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David Remnick and Ian Frazier on Joseph Mitchell

Monday, February 11, 2013

Joseph Mitchell started at The New Yorker in 1938, and was a staff writer for fifty-eight years, until his death in 1996. His journalism chronicled everyday life in New York Cityhe wrote about Mohawk steelworkers, fishermen, street-preachers, bartenders, ticket-takers, and bearded ladies. In the mid nineteen-sixties, he stopped publishing any work in the magazine. But apparently he never stopped writing. In this week's issue, there's a previously unpublished chapter from an unfinished memoir that he started in the late nineteen-sixties and early nineteen-seventies. Here, The New Yorker's editor David Remnick and staff writer Ian Frazier talk with Sasha Weiss about their memories of Mitchell, why he didn't publish for so many decades, and the influence his writing has had on them and on the magazine.
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David Remnick and Ian Frazier on Joseph Mitchell

Monday, February 11, 2013

Joseph Mitchell started at The New Yorker in 1938, and was a staff writer for fifty-eight years, until his death in 1996. His journalism chronicled everyday life in New York Cityhe wrote about Mohawk steelworkers, fishermen, street-preachers, bartenders, ticket-takers, and bearded ladies. In the mid nineteen-sixties, he stopped publishing any work in the magazine. But apparently he never stopped writing. In this week's issue, there's a previously unpublished chapter from an unfinished memoir that he started in the late nineteen-sixties and early nineteen-seventies. Here, The New Yorker's editor David Remnick and staff writer Ian Frazier talk with Sasha Weiss about their memories of Mitchell, why he didn't publish for so many decades, and the influence his writing has had on them and on the magazine.
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Patrick Radden Keefe and David Grann on crime reporting.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This week in the magazine, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the Amy Bishop case. In 2010 Bishop shot and killed several colleagues at the University of Alabama. In the aftermath of that crime, it was revealed that Bishop had shot and killed her brother in 1986, which Bishop and her parents have always claimed was an accident. Here Keefe and New Yorker staff writer David Grann talk with their editor Daniel Zalewski about the Amy Bishop story, non-fiction crime writing more generally, and how to approach the truth when certainty is impossible. Also, Kelefa Sanneh on drinking Scotch.
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Patrick Radden Keefe and David Grann on crime reporting.

Monday, February 04, 2013

This week in the magazine, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the Amy Bishop case. In 2010 Bishop shot and killed several colleagues at the University of Alabama. In the aftermath of that crime, it was revealed that Bishop had shot and killed her brother in 1986, which Bishop and her parents have always claimed was an accident. Here Keefe and New Yorker staff writer David Grann talk with their editor Daniel Zalewski about the Amy Bishop story, non-fiction crime writing more generally, and how to approach the truth when certainty is impossible. Also, Kelefa Sanneh on drinking Scotch.
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Simon Rich on funny writing.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This week, Simon Rich's new novella "Sell Out" is being serialized on newyorker.com. It's the story of Simon Rich's great-great-grandfather, who falls into a pickle barrel and emerges, one hundred years later, into hipster Brooklyn. On the podcast this week, Rich reads excerpts from the first installment, and then talks with Susan Morrison about the inspiration for his novella, his experiences writing for Saturday Night Live, and his love of the comedic premise, as practiced by Roald Dahl, T. C. Boyle, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.
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Simon Rich on funny writing.

Monday, January 28, 2013

This week, Simon Rich's new novella "Sell Out" is being serialized on newyorker.com. It's the story of Simon Rich's great-great-grandfather, who falls into a pickle barrel and emerges, one hundred years later, into hipster Brooklyn. On the podcast this week, Rich reads excerpts from the first installment, and then talks with Susan Morrison about the inspiration for his novella, his experiences writing for Saturday Night Live, and his love of the comedic premise, as practiced by Roald Dahl, T. C. Boyle, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.
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Adam Gopnik on 3-D sound studies.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This week in the magazine, Adam Gopnik tries to unravel the science behind our love of music. Here Gopnik talks with managing editor Amelia Lester about how different his own early experiences with music were from those of his children, and why the shift from vinyl and hi-fi to MP3s and earbuds isnt such a bad thing. Also, an epic out-of-office message from S.N.L. writer Colin Jost.
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Adam Gopnik on 3-D sound studies.

