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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 (thirteen years ago) link

The review of the new Mao biographies.

Denby's Joan Crawford essay.

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

just sayin, Friday, 31 December 2010 20:27 (thirteen years ago) link

this is why i don't have a subscription

ullr saves (gbx), Friday, 31 December 2010 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

AYYYY WE MAKING INTERNET MONEY

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

alright enough

J0rdan S., Friday, 31 December 2010 21:15 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

gr8080, Friday, 31 December 2010 21:49 (thirteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

links would be nice too

Ismael Klata, Friday, 31 December 2010 21:58 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

only abstracts are online for nonsubscribers for those i think

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 December 2010 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Mordy, Friday, 31 December 2010 22:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Joyce Carol Oates article devastated me.

John Lurie article blew my mind.

dan selzer, Friday, 31 December 2010 23:09 (thirteen years ago) link

dessert article was excellent, thanks for the recc

Mordy, Saturday, 1 January 2011 04:14 (thirteen years ago) link

so john lurie is insane huh

mookieproof, Saturday, 1 January 2011 04:16 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

^ totally recommend that

markers, Monday, 3 January 2011 17:15 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i read that one the other day, great stuff

ciderpress, Monday, 3 January 2011 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link

it was interesting, lol scientists

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

The Patel story was amazing.

dan selzer, Monday, 3 January 2011 21:28 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah needs a good 3rd act tho.

gr8080, Monday, 3 January 2011 21:34 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Lamp, thanks for the Gawande link.

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

^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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Among Borowitz’s final pieces for the New Yorker are “George Santos to Spend More Time with Imaginary Family,” “Ivanka Unable to Remember Name of Her Father” and “Clarence Thomas Collapses from Exhaustion After First Full Day of Regulating Himself.”

Oof

jaymc, Wednesday, 6 December 2023 18:03 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

i'm enjoying https://buttondown.email/lastweeksnewyorker/archive/

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 27 January 2024 21:52 (four weeks ago) link

Me too. I had a comment published a couple of weeks ago, setting Sam straight on the difference between "passion fruit" (noun) and "passion-fruit" adjective.

Often the newsletter shows up in my inbox before I've even gotten the magazine in the mail, which at first bothered me, but now I kind of like that it functions as a preview of what I have to look forward to.

jaymc, Saturday, 27 January 2024 22:47 (four weeks ago) link

Me too. I had a comment published a couple of weeks ago, setting Sam straight on the difference between "passion fruit" (noun) and "passion-fruit" adjective.

Often the newsletter shows up in my inbox before I've even gotten the magazine in the mail, which at first bothered me, but now I kind of like that it functions as a preview of what I have to look forward to.

jaymc, Saturday, 27 January 2024 22:47 (four weeks ago) link

(oops sorry for double post)

jaymc, Saturday, 27 January 2024 22:48 (four weeks ago) link

I don’t get the physical mag until thursday most weeks. but obv it’s on the website on mondays

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Saturday, 27 January 2024 22:50 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, I just always prefer to read it in print

jaymc, Saturday, 27 January 2024 22:52 (four weeks ago) link

same. when do you get it? I live in boston so I’ve always thought thursday was a little annoying, it’s not like I’m in the middle of nowhere

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Saturday, 27 January 2024 22:54 (four weeks ago) link

These days I don't check the mailbox every day, so I'm not totally sure, but Thursday or Friday has been more or less standard for the 20+ years I've subscribed. I'm in Chicago.

jaymc, Saturday, 27 January 2024 23:11 (four weeks ago) link

The D.T. Max piece on the woman who lived in a cave for 500 days is exactly what I want out of the New Yorker.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Saturday, 27 January 2024 23:38 (four weeks ago) link

I have subscribed to the print magazine (or been in a household that did so) for 50-mumble years. I don't keep strict track, but its arrival dates seem pretty close to random.

Washington Post Malone (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 27 January 2024 23:53 (four weeks ago) link

i’ve been getting it in the boston area for 10+ years and it’s basically always been thursday.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 27 January 2024 23:57 (four weeks ago) link

Boston is reasonably close to New York (in national and global terms).

Missouri and Virginia, not so much. I don't mind, as I also have the online access.

Washington Post Malone (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 28 January 2024 00:10 (four weeks ago) link

wild, we never got jt later than Tuesday growing up in Philly

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Sunday, 28 January 2024 01:38 (four weeks ago) link

The kindle version was axed in the fall. I have not re-uped for print (yet). In PA, NC, TX, DC, it always hit the mailbox on Monday.

In the meantime, I am reading more books, with less NYer to compete for reading time.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 28 January 2024 06:05 (four weeks ago) link

I miss it though. A constant in my life nee 1973.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 28 January 2024 06:07 (four weeks ago) link

The kindle version was axed in the fall. I have not re-uped for print (yet). In PA, NC, TX, DC, it always hit the mailbox on Monday.

^^^monday the week of, or a week later?

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Sunday, 28 January 2024 22:02 (four weeks ago) link

I do need to cut back on my magazine subscriptions because I’ve found it’s too easy to justify not reading as many books when you have so many mags to catch up with

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Sunday, 28 January 2024 22:02 (four weeks ago) link

that’s why i don’t subscribe to any, tbh!

