Posts Tagged: Sorry

'The Wire' and the Realism Canard

David Simon's The Wire, which is set to soon be re-broadcast in high definition, continues to be hailed, in some corners, as the greatest television show of all time. In an effort to elevate it to the level of high art, many critics (including Simon himself) have reached for comparisons with other, less lumpen forms, from Greek tragedy to Dickens—anything, in short, that isn't a television show. But Linda Williams, a professor of film studies and rhetoric at Berkeley, in her new book, On The Wire, thinks that the show's greatest accomplishment is its use of melodrama. I talked to Williams last month about melodrama and [...]


"The facts of the crash speak for themselves"

"The facts of the crash speak for themselves: The car was being driven at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, and the driver’s blood alcohol level was approximately three times the legal limit. The person who killed our son has yet to speak with us or offer an apology." —Well, I'm going back to bed. (via)


This NYC Cop Rape Case Is the Worst

Unsurprisingly, I'm not particularly enjoying each morning's report from the New York City police offer rape trial. (Yeah, go figure.) Here's part one and here's part two, and it's a rotten thing to wake up and read. The story, in brief, is that a young woman came home to the East Village intoxicated; she needed help getting out of the cab, so the cabbie called 911; two cops arrived, took her in; paid the cab; and then they returned to her apartment three more times that night. (They said they were discussing her alcoholism with her, which, that's not something you do while someone has come home [...]


And Now, the 84th Reason I Hate Adderall

Basically all my friends take Adderall. It's sort of fine? I mean, it's not like all of them are on the heroin or something. And as far as I can gather, most of the effects of The Ivy Speed, as I like to call it, are internal-by which I mean, I can't always tell! I wouldn't know. (Though I can tell when you're writing on Adderall, yes I can. That is reason #52 why I hate it. All that focusing really does something to your syntax. Something bad!) Still, I hate it, and find it boring, and I hate its massive over-use in young people (reason #17) though it's [...]


All the New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While the Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All the New Yorker Stories They Link To

Featured Collection: Profiles, New Yorker

"Isadora," January 10, 1927

"Secrets of the Magus," April 5, 1993

"Covering the Cops," February 17, 1986

"Two Heads," February 12, 2007

"The Man Who Walks on Air," April 5, 1999

"Delta Nights," June 5, 2000

Love Stories, by Deborah Treisman, New Yorker

"What Is Remembered," Alice Munro, February 19, 2001

"The Love of My Life," T. C. Boyle, March 6, 2000

"Reverting to a Wild State," Justin Torres, August 1, 2011

"Jon," George Saunders, January 27, 2013

"The Surrogate," Tessa Hadley, September 15, 2003

"Clara," Roberto Bolaño, August 4, [...]


Atlanta Rap News Roundup

What's going on with Atlantan trap rap? ("Trap" is regional slang for the drug market. Trapping is selling drugs. Trap rap is rap music centered around and focussed on the drug market.) Well, first of all, OJ Da Juiceman is never going to catch those sneaky kids who steal the money from his dice game while he's wearing so much gold. He can't run fast enough if he has to hold all his chains against his chest to make sure they don't fly around and hit him in the face! (This is reminiscent of the old I'm Gonna Git You Sucka joke about people dying from "O.G." or [...]


A Really Big Thing I Wish Wasn't True About New York City

This Jim Dwyer Times column actually does make the case quite well that New York City actively works to retain its 50% jobless rate for black men of working age-or increase it, I suppose, as the racial disparity in official unemployment increased during the latest recession-and that the City has a system of policies and procedures to not only create success and profit for the white and/or already well-off but also to keep black and/or poor people excluded from opportunity, not only by barring them from avenues of success but by introducing them disproportionately to the criminal justice system.


Apparently Monster-Hung Terry Richardson Has a Way with Models

"Who the heck specifically requests a handjob, that most unpopular of sex acts which, were we casting a sex act version of The Breakfast Club, would undoubtedly play the part intended for Anthony Michael Hall? I'll tell you: high school boys and Terry Richardson." -Lass photographed by celeb photog explains WHOA WAY TOO MUCH.


Time To Burn Everything You Own That Is Red

Good news for people who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy! According to the fashion department of New York magazine, "the color of the season is a deep, red wine: somewhere between bordeaux and burgundy," so you were going to have to replace everything anyway.


Duane Reade's High-End Pivot: Gamifying the Pharmacy Experience!

Duane Reade's 22,000 square foot store, opening in the 40 Wall Street Trump building tomorrow? " It includes opulent amenities like a hair salon for shampoos, blow dries and blowouts; a nail bar for manicures and massages; a pharmacy with a doctor on hand for consultation during the week; and a grocery market featuring sushi and smoothie bars. There is also a stock ticker."

This is all the fault of the hipsters, who made sweet love to the Duane Reade hipster pharmacy ("which features a bar that sells 64-ounce bottles of beer") in Williamsburg. (After complaining about it endlessly, of course.) Now you'll all get the pharmacy you [...]


Bob Miller: HarperStudio Was a Failure

Thanks to Joe Clark, here is a recent secret speech by Bob Miller (secret = it took place in Canada), who jumped ship on the innovative, profit-sharing imprint HarperStudio just as it was beginning and surprised everyone by going off to head Workman Publishing, fine publishers of Brain Quest Write & Erase Set: Alphabet and The Big Breakfast Diet. This resulted in HarperCollins shuttering the imprint.


Horrifying South Africa Rape Statistics Compiled

Sorry, everything is so horribly dark today! It might be the pouring rain. Or you know, the end of the world. Here, here is the worst story on earth, which is an anonymous survey of 1738 men on how often they have raped people in two provinces of South Africa. A full 28% of men surveyed admitted to raping women; 10% of men said they'd been raped by another man. Least surprising: half of the rapists said they had done it more than once. Okay onward with this day I guess.