December New Yorker reading
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Supposedly, time is money:
money will buy you time
assuming you have money
to spend, as well as time
to wait while your money
grows. However time
spent waiting can be like money
misspent-it's often time
wasted, even if money
is made, a kind of time
not worth spending, so money
isn't necessarily time.
Maybe time is money
if you make with your time
something else that makes money,
thought most of the time
it's not your money
you've made with your time.
And money isn't even money,
necessarily, in a time
like this, when money
loses value and time
is misspent losing money.
And time isn't even time,
neccessarily, if it's lost money
on which you're wasting time,
nor is money really money
if it's wasted on wasted time.
Still, sometimes, time is money,
but only if you have money and time.
Craig Morgan Teicher
I finished a book today, so I'll return to magazines for awhile.
I'm back to add that I am trying to use percentage logic to help me have a more positive attitude toward a five issue month - that is that 20% being only 5% less than 25% isn't so bad........ (in terms of 'getting done with it"). However, it isn't really working...... I would be 50% done in a normal month, but sadly, I'm only at 40%......but who's counting!
Yeah, we don't notice the extent of the infrastructure we have, it's just there.
October was looooong. November is normal. I'm hoping December will be short.
So I'm bad, didn't read about Wells, Hollinghurst's new book, or Degas' Nudes. I know bit about all three, just didn't feel up to it.
So October 24 was a good issue. Very moved by the Groopman piece on caring for premature infants. 24 weeks! It's staggering really. Shouts and Murmurs about the kindergarten celebration of the Day of the Dead was funny - at least once during a child's school career there is some 'flap' that gets all the parents in fits - about the craziest things, some article of jewelry or a game the kids are playing or something a teacher said..... The Sedaris on swimming and his father was poignant. A somewhat interesting piece on the new Editor of the New York Times, the first woman, Jill Abramson. I concur w/ Q that the best article was on the Turkish biologist/ birder from Turkey (I'm not even going to try and write out any of their names) -- an interesting person and a beautifully written article. The story was ok -- I actually had to reread it as I went along, don't know if that was NYer burnout or something about the story itself, some kind of density. Probably it was me. As for Pauline, the spouse and I had a saying that if she liked something we'd hate it and vice versa.
ONE MORE TO GO!
OMG, I've reached DECEMBER!
If you've been to the Beinecke you've gone by one of Andre's most controversial pieces -- 36 rocks arranged outside the library in a little park. It had the residents of New Haven HOWLING FOR BLOOD when it was put in (I remember going to see it, actually, little art nerd that I was). Now it has settled in and is quite strange and beautiful, at first it was pretty bald.
P.S. I haven't started November...... boo hoo. But maybe soon?
Much of her artwork is a bit shocking, some isn't that great, but some is extraordinary.
Kinda have to judge by the extraordinary; everything else is part of the process.
If you've been to the Beinecke
I haven't started November...... boo hoo. But maybe soon?
Well, I can't get any aheader than I am now, and you have proven ability to zip through them.
Yeah the article on the Islamic wing said give yourself several days....... and I believe it, I know they have an astounding collection!
As Nov 20 has not surfaced I will move on to Nov 28..... I have little doubt it will show up, they almost always do, just when I think I'm getting close to being caught up!
I am so full of opinions today someone needs to reduce my coffee ration or something. Forgive!
So anyhow, I have three December NYers to go and I will be caught up. What an amazing idea!
I might've preferred focus and an agenda, but I'm OK with mere presentation of dissatisfaction, and OWS registered in the public mind.
I'd like a political movement to require all Senators and Congresspeople to spend a great deal of time together
Team building. Fat chance. And I wonder what proportion of the public would trust it. Seems to be a fair amount of feeling that Us caves too easily to Them, regardless of which Us you are.
I don't think anybody thinks enough about the unintended consequence of technological innovation.
I doubt that thinking would save us from unintended consequences.
I'm three NYer articles from finishing the year. And 50 pages from finishing The Chronoliths. I want the NYers to be #74, and The Chronoliths to be #75, but I'm having trouble pacing myself accordingly.
I've never heard of a functioning organization where the idea is that the members, employees or whatever all loathe, revile and distrust each other, so it just makes sense to me.
I know that, but I still think it is an area worthy of serious mental effort and imagination. Just the exercise itself might have some value, no?
Isn't The Chronoliths fun? Not anything so profound or whatever, just a good read!
I know -- my '120' which I think was a more realistic goal for me than struggling to 125 was these November NYers -- esp bad as one is missing..... oh the guilt!
