September 16, 2012
It was planned to be the perfect day trip for a guess-I'm-retired New Yorker who thought he loved baseball and Italian food equally: take the bargain bus down to Baltimore, get the free birthday-month ticket in the upper deck, watch a meaningful game between two teams in playoff contention for two-and-a-half hours, and then take the free bus over to Little Italy where I would be confronted by the same daunting challenge I have every time I've been...
July 5, 1992
Tina Brown, editor of the sassy and hugely successful Vanity Fair magazine, seems an unlikely choice to head the staid but venerable New Yorker -- so unlikely that one observer suggested her appointment was a bit like choosing Madonna to direct the New York City Ballet.Yet Ms. Brown's talent for combining glamour, gossip and good writing in a stylish package is not so far afield from the magazine's traditions. Founder Harold Ross, who edited the 67-year-old magazine until his death in 1951, shaped a periodical that was never boring.
October 24, 1994
NEW YORK -- The financial difficulties that prompted the collapse of Whittle Communications Corp., the once high-flying alternative media company led by the entrepreneur Christopher Whittle, were significantly more severe than previously believed and masked in part by accounting misrepresentations, says an article in The New Yorker.The article also reported that Benno C. Schmidt Jr., the chief executive of the Edison Project, Whittle's expensive effort to found a chain of privatized schools, recommended to the Edison board that Mr. Whittle be removed as chairman.
June 5, 1993
By altering quotations and the circumstances in which they were said, author Janet Malcolm defamed psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson in a New Yorker magazine article. That was the conclusion reached by a jury this week in a celebrated libel case. The jury's inability to agree on how much Mr. Masson should collect is a side issue to all but the protagonists and their lawyers.Some quotes attributed to Mr. Masson were not always the words he used, nor were they always uttered at the time or circumstances described in the article.
March 9, 1995
Paris. -- The New Yorker magazine has just observed its 70th birthday, with a perfumed double issue and a party. The celebration might better have been denominated in fortnights rather than years, though, since today's New Yorker came into being in October 1992, and is not the magazine founded by Harold Ross in 1925.The new New Yorker is a journal of gossip and insider reports on show-business and fashion, Washington politics, Madison Avenue and Wall Street dealing. It is a publication at the expensive end of a market which has the sordid London tabloid at its low end.I don't say the American tabloid, which has always been sophisticated, with a disabused and knowing attitude toward power and celebrity, a wise-guy attitude, whereas the London tabloid, like the new New Yorker, is in connivance with the people it writes about, whom it envies and indirectly flatters.
March 19, 1995
'Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker,' by ThomasKunkel. 497 pages. New York: Random House. $25 The best reason to read a literary biography about the editor of a humor magazine is to be entertained, at least every now and then. But there is little fun in 'Genius in Disguise,' the life of Harold Ross (1892-1951), founder and first editor of the New Yorker and a great eccentric.Ross was an unlikely person to create a sophisticated magazine. The son of a Colorado silver prospector, he dropped out of school in the 10th grade to become an itinerant reporter.