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Sunday, 28 January 2024 23:47 (four weeks ago) link

So Anthony Lane is kind of being put out to pasture and they're bringing in Justin Chang as a film critic. Probably a good thing? I mostly know Chang from hearing him on NPR, I don't read the L.A. Times, but he seems like he might have more interesting thoughts about movies than Lane.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 15:50 (three weeks ago) link

About time. Refreshing in the early/mid 1990s, never changed the shtick.

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 15:52 (three weeks ago) link

and enlightened in working with Anthony Lane for many years; he modestly wraps his vast erudition and intellectual ardor in singularly graceful prose; to know him is to be amazed by him, and I'm delighted that we'll still be working together, even if differently.

— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) January 30, 2024

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 16:22 (three weeks ago) link

I've always found it kind of unfair that Brody never gets published in the magazine apart from capsule reviews in Goings On About Town (which now means essentially never).

jaymc, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 16:24 (three weeks ago) link

Anthony Lane is extremely bad and hated by me, what a pseud

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:09 (three weeks ago) link

on the other end of the spectrum I read Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light last year and my god what an incredible body of work Peter Schjeldahl had. Incredible writing.

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:10 (three weeks ago) link

^^^^
I’m slowly devouring this book

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:12 (three weeks ago) link

Richard Brody gets on my nerves most of the time, but it seems like he should get to handle the back of the book movie reviews at least some of the time

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:13 (three weeks ago) link

at least he's a crazy person not just a horny old bore

G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:14 (three weeks ago) link

silly otm

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:18 (three weeks ago) link

About Peter Schjeldahl

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:18 (three weeks ago) link

Seems like Lane is going the John Lahr/Emily Nussbaum route, where they're still on staff but publish like one feature a year.

jaymc, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 19:27 (three weeks ago) link

Brody's a lunatic but remains one of my favorite critics to read, he's never boring at least. I didnt realize he was hardly ever in the print mag, that is indeed weird

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 20:37 (three weeks ago) link

he’s amazing, he brings a genuine open-mindedness and sensitivity to his viewings, and an authentic iconoclasm without ever slipping into buffoonery; when I agree with him it’s like he can speak the deepest truths, and when I disagree with him I want to throw my phone across the room

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 22:48 (three weeks ago) link

Some friends of mine, I noticed almost every time they got burned watching some movie they didn't like, it's almost always based on a Brody rave, lol. The Rosenbaum is strong in that guy.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 22:52 (three weeks ago) link

I remember being so mad at his TÁR review lol like you fuckin dipshit did you even watch the movie, dad?

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 22:55 (three weeks ago) link

chang’s good tho I’m glad he’ll be in the mag now because I haven’t wanted to pay for the LA times

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:00 (three weeks ago) link

Favorite movie: Knight of Cups
Favorite performance: Amsterdam https://t.co/rJi62t0SHv

— Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow) January 30, 2024

favorite christian bale movie: knight of cups. sure. I’m a late-malick stan and I mean come on

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:03 (three weeks ago) link

this Brody review is quite something:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/amsterdam-is-an-exemplary-work-of-resistance-cinema

symsymsym, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:44 (three weeks ago) link

k3vin otm

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:49 (three weeks ago) link

my eyes rolled out of the back of my head at the tweet "Velvet Goldmine évidemment" but it's actually just a french guy lol

budo jeru, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:52 (three weeks ago) link

I remember being so mad at his TÁR review lol like you fuckin dipshit did you even watch the movie, dad?

lol yeah that one was a true embarrassment. his furious takedown of Anatomy of a Fall hit many of the same notes, just putting a heroic amount of effort into completely missing some v basic points

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 15:16 (three weeks ago) link

The D.T. Max piece on the woman who lived in a cave for 500 days is exactly what I want out of the New Yorker.

― Jordan s/t (Jordan), Saturday, January 27, 2024 5:38 PM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

The one about the London kid who pretended to be the son of a Russian oligarch and got mixed up with actual shady children of criminals and (and their dangerous underworld associates) is also exactly what I want out of the New Yorker.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Monday, 12 February 2024 20:05 (one week ago) link

yes that one was great. i referenced it offhandedly in therapy today (because i too am impersonating a russian oligarch) and my therapist had read the same article and knew what i was referencing

the two patrick radden reefe books i've read (empire of pain and say nothing) were both excellent

na (NA), Monday, 12 February 2024 21:03 (one week ago) link

there was also a patrick radden keefe piece a few issues back about screenwriting that was excellent, which he was apparently reporting/writing at the same time as this article about the british kid. he's a really good journalist

slob wizard (J0rdan S.), Monday, 12 February 2024 21:18 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah that one was great, I sent it to a few of my writer friends.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Monday, 12 February 2024 21:24 (one week ago) link

Yeah, just finished that Keefe article last night, that was terrific.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 12 February 2024 21:25 (one week ago) link

the london underworld story was great, yeah

truly humbled underdog (k3vin k.), Monday, 12 February 2024 22:52 (one week ago) link

Never been able to get past the fact that Anthony Lane is married to fascist nutcase Allison Pearson.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 12 February 2024 23:30 (one week ago) link

Anthony Lane is extremely bad and hated by me, what a pseud

― G. D’Arcy Cheesewright (silby), Tuesday, January 30, 2024 1:09 PM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

^^

budo jeru, Tuesday, 13 February 2024 17:47 (one week ago) link

The Reefe story I remember most is that profile of José Andrés.

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 February 2024 18:41 (one week ago) link


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