The New Yorker
New York is a perennial favorite at the awards, known as the Ellies for the Alexander Calder-designed elephant stabiles presented to winners. There are so many Ellies floating around the magazine's Varick Street offices that several are scattered on a coffee table, among art books, in a coffee table in the editorial office's waiting area, like paperweights (though they weigh less than the books they sit atop).
“Steve Coll is one of the most experienced and respected journalists of his generation.”(2)
“We’ve spent the past 10 years trying to make Wired more Condé Nast. We’ll spend the next 10 trying to make Condé Nast more Wired.” —C.E.O. Chuck Townsend(2)
That deceptively simple origin story leaves out what it might mean to have your work from The New Yorker collected in a hardcover book of some 170 pages. Aside from those ten covers, Tomine has been contributing various illustrations, many for book and film reviews, since 1999. New York Drawings solidifies his status as one of the magazine’s go-to illustrators, as an artist whose aesthetic—mordantly observant, a little sad, poignantly attuned to life’s small pleasures, indignities, and absurdities, and ever-so-slightly neurotic—has become a part of The New Yorker’s visual identity in the first decade of the 21st century.
During his decade-long tenure, Lemann, who is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, steered the journalism school through the industry-wide transition to digital distribution by updating the curriculum and bringing in new faculty.
There's a slight chill running through a profile of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling by Ian Parker in the latest New Yorker. The very first thing you read is about the height of the conifer hedges in front of her house: 20 feet. The theme continues throughout.
The latest magazine circulation report tells a familiar story: Newsstand sales continue to slide, while digital editions continue to pick up steam, even if they only generate a sliver of sales throughout the industry.
The latest sign of that expansion is the addition of Jonah Lehrer's Frontal Cortex blog, which was leading newyorker.com around the time news broke Tuesday afternoon that Lehrer has left sister Conde Nast title Wired, where he was a contributing editor, to become a New Yorker staff writer.
"I don't know what to say," Paris Review editor Lorin Stein told Capital. "She was just a wonderful young person."
On CNN's "Starting Point" this morning, Representative Peter King attacked the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza for asking a question containing the word "profiling" about the controversial intelligence-gathering techniques being used by the New York Police Department.
At the often stodgy National Magazine Awards, best disruptor of decorum goes to a 'lucky' guy from Dallas
The National Magazine Awards are a civilized event, and dominated by the decorum of the city's most august magazines. So while it was a bit disappointing not to see what the kids from Vice might have done on stage for an awards speech, there was one welcome break when Tim Rogers, the editor of Dallas, Tex.'s local D Magazine, darted up to the podium to accept the award for profile writing, a category in which the monthly had bested industry darlings Men's Journal, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Rogers, a tall guy looking not unlike Jason Lee of "My Name Is Earl" fame, forewent the usual thank-yous in favor of a discourse on how magazine writers only do it to get laid, and that 16 years ago he had proposed to his wife who was here with him tonight. "Tonight, with a little bit of luck, a little bit of red wine, and this award, I'm gonna get lucky," he said.
Newt Gingrich thinks more people in Darfur should have guns.
Speaking last night at the New York State Republican Party's annual dinner in Manhattan, Gingrich said that in "a place like Darfur, if the helpless were able to protect themselves, there'd be fewer murders, fewer robbers, fewer rapists."
Can 'Vice' keep it real, after lauds from the media establishment's most establishmenty award-dealers?
In 2012, Vice is still free, and you can still find it on the floors of record shops, and it still has all of that other stuff, too. But the Brooklyn-based monthly also has something that the Vice of the early 2000s probably never would have envisioned in its wildest dreams (or worst nightmares): A chance at beating The New Yorker (and New York, and GQ and Bloomberg Businessweek) in this year's National Magazine Awards.
Vice, meet The Establishment.
Of course, the two are already well acquainted.(1)
2012 National Magazine Awards nominees announced; 'Vice,' 'The Fader' crack 'general excellence' category
After years of refining its unique blend of irreverent hipster screeds and hard-hitting international journalism, it seems that Vice is officially all grown up: The title will go head-to-head with industry stand-bys Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, New York and The New Yorker for the top honor of general-interest general excellence at this years National Magazine Awards in New York on May 3.
Paul Goldberger on his now-former editor, David Remnick:
"David’s level of interest rose in proportion to—in inverse proportion to the presence of something in The New York Times. If The New York Times had not covered it yet, and did not appear to be likely to cover it soon, he became more interested and more engaged.
“I like to be first; it feels good, but at the end of the day I think it’s more important to have confidence in your ability to say things better, or differently, or in your own way, than to be first."