We were New Yorkers, yes, but we were also devotees of the New Yorker magazine. The one story I ever submitted for publication was submitted to the New Yorker. (We had a family connection to the magazine, I have no memory of how. The story was rejected anyway, thank goodness.)
The magazine has had its ups and downs over the years. There were periods when I read very little of it, but I always kept the subscription. I tried to switch to a Kindle subscription at one point, but it wasn’t the same, so I switched back to print.
The writing has been good recently, though. Here are some samples:
1. “The Occult Roots of Modernism“: This is one thing that the New Yorker does very well — bring me to good writing about subjects I’d never heard of before. For another example, as I’ve mentioned before, I always enjoy Joan Acocella’s pieces about dance, despite the fact that I have almost no interest in dance.
2. “George Strait’s Long Ride“: I came into this one knowing a little bit more about George Strait than I’d known about Joséphin Péladan, but I still learned a lot.
3. “The Pleasures of New York by Car“: Very enjoyable piece about driving in New York (not generally known as a car-friendly city), but I particularly enjoyed how it identified one of the appeals of the Fast and Furious film series: that it’s about people doing over-the-top heroic things while driving cars (as opposed to while flying in spaceships or with superpowers or magic or whatever). So, you know, “relatable,” as they say.
4. “Hemingway, the Sensualist“: I’m fairly well informed about Hemingway, but this reminded me of how much I’d like to read the original manuscript of The Garden of Eden (which I read about in the New York Times Magazine in the 1970s, long before a much, much shorter version of the book was published). I’d love to read the real thing.
And one more thing: Maggie over at Maggie Madly Writing just got married (congratulations, Maggie!), and she changed the URL of her blog, to reflect her married name, and, at least so far, the WordPress folks haven’t managed a redirect, so every link from this site to that one is broken (I have a plugin for that, so I get notifications when a link is broken). So, for now, here’s the URL: maajohnson.com.