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Offline Jeff Wrangler

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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2370 on: April 02, 2020, 12:19:00 pm »
In the same issue, I'm reading "Betting the Farm" by Sam Knight about Joseph Fiennes's twin brother who manages a great estate in England according to permaculture principles (although the word is not mentioned in the article). It's very interesting to me but I don't know if anyone else would find it interesting.

Articles in my interest area are starting to crop (pun intended) up a lot now. Who would think TNY would run an article about composting? But that is what "Letter from Seoul" is about in the March 9 issue. Also of interest in that issue are "Exodus" about the German expatriots in Los Angeles and "#Winning" (as Jeff mentioned) about how social media was used to elect Trump. I also learned a lot from "The Leveller" a review of the work of Thomas Piketty, the French economist.

I'm also re-reading "The Bristlecones Speak" by Alex Ross in the January 20 issue. That's another one that you wouldn't expect to see in TNY.

I liked "Betting the Farm" and "The Bristlecones Speak," but the Piketty piece bored me.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2371 on: April 02, 2020, 10:05:31 pm »
I have now read every. Single. Article. in the March 23 issue, since it's the only one I brought with me to AZ. Go ahead, ask me a question about any article. I have practically memorized them!

I haven't consumed the March 23 issue, but once you get done with your New Yorkers do you have an internet connection that could get you to other publications -- the Atlantic, Slate, New York magazine, the NYT and WashPo, stuff like that ...?


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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2372 on: April 06, 2020, 11:48:31 am »
Yes, I've gone online and read some of the latest issue of TNY, and I actually read the fiction by George Saunders (I like his work). I read certain articles in the Atlantic, NYT and WashPo when there is a link to something I want to read.

Friend asked me the other day if I knew how scientists determined the date that the volcano at Santorini, Italy, erupted, and I was able to answer, "yes, by the tree rings of the bristlecone pines." I was very impressed at myself.  ;)
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2373 on: April 11, 2020, 10:27:39 pm »
Peter Hessler's report on his life in China during the Covid-19 pandemic is very interesting.

He sure gets around. I read his article on his experience in China with the Peace Corps, and I knew he was in Cairo for the Arab Spring. I thought he settled on the Western Slope of Colorado, but now he's back teaching English in a Chinese university.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2374 on: April 13, 2020, 10:49:43 am »
I'm not caught up in my magazines, but this morning I finished the March 30 issue. In the Briefly Noted column, there is a book I want to keep track of an I hope eventually read. The title is Yellow Bird, and it's a work of nonfiction about a real-life amateur sleuth who solved a mystery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota in 2012. Since I enjoy the novels of Craig Johnson, Margaret Coel, and Tony Hillerman, I think I would enjoy this real-life detective story. When I was a kid I loved to read true-crime books, too.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2375 on: April 15, 2020, 05:47:12 pm »
Woke up in the night with worry about the world situation, and read the article "Fractured Fairy Tale" about Meghan and Harry. It was mildly diverting.
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2376 on: April 16, 2020, 10:09:01 am »
the article "Fractured Fairy Tale" about Meghan and Harry.

I haven't seen the article, but the headline takes me back about 50-55 years!  :laugh:





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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2377 on: April 16, 2020, 11:20:40 am »
I haven't seen the article, but the headline takes me back about 50-55 years!  :laugh:

I never did get around to adding Rocky and Bullwinkle to my DVD collection.  ;D
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2378 on: April 19, 2020, 12:38:56 pm »
A couple of days ago I watched the recent movie The Lighthouse which was favorably reviewed in TNY. It was so creepy it gave me nightmares.

Two guys in a Godforesaken lonely place out in the middle of nowhere. Yes, there was attraction, but not in the Brokeback way. Ends badly, but not in the Brokeback way.

I honestly can't recommend it. If you like psychological thrillers, then maybe. It could also be termed a horror movie, in the sense that you are horrified that it was made into a movie.

And yes, wonderful Robert Pattinson is one of the two guys. But still...
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Re: In the New Yorker...
« Reply #2379 on: April 19, 2020, 02:28:02 pm »
I jumped ahead in my magazines to read "Fractured Fairy Tale," and I quite enjoyed it. I enjoyed the story of Augustus Frederick, duke of Sussex, as much as I joyed reading about Harry and Meghan.

I had an Aha Moment when Mead wrote that Queen Victoria had granted Augustus' wife the title Duchess of Inverness. That event was a plot point in one episode of Series I of Victoria, which ran on PBS. In the show, for a reason I can't remember, the queen awarded her the title so that she could be presented at Court. It probably had something to do with the queen's wedding to Prince Albert.
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