Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker

Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker One Of Art S Purest Challenges Is To Translate A Human Being Into Words The New Yorker Has Met This Challenge Successfully And Originally Than Any Other Modern American Journal It Has Indelibly Shaped The Genre Known As The Profile Starting With Light Fantastic Evocations Of Glamorous And Idiosyncratic Figures Of The Twenties And Thirties, Such As Henry Luce And Isadora Duncan, And Continuing To The Present, With Complex Pictures Of Such Contemporaries As Mikhail Baryshnikov And Richard Pryor, This Collection Of New Yorker Profiles Presents Readers With A Portrait Gallery Of Some Of The Most Prominent Figures Of The Twentieth Century These Profiles Are Literary Journalistic Investigations Into Character And Accomplishment, Motive And Madness, Beauty And Ugliness, And Are Unrivalled In Their Range, Their Variety Of Style, And Their Embrace Of HumanityIncluding These Twenty Eight Profiles Mr Hunter S Grave By Joseph Mitchell Secrets Of The Magus By Mark Singer Isadora By Janet Flanner The Soloist By Joan Acocella Time Fortune Life Luce By Walcott Gibbs Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody By Ian Frazier The Mountains Of Pi By Richard Preston Covering The Cops By Calvin Trillin Travels In Georgia By John McPhee The Man Who Walks On Air By Calvin Tomkins A House On Gramercy Park By Geoffrey Hellman How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen By Lillian Ross The Education Of A Prince By Alva Johnston White Like Me By Henry Louis Gates, Jr Wunderkind By A J Liebling Fifteen Years Of The Salto Mortale By Kenneth Tynan The Duke In His Domain By Truman Capote A Pryor Love By Hilton Als Gone For Good By Roger Angell Lady With A Pencil By Nancy Franklin Dealing With Roseanne By John Lahr The Coolhunt By Malcolm Gladwell Man Goes To See A Doctor By Adam Gopnik Show Dog By Susan Orlean Forty One False Starts By Janet Malcolm The Redemption By Nicholas Lemann Gore Without A Script By Nicholas Lemann Delta Nights By Bill Buford

Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998 He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000 Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post He has also served on the New York Public Library s board of trustees In 2010 he published his sixth book,

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  • Paperback
  • 624 pages
  • Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker
  • David Remnick
  • English
  • 13 March 2019
  • 9780375757518

10 thoughts on “Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker

  1. says:

