The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted an odd, rambling interview with Donna Brazile by Isaac Chotiner. I sense the odd, rambling stuff isn’t Mr. Chotiner’s fault. When you agree to go to work for Fox News, it’s hard to deny you’ve sold out to the devil.  Ms. Brazile attempted to deny it, but it didn’t go too well. Continue reading The Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Read on The New Yorker’s Site

Attica, 1971

I don’t know how many of you are old enough to remember the riot at Attica Prison in New York State. Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker has reviewed two books (one new, the other published five years ago) on the topic, and offers perspective on an issue which stirs up each person’s emotions differently.  Please consider reading this fairly long piece, and try to keep an open mind. Continue reading Attica, 1971

Cloak And Dagger Campaigning

In case you haven’t opened the May 30, 2016 issue of The New Yorker yet, please look for an excellent article by Jane Mayer titled Sting Of Myself. We’ve read about political traps and propaganda, overseen by groups that don’t have to disclose what they’re up to.  Ms. Mayer’s article (about four and a half print pages long) describes how these dirty tricks work, and how some of them don’t work.  When a scheme doesn’t work, it can resemble someone slipping on a banana peel. The article is available online, with no pay wall.  Here’s the link: Continue reading Cloak And Dagger Campaigning

Struggling To Find Substance In A Vacuum

The New Yorker is often mistaken as a high brow magazine.  It is not. It’s middle brow, and occasionally mediocre.  It was that way before being modernized by Tina Brown in the early 1990s, and even more so now.  It’s worth the yearly subscription fee, though.  You can look through each issue and use your own judgment when deciding what to read.  Some of the articles are thought-provoking, some not. The May 9, 2016 issue of The New Yorker features an article about Melania Trump, written by Lauren Collins.  First, it should be acknowledged that Ms. Collins made an effort to stay … Continue reading Struggling To Find Substance In A Vacuum

David Remnick’s Comment On Donald Trump Shouldn’t Be Missed

This morning I finally got started reading last week’s issue of The New Yorker. If you’re only one week behind on your reading, count your blessings. I have unread copies of The New Yorker, The New York Review Of Books and The Progressive which go back months — or years.  You don’t even want to know about the books, most of which are stored in boxes and an e-reader. Note: The home organizer mentality is not completely absent.  Instead of a regular bed, a futon is positioned on top of several large boxes of books.  This isn’t recommended for everyone, but it’s an idea. … Continue reading David Remnick’s Comment On Donald Trump Shouldn’t Be Missed