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!
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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 -
A Tranquil Star
...for a discussion of stars our language is inadequate and seems laughable, as if someone were trying to plow with a feather. (via
posted by grateful
on Feb 6, 2007 -
While the standard King James Bible remains huge business for publishers, in recent years a number of alternative formats have sprung up, hoping to capture the niche Christian dollar, or more charitably, to spread the good word to an audience that wouldn't find the tradtional bible all that relevant. Daniel Radosh's piece
in the New Yorker examines the alterna-Bible publishing phenomenon, along with a great slideshow of several in-market concepts
posted by jonson
on Dec 13, 2006 -
- Malcolm Gladwell talks at the recent New Yorker Festival about success-predicting software for the music and film industries.
posted by forallmankind
on Oct 19, 2006 -
Then, as he escorted me to the elevator, he said, “New Yorker? How many people see that shits
He reflected a moment. “Damn. Who needs Hot 97? I got New Yorker and MySpace.”
posted by jne1813
on Jul 10, 2006 -
"The mind-set that invites a couple to use contraception is an anti-child mind-set," she told me. "So when a baby is conceived accidentally, the couple already have this negative attitude toward the child. Therefore seeking an abortion is a natural outcome. We
oppose all forms of contraception.
" Don't even mention the mind-set behind a vaccine for HPV
posted by missbossy
on May 9, 2006 -
Will Malcolm Gladwell's blog
be as good as his New Yorker
articles and books? Will it be better? I'm always fascinated when "big name" people start blogging. Will he be interesting and personal, dry and professional, or will the blog crash and burn?
posted by cmaxmagee
on Feb 23, 2006 -
As part of its coverage of the hurricane
, the New Yorker has reposted on-line John McPhee's 1987 article on the Atchafalaya basin and the Army Corps of Engineer's long-running efforts to control the Mississippi. An excellent piece from one of our best writers.
posted by Kat Allison
on Sep 4, 2005 -