    Below are listed the essays in the order they appear in the book In parentheses are the persons about which the respective essays are about Then is stated the author and my personal rating of the essay Please do keep in mind that even a 2 stars rating indicates that I felt the essay was OK, 3 stars means I liked it, 4 that I liked it a lot and 5 that it was fantastic The average of my ratings comes to between 3 and 4 I am choosing to give the entire book 4 because when I look at the whole, I liked it a lot Some essays were very funny Others told me stuff about people I knew absolutely nothing about they made me curious to know None were bad, but for some of the 2 star essays I just felt they could have given me or I had a hard getting interested I have put a few comments under each essay 1 How Do You Like it Now, Gentlemen Ernest Hemingway , by Lillian Ross 3stars It is interesting to observe that Hemingway never seemed really to listen to people people conversing don t seem to be relating to what the other says 2 Lady with a Pencil Katharine White , by Nancy Franklin 4stars Having just read essays by E.B White One Man s Meat I totally enjoyed learning about his wife Who would have known what a fascinating person she would prove to be too 3 Wunderkind Floyd Patterson , by A.J Liebling 2 stars Boxing is hard for me to get enthused about 4 A Pryor Love Richard Pryor , by Hilton Als 3 stars Pryor s belief that humor can and should be used to lessen hatred struck a chord with me 5 A Duke in His Domain Marlon Brando , by Truman Capote 3 stars He often said not to pay attention to what he said tomorrow he may think differently I liked the description of places in Japan and learning about his relationship with his parents 6 The Coolhunt Baysie Wightman and DeeDee Gordon , by Michael Gladwell 4 stars In fancy words this is about diffusion research in simple terms it s about spotting trendsetters or what and who is and will be cool For a person totally uninterested in trends, that I should found this essay so fascinating is in itself utterly amazing 7 Mr Hunter s Grave George H Hunter , by Joseph Mitchell 5 stars This is about an 87 year old Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Methodist Church on Staten Island It is about the community of people who lived on Sandy Ground going back to the mid 1800s, about oyster fishing and clam bakes and wild flowers and grave stones It is beautifully written It is about a place people need to know once existed This essay is one of the many found in the anthology Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell.You don t want to miss this book Then you will want to read Man in Profile Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker too.8 The Man Who Walks on Air Philippe Petit , by Calvin Tomkins 3 stars Definitely interesting, particularly if you have already read Colum McCann s Let the Great World Spin Both are about the very same high wire artist 9 Isadora Isadora Duncan , by Janet Flanner 2 stars In fact it was this essay that pushed me to choose the book I wanted to learn about the famed American dancer Isadore Duncan It gave me very little 10 Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody Heloise , by Ian Frazier 4 stars I knew nothing about this syndicated columnist She is every home maker s guru This is extremely funny Now I want to read her columns She advises one to never to clean out a drawer when you are not in a throw away mood Having worked in a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Parlor she refutes the claim that You ll get tired of ice cream if you work there She finally quit because she gained so much weight I would have to quit too No, I would never take such a job 11 Covering the Cops Edna Buchanan , by Calvin Trillin 3 stars Edna Buchanan was a reporter for the Miami Herald.She was the reporter that covered the cops, and yeah she specialized in murder The article is well written you are pulled in close and it has humor 12 Show Dog Biff Truesdale , by Susan Orlean 4 stars Biff is a boxer I mean the dog type I don t know really if I was supposed to laugh from start to finish, but I did It is about dog trainers, dog breeders and dog showing.Okay, these are only essays they are not deep biographies The title is accurate We are promised profiles and we are given profiles What we read is well written I laughed and I learned and my interest was whetted for The audiobook is narrated by Philip Bosco, Amy Irving and Alton Fitzgerald White All are very well done Easy to follow and read with understanding of what was written Humor is captured well too.

  2. says:

    So I haven t actually read this whole book, just several of the essays, but I have been spending a lot of my time lately with my nose in the New Yorker archives My print subscription ran out a few months ago, but for some reason my digital subscription and archive access hasn t changed The biggest problem with the New Yorker archives is that unless you know what you re looking for, it s hard to run across anything interesting What they need is a digital archivist, like Sports Illustrated has, who can recall important or timely articles and feature them on the archives homepage They dabble a little with that now, but it could be so much better So anyways, I ve just been typing New Yorker into , which brings up dozens of anthologies of New Yorker articles, arranged by subject Then I click on the subject I want to read about, like Sports or Profiles, and click Table of Contents I pick the article I want, and then search for it in the New Yorker archives The New Yorker archive really should be considered a national treasure Some enterprising person really needs to set up a blog or twitter feed highlighting awesome articles and stories from the magazine Before I stumbled on this Read Now Table of Contents method, I was looking for just such a place on the internet, but as far as I can tell it doesn t exist.

  3. says:

    Re reading this collection ten years later, it strikes me that a lot of these profiles haven t aged very well, especially ones written by male writers on female subjects The one exception, the profile that most endures, to me at least, is Janet Malcolm s 41 False Starts, which is a masterpiece of form echoing content.

