If it hasn’t already come up, I love The New Yorker. I take the whole week (from when one arrives to when the next one will arrive) to peruse, read, scan, skim, reread and generally handle my New Yorker issue. I have a system: check the table of contents for favorites, flip through 1) for the comics and 2) for articles that are must reads. Then I take a break (a few hours or a day). Only then do I begin reading, perusing, etc. I like the experience to last–sort of like chain smoking.
My July 5 issue started (back of cover) with a huge photo of one of my favorite artists, Chuck Close. Apparently he’s doing something creative with aol. I’m in. I love his paintings so much and every year that I take students to MOMA, his one piece that they’ve got is NEVER on display. Maybe next year.
Then the July 12 & 19 issue features a double page ad on Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth as a “epic event” on starz. Pause. Think. Try not to get upset. I can’t even imagine how one might butcher this amazing story into “an 8-part epic event” and what is starz? I assume it’s a channel, but what type of channel? Good grief.
So what to deduce from the high point of Chuck Close to the forehead-slapping ad for starz? Even the best magazine on the planet can take a severe turn–to starz nonetheless!