Michelin inspectors have been anonymous as CIA spooks. Until now
. And now
. The New Yorker has a rare interview with one.
posted by converge
on Nov 18, 2009 -
Such are the contradictions that seem to riddle not just Gladwell's thinking but the thinking on Gladwell's thinking, and perhaps even the thinking on thinking on that, and it is precisely these slippery but substantive contradictions that have allowed Gladwell to tout his revolutionary "big ideas" without couching them in anything so mundane as a logical, well-supported or otherwise sound argument. Gladwell for Dummies
posted by defenestration
on Nov 5, 2009 -
writes about basketball
, hybrid airships
, nuclear weapons
, bark canoes
, the Swiss Army
, the merchant marines
, dissident Soviet artists
, long-distance trucking
, and - Pulitzer Prize-winningly - geology (282kb PDF)
. He discusses his work here
. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Sep 30, 2009 -
Atticus Finch and the limits of Southern liberalism.
An essay in the latest The New Yorker
by Malcolm Gladwell. "Atticus Finch is faced with jurors who have one set of standards for white people like the Ewells and another set for black folk like Tom Robinson. His response is to adopt one set of standards for respectable whites like Boo Radley and another for white trash like Bob Ewell. A book that we thought instructed us about the world tells us, instead, about the limitations of Jim Crow liberalism in Maycomb, Alabama."
posted by billysumday
on Aug 10, 2009 -
Michael Savage unplugged
. Behind the scenes
. "This year, Savage is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of his radio career. On the air one day, he marked the occasion in typically perverse fashion: by thinking of all the listeners who stuck around, and all the ones who didn’t. “Some were fifteen, they’re now thirty,” he said. “Some were five, they’re now twenty. They grew up on me. Their fathers are dead; the guys who had it playing in the car are gone. They’re still here, they can’t believe it. I’m their voice of freedom. I’m the last hope. I’m the beacon. I’m the Statue of Liberty. I’m Michael Savage. I’ll be back."”
posted by Xurando
on Jul 30, 2009 -
The New York steak dinner, or beefsteak, is a form of gluttony as stylized and regional as the riverbank fish fry, the hot-rock clambake, or the Texas barbecue. Some old chefs believe it had its origin sixty or seventy years ago, when butchers from the slaughterhouses on the East River would sneak choice loin cuts into the kitchens of nearby saloons, grill them over charcoal, and feast on them during their Saturday-night sprees.
- Joseph Mitchell, 1939. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jun 14, 2009 -
Writer Dan Baum is twittering the epic saga of being hired at the New Yorker, after 17 years of trying, and then let go.
It's an eye-opening and engaging tale for any writer. Baum, who wrote on a myriad of subjects, is perhaps best known for his post-Katrina New Orleans coverage
. Told (annoyingly, if innovatively) in 140-character spurts, his tale takes you into the New Yorker offices ("like being in a hospital room where somebody is dying,") reveals that writers at the august mag get $70k and no benefits, and outlines the cumbersome process of story pitches to mercurial editors. In a rare inside look at the biz, he links to the pitches that worked
, and those that didn't
, on his website
posted by CunningLinguist
on May 11, 2009 -
Breakfast at Sulimay's with Bill, Moon, Joe and Ann: 1
featuring reviews of The Thermals, Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, and Clipse. l
with The Knife, Deerhoof, and Paul Wall featuring 'lil Keke. l
with Asha, TI, Toby Mac.
with the Shins , !!!, and Common. l
with Bjork , Wilco , and Black Reble Motorcycle club. l
with Santogold, Portishead and Death Cab for Cutie!
more (v) yt
posted by vronsky
on Mar 12, 2009 -
New Yorker fiction 2008
. Annotated list of short fiction from the past year. "As perhaps the most high-profile venue for short fiction in the world, taking stock of the New Yorker's
year in fiction is a worthwhile exercise for writers and readers alike."
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 5, 2009 -
, in which a young, black, upstart politician rises through the Chicago political scene by having his opposition stricken from the ballot, turning against his endorser, and redistricting himself into a fundraising monster. [more inside]
posted by Weebot
on Jul 14, 2008 -
: The New Yorker's suprisingly interesting Annals of Medicine article which includes the story of a woman whose scalp itched so badly she scratched through it. And then through her skull.
posted by nevercalm
on Jun 24, 2008 -
Tourists black out reflective retinas in snapshots before printing them, and millions of people refer to strangers they’ve never spoken to as friends, because they’ve connected through a social-networking platform. [...] It should come as no surprise, then, that singers sometimes choose to correct recorded flaws in pitch with modern software, like Antares’s Auto-Tune.Sasha Frere-Jones on auto-tuning, in The New Yorker
. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jun 10, 2008 -
"The really disturbing thing about Lagos’s pickers and venders is that their lives have essentially nothing to do with ours. They scavenge an existence beyond the margins of macroeconomics. They are, in the harsh terms of globalization, superfluous."
, George Packer in Lagos.
posted by afu
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Having served as a troop transport in WWII, a luxury liner, and a sea cadet training vessel, the Texas Clipper
will come to her final resting place tomorrow
as part of an artificial reef in the Texas Gulf. During preparations for sinking, a long lost mural (1 2 3 4
) by Saul Steinberg
, best known for his work at The New Yorker
, was rediscovered hidden behind wallpaper and paint and saved from a watery grave.
posted by Orb
on Nov 15, 2007 -
Margaret Talbot's wonderful profile of David Simon, the creator of "The Wire." Simon said, he and his colleagues had “ripped off the Greeks: Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides. Not funny boy—not Aristophanes. We’ve basically taken the idea of Greek tragedy and applied it to the modern city-state.” He went on, “What we were trying to do was take the notion of Greek tragedy, of fated and doomed people, and instead of these Olympian gods, indifferent, venal, selfish, hurling lightning bolts and hitting people in the ass for no reason—instead of those guys whipping it on Oedipus or Achilles, it’s the postmodern institutions . . . those are the indifferent gods.”
posted by geoff.
on Oct 15, 2007 -