- I have never really listened to hip hop…
- …but a lot of people do!
- Hip–hop is the most listened to genre in the world
- …regardless of geography or language
- One of the most important hip hop magazines
- XXL picks the ten rising stars 2017.
- Carrie Battan, music critic for The New Yorker
- wrote an article describing the XXL Magazine’s
- herculean task to get all ten of these diva’s
- in a group foto before noon. (foto)
- Battan’s report in the June 26 2017 issue
- ..of The New Yorker was hysterical!
- I took the time to just listen to what young
- …people like when it comes to hip-hop.
- Here is my modest evaluation:
- Kendrick Lamar – Bah
- Future – GOOD…but back round music was better
- Chance the Rapper – Bah
- Ugly God – S0S0
- Oakland rapper Kamaiyah (only female) – GOOD…she made sense.
- Beanpole of a rapper named PnB Rock – GOOD…he made sense too.
- MadeinTYO (most sociable) – Bah, rap sounds like the needle is stuck on the record, repeats!
- Kap G, a lanky Atlanta rapper of Mexican descent – Bah..have no idea what he is saying!
- Florida rapper named XXXTentacion—XXX, for short – Bah
- d.j. Sonny Digital (most difficult one) – Bah, he is in a daze when he speaks.
- Aminé, an impish rapper from Portland – the BEST…I call it poetic rap, very good!
The clip is 1 min 11 sec….just to give you an impression:
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.
Read: 03.07.2017 – Yes I did it! Read The New York the same week it arrived!
Cover: Man buns have made it to the cover of The New Yorker.
- Peter de Sève is American artist who has worked in the
- He received the National Cartoonists Society Magazine Illustration Award for 2000.
- Brooklyn’s eccentricities are an endless font of inspiration.
- Peter de Sève‘s covers are often inspired by a person or place a few blocks from his home
- ….if not right outside his window
- William Trevor’s short story The Piano’s Teacher’s Pupil
- One of the elder statesmen of the Irish literary world.
- He is regarded as one of the greatest contemporary writers
- of short stories in the English language.
- I will review this short story in the coming weeks.
- The two poems in this issue deserve more ‘review time.
- I will read them later….and post my comments.
- “Now We Eat the Dark Vein” poem by James Seay
- “Walter” poem by Laurie Eustis
- The best writers in this issue were
- Emily Nussbaum (Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic) review of TV series ” I Love Dick”
- Carrie Battan (Music critic) Grammy winner Lorde, New Zealand Ella Yelich-O’Connor.
Jiayang Fan (staff writer)
- Gender inequality in China havs created a new industry
- China’s marriage crisis gives rise to a new job: the mistress dispeller!
- The three hundred employees of Weiqing Group calls itself first professional transnational love hospital!
- They are in the business to save a marriage at all costs
- …and they charge huge sums of money for this service!
- Potential client in-take interview costs 15.000 dollars!
Best illustrator Malika Favre for ‘Letter From Shanghai‘
Charles McGrath (Book review) Housman Country: Into the Heart of England (P. Parker)
Alfred Edward Housman (1859 – 1936) was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.
Housman found his true vocation in classical studies and treated his poems as secondary. (pendant and poet) He did not speak about his poetry in public until 1933. He argued that poetry should appeal to emotions rather than to the intellect.
A Shropshire Lad has never been out of print since it was published, in 1896. Somehow, these sixty-three short lyrics, celebrating youth, loss, and early death. What it feels like to be an emotional adolescent and what it means to be English.
- McGrath reveals part of Housman’s charm
- is the way he makes that sadness sound and feel so sweet:
Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills
What spires, what farms are those?
That is the land of lost content.
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.