Junot Diaz: telling it like it is
Today on his New Yorker blog, Adam Gopnik attempts to unpack Barack Obama's election-night victory speech for clues to why the President engenders such dislike from his foes on the right. For Gopnik, it comes down to what he sees as Obama's calculated distance:
Within the span of a few minutes over the weekend, the New Yorker and Politico published first-person remembrances of legendary newsman (and Brookline High grad) MIKE WALLACE, both of which had essentially the same headline: I Was Scooped By Mike Wallace.
The anecdotes related are more than 20 years apart, but they feel like they could've happened on consecutive weekends.
Our fanboyism on ATUL GAWANDE is well-established: we think he should be surgeon general. Brilliant medical writer. Brilliant medical thinker. One of the very few essential voices to emerge out of the bar-brawl of the health-care debate. Local guy. Knows what it's like for someone to yell "FUCK YOU" at him in the middle of a reading
It's become Democratic manna that MARTHA COAKLEY blew the biggest statewide race in 21st-century Massachusetts politics by running an historically awful campaign.
But it's kind of getting annoying to watch people act like they saw it coming. Especially out-of-state experts. To be sure, there were a few people on the left who were prescient -- including the folks in the White House who leaked, as early as the Sunday before the election (while Obama was rallying in Boston), that it was pretty much over.
I know it's a little foofoo and some of the dishes are really meant for the culinary wizards of the country (hence the name I guess), but I'm seriously sad to hear about Gourmet magazine's demise. :(
Today, Conde Nast, parent-company of The New Yorker, Wired and a ton of other pubs, announced they are closing Gourmet along with three other publications -- Cookie, Modern Bride, and Elegant Bride (but keeping their Brides magazine open -- serously people? Three bride mags and you never thought it was a bit much?).
Former Phoenix contributor Kelefa Sanneh's profile of the legendary KATT WILLIAMS is behind the New Yorker's subscribers-only firewall -- an indication that it's likely as good as you think it's gonna be, or better -- but the multimedia teasers are live and free. The video (above) is a NSFW highlight reel of Katt in his element.
World renowned journalist and staff writer for the New Yorker Adam Gopnik spoke yesterday on his new book Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life at the Brookline Booksmith.Full mp3 audio of his reading after the jump . . .