Monday, January 21, 2013

This week in the magazine, Adam Gopnik tries to unravel the science behind our love of music. Here Gopnik talks with managing editor Amelia Lester about how different his own early experiences with music were from those of his children, and why the shift from vinyl and hi-fi to MP3s and earbuds isnt such a bad thing. Also, an epic out-of-office message from S.N.L. writer Colin Jost.
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James Wood and Ann Goldstein on the novels of Elena Ferrante.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This week in the magazine, James Wood reviews the novels of the mysterious Italian writer "Elena Ferrante." Ferrante writes under a pseudonymalmost nothing is known about her true identity. Here Sasha Weiss talks with James Wood and Ann Goldstein, Ferrante's English translator, about her intensely personal, often brutally honest writing. Also, Rebecca Mead on season three of "Downton Abbey."
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James Wood and Ann Goldstein on the novels of Elena Ferrante.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This week in the magazine, James Wood reviews the novels of the mysterious Italian writer "Elena Ferrante." Ferrante writes under a pseudonymalmost nothing is known about her true identity. Here Sasha Weiss talks with James Wood and Ann Goldstein, Ferrante's English translator, about her intensely personal, often brutally honest writing. Also, Rebecca Mead on season three of "Downton Abbey."
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Rachel Aviv on the medicalization of child-porn users and pedophiles.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

This week in the magazine, Rachel Aviv looks at the medicalization of child-porn users and pedophiles. Here Aviv talks with Sasha Weiss about her interest in the subject, as well as about other articles she has written on socially marginalized, compromised, or despised people. Also, Gregory Buck compares the mathematics of winter to the mathematics of summer.
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Rachel Aviv on the medicalization of child-porn users and pedophiles.

Monday, January 07, 2013

This week in the magazine, Rachel Aviv looks at the medicalization of child-porn users and pedophiles. Here Aviv talks with Sasha Weiss about her interest in the subject, as well as about other articles she has written on socially marginalized, compromised, or despised people. Also, Gregory Buck compares the mathematics of winter to the mathematics of summer.
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Daniel Mendelsohn on the books that changed his life.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

This week in the magazine, Mendelsohn writes about his boyhood correspondence with the novelist Mary Renault. Here Mendelsohn talks with Sasha Weiss about how Renault's novels helped him negotiate his own sexuality, and also led to his career as a writer and classicist. Mendelsohn also talks about how his own criticism, which brings a classicists perspective to bear on modern culture, shares similar goals as Renault's novelizations of ancient Greece.
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Daniel Mendelsohn on the books that changed his life.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

This week in the magazine, Mendelsohn writes about his boyhood correspondence with the novelist Mary Renault. Here Mendelsohn talks with Sasha Weiss about how Renault's novels helped him negotiate his own sexuality, and also led to his career as a writer and classicist. Mendelsohn also talks about how his own criticism, which brings a classicists perspective to bear on modern culture, shares similar goals as Renault's novelizations of ancient Greece.
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David Denby and Dexter Filkins discuss torture in the film “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last week in the magazine, Dexter Filkins wrote a Talk of the Town piece about Kathryn Bigelow, the director of "Zero Dark Thirty," and this week David Denby has a review of the film. Here, Denby and Filkins talk with Susan Morrison about the film and the controversy surrounding its depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Also, Alex Koppelman on the best conspiracy theories of 2012.
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David Denby and Dexter Filkins discuss torture in the film "Zero Dark Thirty."

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last week in the magazine, Dexter Filkins wrote a Talk of the Town piece about Kathryn Bigelow, the director of "Zero Dark Thirty," and this week David Denby has a review of the film. Here, Denby and Filkins talk with Susan Morrison about the film and the controversy surrounding its depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Also, Alex Koppelman on the best conspiracy theories of 2012.
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John Lahr talks with Deborah Treisman about his career as a theatre critic.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

After twenty years as The New Yorker's senior drama critic, John Lahr is stepping down (although he will still write Profiles for the magazine). Here Lahr talks with his editor Deborah Treisman about growing up in the showbiz world of his father, Bert Lahr; the role of theatre (and critics) in our culture; and the playwrights that have been important to him. Also: 2012 book recommendations from Louis Menand, Judith Thurman, and Marisa Silver.
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John Lahr talks with Deborah Treisman about his career as a theatre critic.

Monday, December 10, 2012

After twenty years as The New Yorker's senior drama critic, John Lahr is stepping down (although he will still write Profiles for the magazine). Here Lahr talks with his editor Deborah Treisman about growing up in the showbiz world of his father, Bert Lahr; the role of theatre (and critics) in our culture; and the playwrights that have been important to him. Also: 2012 book recommendations from Louis Menand, Judith Thurman, and Marisa Silver.
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Ken Auletta and Amelia Lester on Elisabeth Murdoch

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

This week in the magazine, Ken Auletta profiles Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of Rupert. Here Auletta talks with Amelia Lester and Nicholas Thompson about the phone-hacking scandal, Elisabeth's critical take on News Corp., and which of Rupert's children might win the Murdoch throne. Also, Thomas Beller on how smartphone photography is affecting our memory.
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Ken Auletta and Amelia Lester on Elisabeth Murdoch

Monday, December 03, 2012

This week in the magazine, Ken Auletta profiles Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of Rupert. Here Auletta talks with Amelia Lester and Nicholas Thompson about the phone-hacking scandal, Elisabeth's critical take on News Corp., and which of Rupert's children might win the Murdoch throne. Also, Thomas Beller on how smartphone photography is affecting our memory.
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