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I meant to make a laudatory post last week to the effect that, where other than The New Yorker might you find a smart, funny, informative article on a literary figure as obscure as Alfred Lord Dunsany

I took that test when we applied to adopt! Picture was from the 30's: any idiot could tell that you were supposed to translate the stallion and the shirtless man in the picture into something sexual.

Mitchell is right on this precise point, though: as a classical music fan, I find its use in classical venues to be an outrage.

The only way I can explain it is, they’re trying to attract younger readers. (Which is not flattering towards younger readers.)

 

My New Yorkers arrive a week later than in the US, so always playing catch up here...

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Another really weak piece leading off the fiction issue, Valeria Liuselli on a re-creation of the OK Corral gunfight in Tombstone.

 

She mentions civil war re-enactments, but doesn't seem familiar with the idea of historical re-enactments in general.  They're not obscure hobbies; they're really, really common as tourist attractions.  Maybe she hasn't been to Philadelphia.

 

It's hardly surprising that Tombstone should have picked that incident to put on a show for tourists, nor is it surprising that guns are involved.

 

She tries to connect all this with current political topics, but it's all very tenuous. Yes, a lot of people in Arizona carry guns, but it didn't need this article to tell us that.

 

Worst of all, it's written in the present tense.  Not New Yorker style.

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Learn the meanings of several Japanese cooking terms in the new Table for Two (on Maison Yaki). I guess chawan mushi might be a mystery for readers. “Barigoule” gets glossed too.

 

Ah, but: “Gribiche, a French tartar sauce with eggs.” Ms Henderson, tartare sauce is French.

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