August 2012 New Yorker

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August 2012 New Yorker

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elokuu 29, 2012, 8:03 am

It's conceivable that with a thread in existence I'll get to the next step of documenting the August issues I've read.

syyskuu 2, 2012, 6:52 pm

August 6
* Ryan Lizza re Paul Ryan: Pre-VP candidacy.
* Lauren Collens re Tino Sehgal: Skipped.
* Mark Singer re amateur marathoner: Under 3 hours in 50 states? Maybe not...
* Evan Osnos re Burma: I know so little about so much of the world.
* Louis Menand re Olympics: Meh.
* Briefly Noted: Nothing of interest.
Skipped fiction, art, theater, cinema.

syyskuu 2, 2012, 6:52 pm

August 13&20
* Ben McGrath re Olympics: More meh.
* Lena Dunham re romance: Young.
* Atul Gawande re hospital efficiency: Can hospitals learn from chain restaurants?
* Steve Coll re Imran Khan of Pakistan: A cricket player becomes a politician.
* Adam Gopnik re Mormonism: It’s kinda strange, but so are they all.
* Briefly Noted: Nothing of interest.
Skipped fiction, TV, cinema.

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 3, 2012, 10:55 am

August 27
* Jane Mayer re political fundraising: It’s gotta be done. Sigh.
* Jeremy Eichler re violinist Christian Tetzlaff: Skipped.
* Oliver Sachs re mind-altering drugs: His own mind led to others.
* John Lee Anderson re Syria: Skimmed.
* Briefly Noted: Nothing of interest.
Skipped fiction, music, theater, TV, cinema.

syyskuu 2, 2012, 6:53 pm

Catching up, the minimalist version.

syyskuu 3, 2012, 8:36 am

I love it! Anything you really like put extra asterisks or something indicative?

syyskuu 3, 2012, 10:53 am

As I've been dipping in and out of these issues, I can only add that I've skipped a lot too, but I enjoyed Gopnik on Mormonism (of course, I enjoy him on most topics) and I didn't read John Lee Anderson on Syria because I heard him interviewed about his article on NPR. What I found most interesting in the Atul Gawande was how the chain restaurants work (kind of scary), and I found Oliver Sachs' account of taking drugs just as uninteresting as I find most people's accounts of taking drugs. Maybe you'll inspire me to at least log my reading, instead of just commenting on what you've taken the time to do!

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 24, 2012, 2:32 pm

August 27th.

John Cassidy - COMMENT: WHO IS MITT ROMNEY? His Vice-Presidential pick is Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee. A proponent of supply-side economics. Advocates eliminating all taxes on dividends, capital gains, and inheritances. Wants Medicare turned into a voucher program.

By choosing Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney is courting the most ideological wing of his party.

James Surowiecki - THE FINANCIAL PAGE: THE TRACK-STAR ECONOMY Nearly four hundred athletes who represented other countries in the London Summer Olympics went to school in the U.S. Many other foreign athletes live and train here.

The U.S. attracts hundreds of thousands of college and graduate students. Many of them would like to stay, but are not able to secure work visas. The U.S. caps visa allocations for each country, regardless of size, at seven per cent of the total number of visas. Temporary work visas are also capped, at eighty-five thousand a year.

There is a huge backlog of highly skilled immigrants waiting for permanent visas.

Jane Mayer - THE POLITICAL SCENE: SCHMOOZE OR LOSE The Democrats vs the Republican money machine fueled by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and the subsequent rise of Super Pacs. Very wealthy Americans are wielding increasingly disproportional power in our politics. A great deal of money is spent on funding "attacks ads" in swing states. Mitt Romney's candidacy has received far more "mega" donations than President Obama's.

Oliver Sacks - PERSONAL HISTORY: ALTERED STATES: Self-Experiments in chemistry.

