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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1520 on: January 25, 2017, 11:07:01 pm »
Well, I guess I'm just not a perceptive, or even intelligent, reader. I finished the Seabrook over dinner this evening, and I liked it and saw no problems with it.

I thought it was fine. It kept my attention. I didn't think it had much of a point, except to describe his father's very colorful liquor-collection practices and (SPOILER ALERT) note the irony of his father never drinking more than he should but he, John Seabrook, becoming an alcoholic. That's mildly interesting but not hugely meaningful. Still, as I said, it kept my attention enough to finish it.


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1521 on: January 26, 2017, 11:27:52 am »
Another point that was missing or buried within the article was that addictions often have both a physical and a psychological component. With Seabrook, the psychological component was that he drank both to get away from and draw nearer to his father. Neither worked. What would have worked (and may still) is if he took the good traits of his father, his passion, his discipline, his attention to detail, and applied them to something more important than riding and collecting and drinking fine wines!
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1522 on: January 28, 2017, 11:57:03 am »
Another point that was missing or buried within the article was that addictions often have both a physical and a psychological component. With Seabrook, the psychological component was that he drank both to get away from and draw nearer to his father. Neither worked. What would have worked (and may still) is if he took the good traits of his father, his passion, his discipline, his attention to detail, and applied them to something more important than riding and collecting and drinking fine wines!

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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1523 on: January 28, 2017, 01:08:43 pm »
But was that the "point" Seabrook was trying to make?
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1524 on: January 28, 2017, 05:55:17 pm »
Just because your dad had a fancy wine cellar, doesn't mean you can drink as much as you want of it without getting into trouble.

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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1525 on: February 01, 2017, 09:28:46 pm »
The story behind this week's cover depicting Rosie the Riveter in a pussy hat:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-yorker-womens-march-cover_us_588fb495e4b0522c7d3c640e
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1526 on: February 02, 2017, 12:18:28 pm »
I love it!


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1527 on: February 03, 2017, 11:22:43 am »

Next week's cover, according to a tweet by Philip Gourevitch:




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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1528 on: February 04, 2017, 01:23:24 pm »

Der Spiegel takes it a step further:




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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #1529 on: February 04, 2017, 01:34:24 pm »
I've fallen way behind, as usual. Right now I'm reading Jill Lepore's article on nuclear winter (Jan. 30).
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