Posts Tagged ‘the new yorker’

Quote of the day: FAKE NEWS

December 13, 2019


Baldly false stories…are an integral part of the Putin system’s postmodern approach to propaganda. In the Soviet era, the state pushed a coherent, if occasionally clumsy, narrative to convince the public of the official version of events. But private media ownership and widespread Internet access have made this impossible. Today, state outlets tell viewers what they are already inclined to believe, rather than try to convince them of what they can plainly see is untrue. At the same time, they release a cacophony of theories with the aim of nudging viewers toward believing nothing at all, or of making them so overwhelmed that they simply throw up their hands. Trying to ascertain the truth becomes a matter of guessing who benefits from a given narrative.

–Joshua Yaffa, “Channeling Putin,” a profile of Konstantin Ernst (below, illustration by Chloe Cushman), head of Russian state television network Channel One, in this week’s New Yorker

Good stuff online: Calvin Tompkins’ profile of Mark Bradford in the New Yorker

June 18, 2015

Mark Bradford isn’t a newcomer — he received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2009, and his paintings fetch up to a million dollars apiece — but I’d never heard of him or seen his work. Thanks as always to the masterful Calvin Tompkins, one of The New Yorker‘s most treasured veteran staff writers, for his fascinating and detailed portrait of this 6’7″ gay black AIDS-aware politically conscious former hair stylist turned painter-sculptor-multimedia artist.

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Occupy: New Yorker “Fighting Back” cover

October 18, 2011

I haven’t even read the issue yet, but I couldn’t resist posting Barry Blitt’s brilliant cover illustration for this week’s issue of The New Yorker. As my hyperbolic friend David Zinn would say: Best. Cover. Ever. It’s the ultimate Consider the Alternative, no matter what you think about Occupy Wall Street.

And then of course there’s this political cartoon making the rounds:

In this week’s New Yorker

February 5, 2010

It’s been my lifelong dream to be published in the New Yorker, the finest magazine in the history of the U.S. Not nearly as good as having a piece of writing published, but fun nevertheless: being name-checked by John Lahr in his essay on Sam Shepard. Lahr folds into his article a whole lot of biographical material he could only have gotten from my book, so I appreciate that he goes out of his way to mention my biography. What’s funny, of course, is that he quotes me quoting someone else. I didn’t meet Sam and interview him until years after the book was published. Meanwhile, Lahr knew Sam “back in the day” and was responsible for Lincoln Center Theater producing his play Operation Sidewinder, a crazy poetic rock-n-roll incantation that I wish I’d seen.

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