Tag Archives: The New Yorker

The Man Who Knew Everyone

image of painting of Count Harry Kessler by Edvard Munch

The most interesting thing I’ve read this week was an article in the New Yorker called “Diary of an Aesthete,” by Alex Ross.  It’s about Count Harry Kessler, who, in 1868 “was born in Paris, the son of a wealthy … Read more »

Kaze: Through with Pauline Kael

image of a german poster for "the Red Shoes"

A couple of Fridays ago I tucked myself in on the couch and watched, for the fourth or fifth time, The Red Shoes. I’m no expert on ballet movies, but my guess is that The Red Shoes is the most … Read more »

Appreciating Pauline

Photo of Pauline Kael

Has it really been 10 years since Pauline Kael died? Yes, 10 years tomorrow, September 3, was the day we lost America’s greatest film critic. Pauline – somehow you wanted to call her Pauline – left a legion of acolytes … Read more »

“The Facebook Sonnet”

humorous image of facebook addict

Browsing through The New Yorker this weekend, I encountered an unnerving little poem by Sherman Alexie called “The Facebook Sonnet.”  It did what poems are supposed to do:  It got under my skin.  As, of course, has Facebook, which 10 … Read more »

Late-Blooming Writers: A Quiz

Statue of Puer Aeturnus

In Tuesday’s post I posed the question of why the younger generation of American writers, particularly the New Yorker’s carefully selected talent pool of 20 writers under age 40, have not yet produced the breakthrough novels that earlier generations had … Read more »

Is 40 the New 30 for American Writers?

photo of Gary Shteyngart

In American culture these days youth, as they say, rules. We all know that, and evidence for this truism exists in a lot of places you’d expect – comic books furnishing plots and characters for blockbuster movies and Broadway shows, Baby Boomers starting … Read more »