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Good stuff online: John Leland on Gloria Steinem

October 10, 2016

John Leland is an excellent reporter for the New York Times who has made it his beat to write about the wise old heads of this big weird city, both the famous ones and the ones you’ve never heard of. He’s currently working on a series called “Lions of New York,” and Sunday saw the publication of “Showgirls, Pastrami, and Candor,” his walk-about profile (beautifully written, as ever, and full of tiny surprising details) of Gloria Steinem, who is one of the people I admire most in the world. Bravo! (The portrait is by Caitlin Ochs.)

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In last week’s New Yorker

October 22, 2015

recognition nyorker coverI haven’t done this in a while, and I’m still working my way through this week’s, but last week’s issue of the New Yorker was unusually stuffed with exceptional pieces worth catching up on:

  • “Thresholds of Violence,” Malcolm Gladwell’s riveting and disheartening report about how many school shootings specifically intend to replicate the massacre at Columbine. The piece leads and ends with a hair-raising account of a rampage that was aborted and concludes: “The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.”
  • “Road Warrior,” Jane Kramer’s in-depth up-close-and-personal profile of Gloria Steinem, which increased my already high regard for the feminist icon exponentially.
  • “Drawing Blood,” in which reporter Adam Shatz introduced me to French-Arab cartoonist Riad Sattouf, whose book The Arab of the Future I can’t wait to read.
  • “Cold Little Bird,” Ben Marcus’s short story about a father struggling to adjust to the reality of his ten-year-old’s son personality change.
  • critical essays by Alex Ross and Hilton Als on two artists near and dear to my heart, Laurie Anderson and Sam Shepard (Hilton was kind enough to reference my Shepard biography in his review of the Broadway production of Fool for Love).

    Not to mention Adrian Tomine’s cover image (above), which will induce groans of recognition from many writers who live in NYC.

Quote of the day: FEAR

October 19, 2015

FEAR

Men fear ridicule the way women fear violence.

–Gloria Steinem, quoted in Jane Kramer’s New Yorker profile (a must-read)

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