April 1, 2013 |
The American Society of Magazine Editors on Monday announced the finalists for its 2013 awards . The National Magazine Awards -- known as the Ellies for the Alexander Calder "Elephant" that winners receive -- will be presented at a luncheon in New York on May 2. Many of the usual suspects appear on the finalists list: GQ and the New Yorker are perennial favorites, and National Geographic, with a total of seven, received the most nominations....
March 28, 2013
The guitarist Rez Abbasi embodies the globally omnivorous state of modern jazz. Born in Pakistan, schooled in L.A. and now a New Yorker, he's interested in reinventing a huge swath of American jazz and South Asian classic music. In his hands, the globe's music feels relentlessly new and progressive. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut Onizuka St. Suite 301, L.A. 9 p.m. Sat. bluewhalemusic.com .
March 15, 2013 |
Eighty years ago Friday, young Eudora Welty sent a letter to the New Yorker seeking employment. This was four decades before she would win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Optimist's Daughter" and five decades before "The Collected Works of Eudora Welty" won a National Book Award -- but she showed tremendous promise, writerly skill and lighthearted charm. Here's a portion: "I am 23 years old, six weeks on the loose in N.Y. However, I was a New Yorker for a whole year in 1930-31 while attending advertising classes in Columbia's School of Business.
February 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - To hear Wayne LaPierre of the NRA tell it, southern Brooklyn was a horrifying scene of looters gone wild in the days after Hurricane Sandy plunged much of New York City into darkness and sent the sea washing through the streets. To hear the New York police department's version, LaPierre was shooting from the hip when he made his claims in a Daily Caller column aimed at revving up gun owners to join the National Rifle Assn. and prepare for battle with hordes of rioters, terrorists, gangs and lone criminals.
February 14, 2013 |
Am I the only one who feels bad for Jonah Lehrer? The disgraced science writer, who lost his staff writer job at the New Yorker - and, quite possibly, his career - last summer after it was revealed that he had made up quotes (by Bob Dylan, of all people) in his book “Imagine,” was back in the news this week after giving a talk at the Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar; for the 3,500 word lecture, he received a payment of $20,000. Reaction has been uniformly negative, with pointed posts in the New York Times , Forbes and Los Angeles Magazine . But while I don't necessarily disagree with such commentary, I also think it misses the point.
February 4, 2013 |
Joseph Mitchell had more than a little in common with his great subject Joe Gould. Like Gould -- a legendary between-the-wars bohemian about whom he wrote two profiles for the New Yorker, later collected in the book “Joe Gould's Secret” -- Mitchell was an iconoclast, who liked to linger on the fringes, to seek out the unexplored territories of urban life. Even more, he was a writer who, in the end, was overmatched by his material, laboring for decades on a project that, in a very real sense, could be said not to exist.