Ah -- the snow is back -- it's been all rain for the last 12 hours......
Maybe someone will grab hold of the fuzziness and mold it into something... So one could be optimistic, or worried, or both.
I've never heard of a functioning organization where the idea is that the members, employees or whatever all loathe, revile and distrust each other,
Somewhere I read, and I've kept in mind ever since, that in a dysfunctional organization everybody thinks that somebody else has the power. When really nobody does. I'm not sure what's cause and what's effect here. Or what the cure might be.
Just the exercise itself might have some value, no?
Oh, absolutely. And plenty of people ranging from concerned to paranoid. Isn't this what some of the dystopias are about?
I'm not disagreeing with you. Maybe I'm a tad less idealistic, or more resigned. :-)
Well, I don't have to read another NYer until I finish The Help. And the story has heated up so that may be sooner than I think. It is a fast read. Two articles! I am green with envy.
Not real until I document though. I have not yet received the first January issue. Tomorrow I'd guess, but mail doesn't arrive until late afternoon, so I have possibly 18 hours of NYer-free existence.
Darryl has promised to join us in the New Year. And please, as your just reward, kick-off the new January 2012 thread anytime!
Lucky you -- I am already in the 2012 with the New Yorker. ;) This time will be trying to stay up to date. Possibly. Maybe.
Does not mean I am done with the 2011 ones... I am just temporarily ignoring them.
DONE! DONE! DONE! with 2011. Now I can relax the pace for 2012.
THANK YOU sibyx, for luring me into this group.
You are most welcome, Q, but I am equally grateful that you joined as it would have been a little hard to be in a support group of one!
I have 2 and 1/2 to go, doubt I'll read them all between now and tomorrow night, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW. Actually, I know I won't because I am presently reading the Lisbeth Salander series so we can go see the first movie.
Would you like to start the January thread in honor of your great achievement?
I am a bit sad I won't quite get caught up for the New Year, but so it is.
The January 2 issue arrived a few hours ago. I was getting worried. Not gonna start it tonight. Want to reconsider how I'm dealing with magazines, and reviews in general. 2011 was an experiment. Not sustainable in 2012, have other stuff that's being neglected.
I deeply disliked the atmo of this article.
Can you elaborate?
Whatever Tolkien created, it stands outside of ordinary literary criticism.
I have not, as I've mentioned before, ever been able to get very far along. Feel that I ought to, and that I am possibly defective in some manner, but the story just doesn't grab me. So, no visceral reaction to Gopnik.
Re Tolkien: The appeal is truly one of those mysteries - of my nine whole or half five of us have been entranced by it since the first encounter, four found it incomprehensible and boring, or OK to read once, but never again. You can't even argue that the more 'arty' of us like it as my oldest brother is the most fanatical and is a linguist and math person..... it transcends politics, religious beliefs..... it really does seem to be a mystery, although it is true that the same siblings who have no interest in it also have never found much use for either science fiction or fantasy in general. Yet I know plenty of sf folks who aren't keen on Tolkien -- although I think many admire the world-building.
It stands outside literary criticism as usual because (in my view, not necessarily anyone else's) once any artist creates a body of work that elicits such a profound response in enough people it moves into another realm altogether. Gopnik had narrowed the lens so that someone who doesn't know about Tolkien would be getting a skewed impression, by that I mean the Paolini is just one little foothill of thousands, Pratchett is .... I don't know what..... kind of a strange parody.... I wish I could think of the right analogy!
I know two isn't much, but it feels like the thin edge of the wedge!
Re Tolkein, within my family so far as I'm aware it was only my one brother who was obsessed, from maybe junior HS onward as I recall. He's a physics / computer / business guy, that's been his trajectory, and you might think a fair overlap with me, but I'm artsy / flakey in comparison. We read the same science fiction books at around the same time though. In college he went through a phase of Dungeons & Dragons, in which I have utterly zero interest.
I am not a fan - I love his world building and I know that he effectively started a subgenre that I like a lot... but LOTR is just not cup of tea - the story works but something in the style rubs me wrong. Surprisingly his less popular works (The Unfinished Tales and Silmarillion) are books that I really like and reread sometimes.
I know that some people find any of the above boring (even people that usually would read non fast-paced books). And I am not forcing anyone to read anything.
As for Christopher's book - well... let's just say that I am the same way. The only one that really grits on my nerves is the LOTR itself - anything else in the world I like. I am the same way with Dune (although there I like even the main one). :)