The New York Review of Magazines » Of Interest The New York Review of Magazines Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:19:22 +0000 en hourly 1 The New Yorker Examines a Local Murder Trial Fri, 07 May 2010 15:21:17 +0000 Susie Poppick By Joel Meares

Every couple of issues, The New Yorker seems to produce a piece that gets the “magasphere” (hey, I tried) buzzing. In their May 3 issue, it was a piece by Janet Malcolm about the trial of Queens mother and immigrant Mazoltuv Borukhova, accused of arranging for her ex-husband to be murdered. I’m still working on it — it stretches from page 34 to 63 of the magazine and we’ve been busy closing the magazine — but am completely enthralled by the twists of this trial, and the unsympathetic character at the center of it. One of the most interesting aspects for those in the industry is Malcolm’s take on other journalists covering the trial — David Carr looked at this on Media Decoder — and the fact that she steps into the trial herself after interviewing one source, who had testified at the trial, whose views she found might suggest mental instability. Cue ethical debate…

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Oprah’s Canon Tue, 04 May 2010 17:27:13 +0000 Derrick Taylor By Derrick Taylor

If you love magazines, chances are you’ve come across O magazine. Oprah has named 10 books that she loved reading in the past 10 years. It’s a great little read.

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10 Life Lessons to Unlearn Tue, 04 May 2010 17:24:01 +0000 Dustin Fitzharris By Dustin Fitzharris

Martha Beck wrote this piece in O magazine about life lessons we’ve always believed, but we should veer away from. Some of these lessons relate to my life, so I found it very useful.

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Dooley’s Reading List: Boxing and Reality TV Wed, 21 Apr 2010 07:03:11 +0000 Jeffrey Dooley By Jeff Dooley

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

Andrew Corsello has a tremendous profile of boxer Manny Pacquiao in the April issue of GQ.

One of the publications featured in my soon-to-be-released feature on in-flight magazines, American Way, has a story on New York’s Reality TV school.

Wired talks to Gregg Nations — the man responsible for keeping all the many, many facts straight, and the continuity preserved on ABC’s Lost.

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Music More Than Myself Mon, 19 Apr 2010 07:09:59 +0000 Zachary Sniderman Filter tracks the history of northern soul.]]> By Zachary Sniderman

I rediscovered an article from the Winter ’10 issue of Filter on Keb Darge and the history of northern soul music. This style of music is perhaps most easily described as mod-Motown, though even that doesn’t really do it justice. Good on Filter for going against the industry-grain (thank goodness it isn’t another article on Grizzly Bear/Gaga/etc.). Subtle, elegant writing from Cord Jefferson brings the movement to life, making it a history lesson worth taking.

Filter unfortunately does not have a link to the story online, so you might have to go out to a local newsstand to read the whole story. Until then, here’s a little back-info on northern soul, and a sample song to get you going.

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Tasting Turkish Nationalism Sun, 18 Apr 2010 07:17:14 +0000 Sonal Shah The New Yorker highlights a Turkish restaurateur.]]> By Sonal Shah

There’s a lovely piece of food writing by Elif Batuman in this week’s New Yorker. Her subject is Musa Dağdeviren, a restaurant owner in Istanbul who is trying to preserve regional food, but she touches on modernity, Marxism and nationalism along the way. The article is only available to subscribers, but there’s an amuse bouche of sorts online: an audio slide show in which Batuman describes the experience of tasting Dağdeviren’s cooking.

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The Paris Review Spring Issue Sat, 17 Apr 2010 07:19:29 +0000 Sonal Shah By Sonal Shah

The Spring issue of The Paris Review is out now. Inside: An entertaining and curmudgeonly interview with Ray Bradbury, who calls John Irving “the bore of all time.” Also, William Dalrymple interviews a Tibetan monk — a little too lengthily — about taking up arms against the Chinese.

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Tony Judt in Focus Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:24:37 +0000 Ali Gharib By Ali Gharib

If you’re keeping track of intellectually-inclined magazines, it’s been pretty difficult to miss Tony Judt’s recent high profile. Judt, the British-born historian, is a mainstay of The New York Review of Books, where, recently, he’s been publishing a series of short memoirs (the two linked here are free ones, not limited to subscribers). Then,ah last month, he sat with The London Review of Books for a lengthy interview by Kristina Božić. But even if you find NYRB and LRB too high-brow (read: pretentious), you might have stumbled upon a moving profile of Judt in New York, or perhaps caught an interview with him on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air.

The central feature of Judt’s recent exposure will not be a surprise to those who follow his writing: He’s struggling with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, usually known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Though forced onto a machine that aides breathing and rendered effectively quadriplegic, Judt keeps remarkably busy. Every month, several memoir essays appear in NYRB, kicked off by one about living with his ailment; Judt still directs New York University’s Remarque Institute; and, most recently, he’s been doing press for his newest book, “Ill Fares the Land,” excerpted in the April issue of NYRB.

The excerpt — I haven’t picked up the book yet — serves as a powerful reminder that Judt’s illness has not yet cut short his mind or his ferocious spirit. It’s a bald-faced call for social democracy, that very mode of government that American liberals spend most of their time running away from. Why? Because, as Judt writes, “We cannot go on living like this.” While his memoirs seem to fulfill a need to get his stories out before he no longer can (they’ll soon be collected in a book of their own), “Ill Fares the Land” has an imperative of its own.

“[N]ow I detect — and I don’t just think it’s because I have ALS — an urgency about the need to be angrier about what needs doing, what needs saving, and what needs changing,” he told New York. In other words, Tony Judt is completely self-aware enough to recognize that, despite what ails him, the gifts he possesses as an intellectual and a writer need to be used to resolve what ails the world.

When Lou Gehrig announced to the world, from the playing field at Yankee Stadium, that he was retiring because of ALS, he reflected mostly on his past and declared himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Judt, for his part, has been making this speech for months now, in labored breaths that land as words in NYRB. But his message is that everything is not okay — “Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today,” he writes. Those of us who get to read him every month, it turns out in this scenario, are the lucky ones.

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Judt Surveys the Land Wed, 14 Apr 2010 06:45:34 +0000 Sonal Shah Tony Judt’s column in the current issue of the New York Review of Books is excerpted from his new book, Ill Fares the Land. His ongoing series of memoirs on the NY Review (starting January 14th) has been an enjoyable and provoking mix of the personal and political. Judt, director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, is a true public intellectual. Although most of what’s excerpted here has probably been said by others, Judt’s clear-headed lack of apology for taking a political stance is refreshing. Some of the charts correlating inequality with other conditions are interesting as well. Ali Gharib writes more on his post.

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Can a Vegan Diet Cure Cancer? Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:27:19 +0000 Derrick Taylor By Derrick Taylor

Oprah is on the prowl once again to help you live your best life. Her website features a story that suggests a vegan diet can reduce the risk of cancer. It’s a really interesting read and it may influence whether you stop to get that burger for lunch.

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