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An Education at The New Yorker

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Janet Groth describes her two decades working as the receptionist at The New Yorker. Her memoir The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker is an account of watching and registering the comings and goings, marriages and divorces, scandalous affairs, failures, triumphs, and tragedies of the magazine’s eccentric staff.

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Comments [5]

Chas of Hamilton from Hamilton, Ontario , Canada


I'm reading the book now , and finding it interesting and honest .
Her affair with a cartoonist is brutally honest and vivid,as is her suicide attempt.

The author's relationships with Joseph Mitchell , poet John Berryman and Muriel Spark also are interesting.

Mar. 17 2013 03:55 PM
Rose A. Doherty from Boston

On topic because women did not have choices in 1957. Katharine Gibbs Schools are no more. The last one closed in Boston in July 2011. I loved the "Kate" school reference in the interview. I am writing the institution's history. When one mentions a secretary or receptionist today, there are two responses: Gibbs and "Mad Men."

Jul. 16 2012 04:52 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Wonderful idea asking about the great AJ Liebling, Maude.

Jul. 12 2012 01:15 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Katherine Gibbs Schools - they now turn out more paralegals than secretaries.

Jul. 12 2012 01:14 PM
Maude from Park Slope

I worked at Farrar, Straus and Giroux for nine years in the late 90s early 2000s--FSG's offices sound like her description of the New Yorker's offices. Despite the office's drab decor, I have such nostalgia and adoration for that place and the old guard--Roger Straus and Peggy Miller in particular.

I'm wondering if the author has any stories of AJ Liebling?

Jul. 12 2012 01:13 PM

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