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July 9, 2017

The New Yorker 03 July 2017

by N@ncy

Read:  09.07.2017 –  Yes  I did it! Read The New York the same week it arrived!


  1. This week’s cover is by Kadir Nelson.
  2. I think this video clip (5 min) will give you and idea
  3. who the man is behind some of the greatest paintings by an African-American.


Fiction:  Italo Calvino short story “ The Adventure of the Skier

  1. Calvino at the time of his death in 1985  was the most translated contemporary Italian writer.
  2. The collection ‘Difficult Loves’ was first translated in 1985 but
  3. 4 short stories were missing from the original book (1970).
  4. This short story is one of them.
  5. It is published  in this issue of the New Yorker here for the first time in English.


  1. Amit Majmudar: The Beard
  2. Chana Bloch: Dying for Dummies
  3. I will read and review  short story and poems later.
  4. Truth be told…after reading the complete issue I’m
  5. to exhausted to concentrate on  literature (story, poems).


Emily Nussbaum: Television critic – Pulitzer Prize winning critic

  1. Emily Nussbaum (Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic)
  2. Her review of the new series ‘GLOW” and “CLAWS” is fantastic.
  3. She is the best writer in this issue.…no one comes close to her
  4. literary pyrotechnics !


Masha GessenLetter From Moscow Russian/American journalist, author

  1. This is a shocking story about people from Chechnya
  2. who survived detention and torture (gays).
  3. They are now living undercover in Putin’s Russia.
  4. Chechnya is a state within a state, run by Kadyrov,
  5. He is supported by Vladimir Putin.
  6. Kadyrov’s Chechnya is a more extreme version of Russia.


James LasdunAppointment with Death –  British writer, teaches creative writing in NY

  1. Adultery, false identities, and a lethal sedation….
  2. This is a  recap of  a baroque courtroom drama
  3. that unfolded in upstate New York.
  4. The Kingston dentist who was acquitted last year of
  5. …killing his lover’s husband was sentenced on January 31 2017  to a
  6. maximum of seven years in state prison for numerous unrelated charges
  7. Lasdun explains to us the murder…and unrelated charges!
  8. This was an excellent…and very amusing article!
  9. Lasdun writes beautifully, but others have found his books lacking
  10. the qualities readers value most: ability to sustain their interest
  11. for anything longer than a long short story.
  12. Well, at least this short story kept me reading!


Jeffrey ToobinFeeding the Beast – American lawyer, legal analyst The New Yorker.

  1. I just loved this article.
  2. David J. Pecker is the Chairman and CEO of American Media (publisher).
  3. Pecker has been alleged as serving as a sycophant to Donald J. Trump.
  4. Pecker is eager to use his media empire to help his friends,
  5. especially Trump, and unabashedly boasts about doing so.
  6. Pecker’s magazines have no subscribers and is dependant on
  7. ‘impluse’ buyers (325.000 per week)  at the check-out counter.
  8. His most famous tabloid in the National Enquirer.
  9. What sells?
  10. Younger generation looks for:
  11. – Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Aniston, Brad and Angelina. (J-Lo does not sell.)
  12. Older generation looks for:
  13. – Dolly Parton and the Kennedys
  14. Headlines that sell:
  15. …“sad last days” –  “six months to live” – What she’s hiding!” – “Packs on 40 pounds!”
  16. Subjects that sell:  revelations about plastic surgery and a criminal past.


Amy Davidson – Health Care Bill – staff writer 

  1. I try to understand the health care system in America…but fail miserably.
  2. In The Netherlands…Dutch residents are automatically insured by the government.
  3. Everyone has to take out their own basic healthcare insurance.
  4. Those under 18 who are automatically covered under their parents’ premium.
  5. Period.
  6. In America the health care rules  just keeps changing.
  7. Amy Davidson wrote  an article  in this issue
  8. …that I can finally understand. (new health care bills in progress)
  9. The House and the Senate bills both allow the
  10. states to waive the essential-benefit requirements.
  11. In America, the category of the vulnerable is a broad one.
  12. Many  people led middle-class or even affluent lives,
  13. until their savings were consumed by the cost of residential care,
  14. which is not covered by Medicare.
  15. Nearly two-thirds of nursing-home patients are on Medicaid.
  16. This is just the introduction….
  17. …we shall wait and see how the government votes!


Alex Ross: –  Departures….. He is  staff writer for The New Yorker, music critic

  1. Ross recaps the opera season at The Met in New York City.
  2. Sadly I read that one of my favorite singers, Renée Fleming, may soon retire.
  3. I was able to see her once in Londen, what a voice!
  4. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly
  5. ….skin shivers when she hits the high notes!

Opera goers have changed:

  1. Very few voice geeks who could identify transpositions, cuts, and optional high notes.
  2. Rising ticket prices have made habitual attendance harder.
  3. You hear less informed buzz around you.
  4. You see more people sneaking looks at their phones.


Opera The Met (NYC) facts:

  1. Attendance at the Met has been generally poor of late
  2. The Met now brings in only 67% of its potential box-office revenue.  (1990′  was it 90%)
  3. The capacity of The Met 4000 meaning that
  4. to fill the house the Met must sell around  900.000 tickets each season.
  5. The Met is trapped in its behemoth house (Lincoln Center, NYC)
  6. …a relic of a culturally ambitious America that no longer exists.



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