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james-buchanan's picture
Mar.09.2009
Two quotes: "Fiction is about what it is to be a fucking human being" and good writing should help readers "become less alone inside." I saw both of these quotes by David Foster Wallace in the March 9 edition of The New Yorker in a story by D.T. Max. They struck me for a number...
robert-sward's picture
Feb.12.2009
In her New Yorker article (Feb. 9, '09), Another Country, James Baldwin’s Flight from America, Claudia Roth Pierpont describes Baldwin’s 1961 arrival at a party in Istanbul. “Baldwin’s arrival at his Turkish friend’s door, in the midst of a party, was, as the friend recalled, a great surprise: two...
june-casagrande's picture
Nov.17.2008
I noticed recently some rather curious comma choices in the New Yorker. Specifically, its editors seem to prefer to set off with commas prepositional phrases of "in" + a year. They don't do it all the time, but they seem to do it a lot lately. Some examples: When he died, in 1984, he was...
june-casagrande's picture
Sep.12.2008
I'm fascinated with sentences. I'm also fascinated with the New Yorker. The latter not necessarily in a good way. And that's all the context I can offer to explain why today I'm asking you to compare some opening sentences from the Atlantic magazine to some from the New Yorker. Here are the first...
robert-sward's picture
Aug.07.2008
Medical Clinic Procedure is for "US BREAST UNILAT... lump or mass in breast. Clinical data:lump at 9 o'clock about 8 mm-1 cm size, cystic..." "...at 9 o'clock"? Can't help thinking of World War II movies, gunnery specialists, air force pilots and sailors locating the enemy's...
clinton-fein's picture
Jul.28.2008
Writer’s block. It sounds pathetic in this day and age. In a world where every Tom, Dick and Sally is frantically typing his or her every waking thought, the quaint notion of writer’s block in a social media environment seems like a poor excuse of sorts. We are in the midst of one of the most...
susan-browne's picture
May.31.2008
I just read a great essay in this week's New Yorker.  The title is "Awake" by Jenny Allen.  It's about sleeplessness, how Buddha, who was the "awakened one," must have learned all about it from middle-aged women.  Allen's essay inspired the following: I am a middle-aged woman,...
steven-ekstrom's picture
Apr.14.2008
Several months ago, I attempted to submit 6 poems to the New Yorker. March was allegedly the month that they would contact me IF they were interested in my work... ...I never heard back, sadly. So I figure, what the hell, let's share the six pieces I was planning on sharing with the literati-...
m-allen-cunningham's picture
Feb.21.2008
Louis Menand's discussion of "the biography business" in his August 6, 2007 New Yorker article, "Lives of Others," contains several observations that interest me greatly in light of my own biographical adventures researching and composing my novel about Rainer Maria Rilke, Lost...