Famous British biologist, neurologist, and author (now age 79) describes a period in his life in which he experimented with a variety of mind-altering substances (cannabis, LSD, amphetamines, morphine, Chloral Hydrate, Artane, morning-glory seeds). Began sampling them at age 30, after becoming an M.D. Started a neurology residency in 1962 at UCLA. Describes his own fantastic hallucinations and delusions, including an episode while under the influence of I.V. morphine during which he "watched" a reenactment of the 1415 Battle Of Agincourt on his sleeve - over a period of twelve hours.

The article describes other aspects of humankind's search for altered states (shamanistic and religious rites).

(Oliver Sacks was recently interviewed by Leslie Stahl on SIXTY MINUTES.)

Jon Lee Anderson - LETTER FROM SYRIA: THE WAR WITHIN This intrepid reporter describes his most recent visit to Syria, a country in the throes of rebellion against President Assad. There are many factions, including extremist Islamist cells. And there have been many casualties, massacres, and atrocities. There is a growing refugee crisis.

Syria is 75% Sunni Arab. The Assad regime is Alawite, a Shiite offshoot (representing 11% of the population).

Emily Nussbaum - ON TELEVISION: CHILD'S PLAY: "Breaking Bad" bad dad.

...."a show that you dread and crave at the same time."

No thanks.

David Denby - THE CURRENT CINEMA: CREEP SHOWS The author reviews "Cosmopolis" and "Compliance"

"American movies are saturated in physical violence; this one is devoted to spiritual violence". (referring to "Compliance").

No thanks.

syyskuu 16, 2012, 5:20 pm

Great summaries...... all of this will help me read faster, I hope. I have two long plane ride days (there and back again) coming up and my 'tradition' is to take NYers and read and toss as I go...... most satisfying.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 23, 2012, 9:28 am

August 6

-somewhat interesting to read about Ryan AFTER the election. More glad the ever at the result.
S&M - not funny
- Tino Sehgal - an interesting conceptual artist... in the NtM category - (News to Me). Projects like these can be quite interesting to encounter but, being conceptual, often more interesting to read about afterwards.
- Mark Singer on an amateur marathoner who went to great lengths to cheat. So clever that it can't quite be proven.
- piece on Burma, nice complement to Looking for George Orwell in Burma - I really hope the changes stick and flower.
-I skipped watching the Olympics this year, so I skipped this too.
-short story was a squib by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Found it stuffed in the back of a drawer? Wasn't really worthy of being in print. Should have been left in the drawer.
Can't remember anything else......

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 22, 2012, 9:01 am

August 13-20

- skipped Olympics
- I agree with Qebo that the romance piece was soooooooo young.
- Atul Gawande - always makes me nervous to read about hospital inefficiency.....
- Didn't read about the cricket player
- What Qebo said.
- I don't have the ToC page and can't remember...... Was this the Thomas McGuane? Short and very funny, if so.

Muokkaaja: marraskuu 23, 2012, 9:28 am

August 27
-Obama and the millionaires. Well, yeah, that's how we've set it up, innit? At least millionaires are people not corporate entities.
-S&M really really not funny
-New-to-Me piece, a violinist who gets amazing sound of his instrument. He sounds worth the price of the ticket.
-Oliver Sacks, now here is someone I have almost heard of too much. I almost spewed my coffee around the room at the point where he comes out of a high on speed and decides that he will be a briliiant explicator of brain science. Not saying he isn't, but my lands, what a moment of hubris! He writes wonderful does Ollie Sacks, so he's forgiven, but wot a big head, mon.
-I tried, but could not read the Syria article.
-The Alice Munro unfolded just as you knew it would, but could not stop reading anyway.
-skimmed about the Zwieg - the only book of his I read was his bio of Schweitzer - I read it when I was about 12 or 13 and was hugely affected - I think I might have read it more than once, even. And that's a wrap.

marraskuu 22, 2012, 9:03 am

Yay, you're back! I'm all caught up with the reading, but I seem to have given up recording.

marraskuu 23, 2012, 9:19 am

In some ways it's only worth recording to help you remember, I do find, just a sentence or two brings most articles back amazingly well...... now and then a really good article seems worth summing up.