Remnick’s New Yorker: 35% more water.

Hat tip to The Morning News for this one.  They put out a call for reader/writer recommendations of “their favorites in the world of print” (as in, not reading it online instead).  Before you cry “elitist”, let me ask: if your favorite beer changed it’s recipe to add 35% more water, would you be happy?  You would not, you drunken sod.

  • David Remnick said in an early interview that he planned for “his” New Yorker to follow the news cycle slavishly (like every other contemporary U.S. periodical).
  • When Kurt Vonnegut died, the New Yorker appeared not to notice, concentrating instead on the Virginia Tech Massacre, which occurred at about the same time.
  • When John Updike died, the New Yorker devoted a fair amount of space to his memory, but the COVER that week also included this word:
  • BEYONCÉ.
  • I’m paraphrasing but I believe it bears repeating: The New Yorker’s cover said, essentially: UPDIKE DIES/BEYONCÉ LIVES.
  • Spelled backward, BEYONCÉ means THIS IS THE HEARSE BEARING ALL YOU HOLD DEAR TO OBLIVION.
  • So it goes.
  • I wish the New Yorker would stop chasing skirts and ambulances and return to publishing material of abiding interest.
  • Fortunately, we have The Morning News for that now. —TMN reader Brian Kimberling
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