The New Yorker 03 July 2017
Read: 09.07.2017 – Yes I did it! Read The New York the same week it arrived!
- This week’s cover is by Kadir Nelson.
- I think this video clip (5 min) will give you and idea
- who the man is behind some of the greatest paintings by an African-American.
Fiction: Italo Calvino short story “ The Adventure of the Skier”
- Calvino at the time of his death in 1985 was the most translated contemporary Italian writer.
- The collection ‘Difficult Loves’ was first translated in 1985 but
- 4 short stories were missing from the original book (1970).
- This short story is one of them.
- It is published in this issue of the New Yorker here for the first time in English.
- Amit Majmudar: The Beard
- Chana Bloch: Dying for Dummies
- I will read and review short story and poems later.
- Truth be told…after reading the complete issue I’m
- to exhausted to concentrate on literature (story, poems).
Emily Nussbaum: Television critic – Pulitzer Prize winning critic
- Emily Nussbaum (Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic)
- Her review of the new series ‘GLOW” and “CLAWS” is fantastic.
- She is the best writer in this issue.…no one comes close to her
- literary pyrotechnics !
Masha Gessen: Letter From Moscow – Russian/American journalist, author
- This is a shocking story about people from Chechnya
- who survived detention and torture (gays).
- They are now living undercover in Putin’s Russia.
- Chechnya is a state within a state, run by Kadyrov,
- He is supported by Vladimir Putin.
- Kadyrov’s Chechnya is a more extreme version of Russia.
James Lasdun: Appointment with Death – British writer, teaches creative writing in NY
- Adultery, false identities, and a lethal sedation….
- This is a recap of a baroque courtroom drama
- that unfolded in upstate New York.
- The Kingston dentist who was acquitted last year of
- …killing his lover’s husband was sentenced on January 31 2017 to a
- maximum of seven years in state prison for numerous unrelated charges
- Lasdun explains to us the murder…and unrelated charges!
- This was an excellent…and very amusing article!
- Lasdun writes beautifully, but others have found his books lacking
- the qualities readers value most: ability to sustain their interest
- for anything longer than a long short story.
- Well, at least this short story kept me reading!
Jeffrey Toobin: Feeding the Beast – American lawyer, legal analyst The New Yorker.
- I just loved this article.
- Pecker is eager to use his media empire to help his friends,
- especially Trump, and unabashedly boasts about doing so.
- Pecker’s magazines have no subscribers and is dependant on
- ‘impluse’ buyers (325.000 per week) at the check-out counter.
- His most famous tabloid in the National Enquirer.
- What sells?
- Younger generation looks for:
- – Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Aniston, Brad and Angelina. (J-Lo does not sell.)
- Older generation looks for:
- – Dolly Parton and the Kennedys
- Headlines that sell:
- …“sad last days” – “six months to live” – “What she’s hiding!” – “Packs on 40 pounds!”
- Subjects that sell: revelations about plastic surgery and a criminal past.
Amy Davidson – Health Care Bill – staff writer
- I try to understand the health care system in America…but fail miserably.
- In The Netherlands…Dutch residents are automatically insured by the government.
- Everyone has to take out their own basic healthcare insurance.
- Those under 18 who are automatically covered under their parents’ premium.
- In America the health care rules just keeps changing.
- Amy Davidson wrote an article in this issue
- …that I can finally understand. (new health care bills in progress)
- The House and the Senate bills both allow the
- states to waive the essential-benefit requirements.
- In America, the category of the vulnerable is a broad one.
- Many people led middle-class or even affluent lives,
- until their savings were consumed by the cost of residential care,
- which is not covered by Medicare.
- Nearly two-thirds of nursing-home patients are on Medicaid.
- This is just the introduction….
- …we shall wait and see how the government votes!
Alex Ross: – Departures….. He is staff writer for The New Yorker, music critic
- Ross recaps the opera season at The Met in New York City.
- Sadly I read that one of my favorite singers, Renée Fleming, may soon retire.
- I was able to see her once in Londen, what a voice!
- Puccini’s Madame Butterfly
- ….skin shivers when she hits the high notes!
Opera goers have changed:
- Very few voice geeks who could identify transpositions, cuts, and optional high notes.
- Rising ticket prices have made habitual attendance harder.
- You hear less informed buzz around you.
- You see more people sneaking looks at their phones.
Opera The Met (NYC) facts:
- Attendance at the Met has been generally poor of late
- The Met now brings in only 67% of its potential box-office revenue. (1990′ was it 90%)
- The capacity of The Met 4000 meaning that
- to fill the house the Met must sell around 900.000 tickets each season.
- The Met is trapped in its behemoth house (Lincoln Center, NYC)
- …a relic of a culturally ambitious America that no longer exists.