The New Yorker 10 and 17 July 2017
COVER: Off the Leash Dogs are Mark Ulriksen’s favorite subject to draw!
Who is Mark Ulriksen?
- He is a San Francisco California based artist whose
- …work has appeared on the cover of The New Yorker 48 times since 1994.
- Ulriksen’s cover for the February 27, 2006 edition of The New Yorker
- …won the 2006 an award for Best News Magazine Cover.
- The cover is titled Watch Your Back Mountain.
- It was prompted by the hunting incident of Vice President Dick Cheney.
- The BEST WRITERS in this issue are:
- Hilton Als and book critic Jane Kramer.
- Hilton Als : Theater critic
- Jane Kramer: Book critic
- a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1964.
- Hilton Als reviews Marvin’s Room by S. McPherson and
- ‘1984’ by G. Orwell (adapted by R. Icke and D. Macmillan)
- Illustration for ‘Marvin’s Room’ is wonderful in The New Yorker.
- Unfortunately the image cannot be copied so here is the
- link for the illustrator’s web site Chris Gash.
- You can see his illustration there.
Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson:
- The play turns around the characters
- dealing literally with confrontations with death at the core of the plot.
- The stage performance is a single set and an intense evening.
- Hilton Als’ review is refreshingly ‘critical’ as
- ….opposed to the movie reviews of Anthony Lane. (I don’t read them anymore….)
- A well-reviewed TV show, movie or play encourages people to watch it.
- But a good production that appeals to the public
- …will generally rake it in at the box office despite evoking critical ire.
- So I hope critics keep doing their job…don’t be likeable…be honest.
- The play is being staged in the
- Roundabout Theatre Company, NYC (June 8 – August 27).
- This image is copied from the theater’s website.
- I discovered two yearly drama awards in this article: THE OUTER CRITIC’S CIRCLE …
- …and the DRAMA DESK AWARDS.
- If you are looking for a great play to read perhaps you will find
- …some suggestions from the lists of current and previous winners.
“1984” playing at The Hudson Theatre Broadway, NYC
- Following four wildly successful U.K. runs, the new stage
- adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece comes to New York.
- R. Icke and D. Macmillan’s weakness in the adaptation of Orwell’s classic 1949 novel
- …and their thoughts how to dramatize it
- …resulted in a play that is more than the audience can handle!
- This is a measure of our limitation as audience members….not of their talent.
BOOK: PRUSSIAN BLUE by Philip Kerr
Jane Kramer: Book critic – staff writer at The New Yorker since 1964.
- Prussian Blue, whose plot takes in high crime, sexual scandal, financial fraud,
- methamphetamines, and murder in Hitler’s Alpine dystopia
- during the week before the Führer’s fiftieth birthday.
- Philip Kerr‘s Bernie Gunther solves crimes for Nazi Germany.
- Why do we like him so much?
- Bernie is one of crime fiction’s most satisfying and unlikely survivors:
- the good cop in the belly of the Nazi beast.
- Since then, Kerr has kept Gunther one step ahead of the Gestapo
- —not to mention the Mafia, the
- South American diaspora of
- death-camp commandants, and the
- Stasi—and scrambling for his life in novels that
- …cover more than twenty years of mid-twentieth-century German history.
- Thrillers are thorny gifts for critics.
- With a great thriller, the important thing is to tell the story while
- never giving anything away,
- certainly not who did it and, in the case of a Gunther thriller
- ….densely populated and always dizzyingly complex!
- #MustRead !!