  4. says:

    This was amazing the best collection of essays I ve read since, well, the best American essays of the century collection Coming from the New Yorker this collection has of a formula there is a certain style that runs throughout, despite the variation in subject and I suppose a certain similarity of perspective that of an uptown Eastern elite looking with somewhat clinical interest down on the specimen Nonetheless these are wonderfully entertaining and also terribly educational for a non American reader My two particular favorites were the long profiles of Johnny Carson and Roseanne both are so instructive on what seems to be a very American phenomenon, the talk show both also hosted very different programs The most endearing though is the one about Carol Ruckdeschel, an otherwise undistinguished young biologist who was living off the land and roadkill in Georgia just beautifully written and a fascinating and attractive lifestyle There are also several profiles on artistes rope walker Philippe Petit, writer Ernest Hemingway, comedian actor Richard Pryor, actor Marlon Brando, and a funny short one on showdog Biff Truesdale , a couple on athletes pitcher Steve Blass, boxer Floyd Patterson , and a couple on politicians George H W Bush, Al Gore this selection I think reflects the heroes in the American imagination There was only one sort of intellectual Anatole Broyard, a literary critic and even this was chosen I think because of the race angle he was black passing as white , though there is one interesting one on the Chudnosky brothers a pair of mathematicians and again this I think was chosen for its queerness they are calculating pi to the billionth decimal and for the uniqueness of the situation the younger brother is disabled and they are unable to get tenure rather than for their intellectual contribution there are no other intellectuals academics in the selection which I thought a pity.

  5. says:

    Ricky Jay, Baryshnikov, Brando, and Anatole Broyard are by far the most interesting and well written profiles.

  6. says:

    Quite good a wide range of interesting people profiled by interesting people.

  7. says:

    This is a big fat book of over 600 pages But the quality of the writing and variety of the subject matter keeps it fresh I especially loved checking out the different approaches the writers take to reveal their subjects some conventional and some much less so Mr Hunter s Grave the first story is the master of the form It s so quiet and unassuming with such beautiful prose The Education of a Prince wins for pure reading enjoyment Dealing with Roseanne is funny and bold and is the best psychological investigation of any person in the book, though the Carson profile, Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale comes close though it s a better portrait of an industry I wanted to hate Forty One False Starts, a portrait of David Salle, for its obvious anti memoir structure and obvious correlation with the artist s type of work but you end up acknowledging it s the only way to tackle such an overexposed character And finally, Delta Nights Lucinda Williams is a great way to end the book it s full of smoky atmosphere and it s a very rich and unflinching portrait If you love memoir, profiles, and of course The New Yorker this is a big, meaty book that I found made for a great vacation read.

  8. says:

    I did not read this whole book BUT there are two profiles in it that are utterly brilliant and unforgettable The most amazing one is on Ricky Jay, the magician, scholar, and unclassifiable entertainer I recall reading it in the New Yorker years ago and being blown away by it Jay is probably a true genius and might possibly be able to do real magic, if the stories told here about him are true You have to read it to believe it Plus, the article serves as a sort of introduction into the world of serious adult magicyes, I just wrote that The schools of thought, rivalries, egos, attempts to keep and or trade secretsit boggles the mind Finally, worth the price of the book is the description of Jay s forced interaction with his magiciandoggleganger The other wonderful profile is on Hemingway and it s a chilling portrait of Papa near the end My wife read the one on two mathematicians who work with pi and she loved it, even copied it for her high school Calculus class.

  9. says:

    These stories make the ordinary extraordinary, and although that may sound like a back cover review quote, it s true I started reading this book to get a break from Guns, Germs, and Steel I felt like every time I read about a new historical tribe or new society, it was a tease because the next chapter was about crops spread around the world before the year of Christ I do enjoy the book and I understand the magnitude of its purpose However, I miss hearing about people Individuals like Mr Hunter who owns a grave and studies the wild flowers that grow around gravestones And looked up icing in the dictionary and it said frosting for a cake, and then he looked up frosting and it said icing for a cake.

  10. says:

    One of the best books I ve ever read Sometimes when I read New Yorker Profiles, I think they re a little too in depth I read the first third and think, ok, I m good, but then it goes on and on beyond that point But right now this worked for me Almost every profile opened up dozens of doors in my mind, led me down new paths of thinking And almost every profile had at least one some had a dozen references which I didn t quite get I thought than once that going back and rereading, taking the time to look up every single reference I didn t know and every single unfamiliar word, would be as good as a college education in itself.

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