memorial-related requests and about her recent informal advisory work for the decisionmakers...
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Posted by greg at 8:00 AM

June 24, 2002

Peter Schjeldahl reviews Documenta 11

Peter Schjeldahl reviews Documenta 11 in this week's New Yorker. He snidely and wearily compliments the show for its "robust, mature...festivalism," which I take to mean they figured out how to show video-based works. But he at least notices two...
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Posted by greg at 11:56 AM

April 15, 2002

2002-04-22 & 29, THE TALK OF THE TOWN

Issue of 2002-04-22 and 2002-04-29 Posted 2002-04-15 COMMENT/ TWO STATES/ Nicholas Lemann looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lens of post (US)-Civil War reconstruction. STRING SECTION/ SLAVA AT SEVENTY-FIVE/ Charles Michener basks in the effusive presence of Maestro Mstislav...
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Posted by greg at 10:00 AM

February 13, 2002

Found this on Slate: An

Found this on Slate: An interesting proposal for a World Trade Center memorial by Fred Bernstein, an architecture writer (for the NYTimes, among others, it seems). Basically, it's twin tower-sized piers with the names of those killed placed on the...
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Posted by greg at 5:52 AM

September 23, 2001

2001-10-01, This Week In The New Yorker

ANNALS OF AVIATION/ Malcolm Gladwell/ SAFETY IN THE SKIES/ How far can airline security go? LETTER FROM WASHINGTON/ Nicholas Lemann/ THE OPTIONS/ After the morning of September 11th, the Presidency changed, too. DEPT. OF NATIONAL SECURITY/ Joe Klein/ CLOSEWORK/ Why...
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Posted by greg at 10:11 AM