The New Yorker

10 Great Books for the Nonreaders on Your Holiday Gift List

If you’re a reader, you understand. For the holidays, all you want is a stack of books, so sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to get for your less literary-minded loved ones. Well, you can still give them books. But you have to choose carefully. Just as we did last year, this holiday season we’ve put together a helpful guide of new books that even your most prose-averse friends will love — whether they admit it to you or not. Click through to check out the gift guide, and let us know what you’re giving the nonreaders on your list in the comments. … Read More

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The Best Burns from BAM’s Gary Shteyngart Roast

Gary Shteyngart is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed literary novelists of his generation — but he isn’t just that. The New Yorker “20 Under 40″ list author is also New York literary society’s most beloved clown, the dark comic undertones of his novels extending into his public persona. Over the years, he’s exaggerated the excesses of his own personality to create for himself a bumbling, lecherous nebbish character who can’t even speak (much less read) English.

It was that character who hobbled onto the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, conspicuously overdressed in a black suit with a bow tie, for a Friars Club-style roast to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Shteyngart’s debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. Joined by host John Wesley Harding, his roasters included fellow authors Sloane Crosley, Kurt Andersen, and Edmund White, along with New Yorker Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman. Although, at under an hour, the program felt a bit too brief and — as Harding suggested at several moments — the ribbing was often too gentle, Shteyngart’s colleagues still managed to get in a few entertaining jokes. We’ve collected the best disses below, with apologies for excluding White’s, which were excellent but which we just couldn’t manage to transcribe because he was reading them very quickly from prepared notes. … Read More

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The Pop Cultural Landscape (According to Books)

Earlier this week, we spotted a great list of the most mentioned songs in literature over at PWxyz. They’d gotten their info from Small Demons, a fantastic website devoted to connecting books to each other and to the world in interesting ways. Inspired, we did some exploring of our own, and came up with a snapshot of the pop cultural landscape — at least if our books can be believed. Though all of these lists are of necessity always changing as new works get added to the database (and the world), we still think they give a pretty good picture — click through to see the artists, musicians, songs, films and even clothing brands that get most mentioned in literature printed in English, and let us know if you think the book world reflects our culture accurately in the comments. … Read More

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Preview Adrian Tomine’s ‘New York Drawings’

In Adrian Tomine’s New York, strangers in two passing subway cars connect, or next door neighbors bashfully turn away from each other, children gaze wistfully at the cityscape or cautiously at its streets, people are all alone, yet inevitably, irrepressibly connected. Tomine’s New York Drawings, which hits bookstores early next week, collects a decade of illustrations, sketches, drawings and, perhaps most recognizably, covers of The New Yorker in a beautiful single volume. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite illustrations (the first slide is this writer’s favorite cover of The New Yorker, bar none) after the jump. Click through to get just a taste of this great book, and if you happen to be in New York next week, you might consider stopping by to see the artist on October 2nd at McNally Jackson – otherwise, catch him at another stop on his tour. … Read More

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The Most Interesting Tidbits from J.K. Rowling’s ‘New Yorker’ Profile

In spite of her ubiquity — she’s sold an estimated four hundred and fifty million books — J.K. Rowling is known for being a private person who does relatively few interviews; but with The Casual Vacancy, her first novel geared toward adults due out on Thursday, she sat down with The New Yorker’s Ian Parker for a massive profile that is now available for free online. Assuming that most muggles won’t have the patience to wade through all ten pages of the piece, we’ve plucked out a few of the highlights below. Check them out, and let us know in the comments if you plan on picking up Rowling’s latest, which apparently is already setting pre-order records. … Read More

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Lena Dunham and Jon Hamm Explain ‘The New Yorker’ iPhone App

Exciting news for fans of The New Yorker: Thanks to a newly-launched app, you can now painlessly page through the magazine on your iPhone and because of tech advances with the way it handles paginated HTML, each issue will download to your phone a lot faster than the current iPad version of the mag. But wait, it gets even better! The New Yorker commissioned Lena Dunham to make a short film explaining the app and how to use it, and somehow, she roped Jon Hamm in on the project. Among the topics that they discuss in the resulting clip: the prospect of Hamm getting into Dunham’s “challenging” pants and how The New Yorker is like a horrible version of Rolling Stone. We have but one question: Will anyone in their audience who actually needs this kind of tutorial going to know who either of these guys are? Regardless, it’s pretty funny, so enjoy! … Read More

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Read an Unpublished F. Scott Fitzgerald Story from 1936

In some decidedly happier New Yorker news than what’s been circulating since the Jonah Lehrer fabrication scandal broke, this week’s issue includes a previously unpublished story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Titled “Thank You for the Light,” the short piece follows a traveling undergarment saleswoman who just wants to enjoy a cigarette, for heaven’s… Read More

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Jonah Lehrer, Caught Fabricating Bob Dylan Quote, Resigns from ‘New Yorker’

While the self-plagiarism charges leveled against New Yorker wunderkind Jonah Lehrer last month may have fallen into an ethical gray area, the writer’s misconduct was blatant enough in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, to end his career at the magazine. Following the publication today of a Tablet article proving… Read More

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Listen to a Rare 1960s Interview with Stanley Kubrick for ‘The New Yorker’

In this phenomenal and rare long interview conducted by New Yorker writer Jeremy Bernstein, which we discovered over at Open Culture, Stanley Kubrick talks about how he had “few intellectual interests as a child,” and “was a school misfit,” as well as his early interest in photography, his early film work and his feature films, including Paths of GloryLolita and Dr. Strangelove. Though Kubrick didn’t generally like giving long interviews, Bernstein got him interested by playing chess with him while they talked. However, it was Kubrick who suggested they tape it. “My interviews were done before tape recorders were commonplace,” Bernstein later wrote. “I certainly didn’t have one. Kubrick did. He did all his script writing by talking into it. He said that we should use it for the interviews. Later on, when I used a quote from the tape he didn’t like, he said, ‘I know it’s on the tape, but I will deny saying it anyway.’” Only you, Stanley Kubrick. … Read More

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George Clooney to Direct Film Adaptation of ‘New Yorker’ Feature ‘The Yankee Commandante’

If you’re a New Yorker subscriber, we probably don’t have to tell you about “The Yankee Comandante,” David Grann’s lengthy feature that ran in the magazine’s May 28th issue. Filling 23 tightly packed pages, the piece relates the strange tale of William Alexander Morgan, an American who fought alongside the rebels in the… Read More

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