As to the latter, there is somewhat of a paradox. Illuminated by interviews with more than fifty people, including the late Joseph Mitchell, William Steig, Roger Angell, Calvin Trillin, Pauline Kael, John Updike, and Ann Beattie, About Town penetrates the inner workings of the New Yorker as no other book has done. It has inspired me to start re-reading White's essays and some Thurber. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. The first part of the text consisted of a very detailed series of announcements and reviews of events and places and opportunities, in very small typeface. For, as contributing editor E.
Very thought-provoking and inspirational, too. In the last 13 it has had three interchangeable editors and grows ever more indistinguishable from Vanity Fair and the rest of that glossy, celebrity-hunting crowd. He also sees another brief golden age in the 1970s, when it got over solemnizing about the Vietnam War. With all the authority and elegance such a subject demands, Yagoda tells the fascinating story of the tiny journal that grew into a literary enterprise of epic proportions. This may not have been deliberate, and the editorial determination to be accurate probably encouraged the assumption that this distinction was clear enough, given context, not to cause confusion.
Being a big fan of James Thurber, Garrison Keillor, and Calvin Trillin and the New Yorker itself , I thought it would be interesting to read about the history of the magazine. For more than seven decades, the New Yorker has been the embodiment of urban sophistication and literary accomplishment, the magazine where the best work of virtually every prose giant of the century first appeared. As a magazine, during an era in which the traditional newspaper business, as well as the weekly or monthly magazine field, underwent drastic downsizings, it was able to stay afloat by maintaining its sophistication and reserved imperturbability. It was interesting material, for the most part, just a little dull or dry in places. I've read about the New Yorker before, but this book astounded me in its detail.
Most of the books on that shelf are biographies or autobiographies or reminiscences. I enjoyed reading about certain writers' journeys to get their work into the magazine, as well as the editorial decisions that went into the text and the look of the publication, over the years. Incorporating interviews with more than fifty former and current New Yorker writers, including the late Joseph Mitchell, Roger Angell, the late Pauline Kael, Calvin Trillin, and Ann Beattie, Yagoda is the first author to make extensive use of the New Yorker's archives. Most of those quotations should be underlinings or italics. So I abandoned it kind of abruptly.
Incorporating interviews with more than fifty former and current New Yorker writers, including the late Joseph Mitchell, Roger Angell, the late Pauline Kael, Calvin Trillin, and Ann Beattie, Yagoda is the first author to make extensive use of the New Yorker's archives. Other blocks in the foundation, according to Yagoda, were that nebulous concept, sophistication ; the focus on New York; the concern with shifting class lines; and, perhaps most important, the cartoons and other art. He became a freelance journalist for publications such as The New Leader, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, and published a number of books including About Town: The New Yorker and the World it Made. I loved reading about the beginning stages of the magazine, but the last quarter of the book was rough for me. With all the authority and elegance such a subject demands, Yagoda tells the fascinating story of the tiny journal that grew into a literary enterprise of epic For more than seven decades, the New Yorker has been the embodiment of urban sophistication and literary accomplishment, the magazine where the best work of virtually every prose giant of the century first appeared.
Reading all this history has just made me exclaim once again plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose. With that act, the slowly closing window banged shut, and the magazine's story as a unique and influential institution in our culture ended. It was clearly designed to be of use to residents of, or visitors to New York, though the magazine was distributed nation-wide even around the world. It is probably longer than it needs to be, but New Yorker fans eager to absorb every fact, and every opinion about every fact, of the magazine's history will not find length a defect. Ross's genius also lay in choosing excellent founding writers and editors, particularly that triumvirate of Thurber, E. I read the first 100 pages or so and enjoyed most of it quite a bit, but then I suddenly started getting tired of some of the minutia about the intra-editor correspondence and then I even started getting tired of the correspondence between the editors and the authors.
To those of us who remain fans it is still the best of the lot, but think what that says about how sorry the lot has become. L'autore: Ben Yagoda is the author of Will Rogers: A Biography and co-editor of The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism. About Town The New Yorker And The World It Made can be very useful guide, and about town the new yorker and the world it made play an important role in your products. I have to give it t least 3 stars for effort, and the author certainly expended plenty of that--he went through 3,000 boxes of correspondence and inter-office memoranda and interviewed 50 people. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. The magazine tended to shy away from highly controversial subject-matter, and shunned promotional, or publicity-driven material--at least in its earlier period up through the beginning of the 1950's. Though I stopped reading or subscribing regularly to The New Yorker years ago, I continue to read the books of its contributors, such as John McPhee, Calvin Trillin, John Cheever, and many, many others.
Albee, Edward Allen, Woody Anderson, Sherwood Angell, Roger Arendt, Hannah Armies of the night, The Mailer Arno, Peter Ashe, Arthur Baker, Nicholson Barth, John Barthelme, Donald Beattie, Anne Beatty, Warren Beckett, Samuel Bell for Adano, A Hersey Bellow, Saul Benchley, Robert Berlin, Irving Bogart, Humphrey Borges, Jorge Luis Bradley, Bill Brando, Marlon Bright lights, big city McInerney Buckley, William F. But everyone needs a dream. The E-mail message field is required. Born to Louis Yagoda and the former Harriet Lewis, he grew up in New Rochelle, New York and entered Yale University to study English in 1971. About Town penetrates the inner wo. Far better than the Flannery bio, I think because of the author's emotional connection to the subject. I have to go find some commas to sprinkle into this review.
I have, however, a pretty clear idea of what it doesn't want. Bookseller: , Ohio, United States Scribner, 2000. The official story is thus enhanced by internal gossip and some of the private friction we usually aren't privy to in accounts of this type. Dealing with the difficult of the text itself along with difficult content was a little much for me. And it was getting kind of repetitive. In consequence, when the magazine began to publish more serious content, its integrity commanded more respect than is typical of popular journals, because they checked their facts carefully before going to press.
Science has offered us new tools in the process of determining actual fact. I'll be honest, I didn't read past the first chapter. In great detail, About Town describes the development of such elements as the Profile and the New Yorker short story and how they have changed. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. From it I added many items to my reading list, which grows longer and longer largely because if the magazine itself.