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Oct. 18, 2010 The New Yorker

On Oct. 18, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Next Level” about category killers store chains that destroy independent small businesses. Toys R Us, CompUSA, Circuit City, Borders and Blockbuster all led their categories by wiping out the competition. They are all in trouble or out of business. Having killed their categories, have they killed themselves. Blockbuster failed to make the transition from bricks to clicks fast enough. Netflix, however, dominated the mailing DVD market but managed to transition into video streaming by moving quickly if not smoothly.

Sean Wilentz wrote “Confounding Fathers” about the Tea Party roots in 1950s McCarthy era paranoia.

Ben McGrath wrote “Search And Destroy” about Gawker Media founder Nick Denton.

Adam Gopnik wrote “Market Man” about Adam Smith, who unlike what some people think, thought you should be nice and generous with people.

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Oct. 11, 2010 The New Yorker

Oct. 11, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Business Movie Business” about movies like Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Corporations are again villains in movies like The Constant Gardener and Michael Clayton like they were during the Great Depression (recommend Baby Face).

Jake Halpern wrote “Pay Up” about bill collectors who cannot pay their bills.

Sep. 20, 2010 The New Yorker

On Sep. 20, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Second Helpings” about the government’s successful 2009 economic stimulus program and Republican opposition to a second stimulus program. It is hard to take credit for preventing a worse disaster.

Jose Antonio Vargas wrote “The Face Of Facebook” about Mark Zuckerberg and the movie “The Social Network.”

Louis Menand wrote “Parodies Lost” about humor being hardwired into humans.

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Aug. 30, 2010 The New Yorker

On Aug. 30, 2010 The New Yorker’s Ian Frazier wrote “On The Prison Highway” about a visit to Siberian gulag.

Oliver Sacks wrote “Face Blind” about people who cannot recognize individual faces.

Jane Mayer wrote “Covert Operations” about David Koch and Charles Koch, two very old conservative billionaires who send millions of dollars to promote their own agenda. Their father started the family oil and chemical business by dealing with Josef Stalin. They quietly  support the Tea Party and Americans for Prosperity and many other “Astro Turf” or false grassroots organizations.

Adam Gopnik wrote “Finest Hours” about Winston Churchill.

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Aug. 16, 2010 The New Yorker

On Aug. 16, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Soak The Very, Very Rich” about ending the Bush tax cut. Only three percent of Americans make over $250,000 and they would barely notice a slight tax increase. During the Bush Administration, the top one percent saw income grow ten percent versus the bottom ninety-nine percent who only saw income grow only 1.3 percent. French economist Thomas Pinketty says the very rich are becoming the very very rich. This disparity was last seen just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression. Taxing higher brackets would help governments help more people. The upper ten percent has to realize that if they do not act, they may become the 99 percent and not the one percent.

Joan Acocella wrote “Queen Of Crime” about British mystery writer Agatha Christie.

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Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker

Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Blame Games” about Wall Street blaming the slow economic recovery from their collapse on Obama. They fear regulation that never happened. Fareed Zakaria noted that “…Fortune 500 companies are sitting on a cash hoard of 1.8 trillion.” Do they fear a recovery even more? By pouting, if will they be missing out. They may be holding themselves back.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Scales Fall” about overfishing. There are no longer plenty of fish in the sea.

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Jul. 1, 2010 Smithsonian

The July/August 2010 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine’s 40 Anniversary issue was titled “40 Things You Need To Know About The Next 40 Years.”

Abigail Tucker wrote “The Next King Of The Seas” about the rise of jellyfish in dying oceans. Tucker also wrote “Buying Time” about sea level rise destroying Carolina wildlife habitat.

T. A. Frail wrote “Farms Go To Town” about urban farming.

Joel Kotkin wrote “Ready Set Grow” about America having 400 million people by 2050. Most will be poor. Social mobility has already ended with the economic collapse in 2008.

Gretchen Vogel wrote “Organs Made To Order” about tailor made transplants.

Mark Strauss wrote “The Future Of History” about the inevitable declassification of secret documents.

Michael Rosenwald wrote “The Genius Of Small Things” about the rise and spread of nanotechnology.

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Oct. 12, 2009 The New Yorker

On Oct. 12 2009 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Inconspicuous Consumption” about consumers going into debt before the Great Recession and their reduced spending afterward. Prudence and reason prevail until the next recovery.

Ken Auletta wrote “Searching For Trouble” about Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin dealing with growth and change.

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May 1, 2009 National Geographic Arctic Land Grab

May 1, 2009 National Geographic magazine’s Verlyn Klinkenborg, Diane Cook and Len Jenshel put together a story “Up On The Roof” about creating urban farming and green space.

McKenzie Funk wrote “Arctic Land Grab.” Because of global warming, America, Canada, Denmark, Greenland, Norway, Russia, and other nations are jockeying for control of resources under the Arctic Ocean.

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The Complete Cartoons Of The NewYorker


Edited By Robert Mankoff

Foreword By David Remnik

Introduction By Adam Gopnik Text from

Get this book and the DVD that comes with it! There are tens of thousands of cartoons covering some eighty years of the NewYorker magazine. Cartoonists range from James Thurber to Charles Addams, meaning there is something for everybody in this tome. Highly recommended.

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Feb. 23, 2007 Future Salon Leonard Schlain

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When I first heard that the Future Salon was hosting the author of The Alphabet and The Goddess, I thought of Saturday Night Live and Nora Dunn’s sketch “Women Good, Men Bad”. The sketch boiled down a whole genre of books describing men as jerks. I got e-mail from friends who wanted to know if I was going to this month’s EstroFest and Lillith Fair. I went and it wasn’t that way at all.

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About Town

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About Town
by Ben Yagoda
Another exhaustive book about The New Yorker Magazine. Yagoda went through donated archives and comes up with a detailed story about how a magazine took shape and fossilized. A lesson to those who want to build a brand in publishing.

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