Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker

A viral Books Life Stories Profiles from The New Yorker published One of art s purest challenges is to translate a human being into words The New Yorker has met this challenge successfully and o

A viral Books Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker published 2020 One of art s purest challenges is to translate a human being into words The New Yorker has met this challenge successfully and originally than any other modern American journal It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile Starting with light fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of the twenties and thirties, such as Henry Luce aOne of art s purest challenges is to translate a human being into words The New Yorker has met this challenge successfully and originally than any other modern American journal It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile Starting with light fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of the twenties and thirties, such as Henry Luce and Isadora Duncan, and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Richard Pryor, this collection of New Yorker Profiles presents readers with a portrait gallery of some of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century These Profiles are literary journalistic investigations into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and ugliness, and are unrivalled in their range, their variety of style, and their embrace of humanity.Including these twenty eight profiles Mr Hunter s Grave by Joseph Mitchell Secrets of the Magus by Mark Singer Isadora by Janet Flanner The Soloist by Joan Acocella Time Fortune Life Luce by Walcott Gibbs Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody by Ian Frazier The Mountains of Pi by Richard Preston Covering the Cops by Calvin Trillin Travels in Georgia by John McPhee The Man Who Walks on Air by Calvin Tomkins A House on Gramercy Park by Geoffrey Hellman How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen by Lillian Ross The Education of a Prince by Alva Johnston White Like Me by Henry Louis Gates, Jr Wunderkind by A J Liebling Fifteen Years of The Salto Mortale by Kenneth Tynan The Duke in His Domain by Truman Capote A Pryor Love by Hilton Als Gone for Good by Roger Angell Lady with a Pencil by Nancy Franklin Dealing with Roseanne by John Lahr The Coolhunt by Malcolm Gladwell Man Goes to See a Doctor by Adam Gopnik Show Dog by Susan Orlean Forty One False Starts by Janet Malcolm The Redemption by Nicholas Lemann Gore Without a Script by Nicholas Lemann Delta Nights by Bill Buford. Bestseller Ebook Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker Below are listed the essays in the order they appear in the book. In parentheses are the persons about which the respective essays are about. Then is stated the author and my personal rating of the essay. Please do keep in mind that even a 2 stars rating indicates that I felt the essay was OK, 3 stars means I liked it, 4 that I liked it a lot and 5 that it was fantastic. The average of my ratings comes to between 3 and 4. I am choosing to give the entire book 4 because when I look at the whole, I liked it a lot. Some essays were very funny. Others told me stuff about people I knew absolutely nothing about; they made me curious to know more. None were bad, but for some of the 2 star essays I just felt they could have given me more or I had a hard getting interested. I have put a few comments under each essay. 1.How Do You Like it Now, Gentlemen? (Ernest Hemingway), by Lillian Ross (3stars)* It is interesting to observe that Hemingway never seemed really to listen to people; people conversing don’t seem to be relating to what the other says!2.Lady with a Pencil (Katharine White), by Nancy Franklin (4stars)* Having just read essays by E.B. White (One Man's Meat) I totally enjoyed learning about his wife! Who would have known what a fascinating person she would prove to be too?!3.Wunderkind (Floyd Patterson), by A.J. Liebling (2 stars)* Boxing is hard for me to get enthused about. 4.A Pryor Love (Richard Pryor), by Hilton Als (3 stars) * Pryor’s belief that humor can and should be used to lessen hatred struck a chord with me. 5.A Duke in His Domain (Marlon Brando), by Truman Capote (3 stars) * He often said not to pay attention to what he said; tomorrow he may think differently. I liked the description of places in Japan and learning about his relationship with his parents. 6.The Coolhunt (Baysie Wightman and DeeDee Gordon), by Michael Gladwell (4 stars) * In fancy words this is about “diffusion research”; in simple terms it’s about spotting trendsetters or what and who is and will be cool. For a person totally uninterested in trends, that I should found this essay so fascinating is in itself utterly amazing. 7.Mr. Hunter's Grave (George H. Hunter), by Joseph Mitchell (5 stars) * This is about an 87 year old Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Methodist Church on Staten Island. It is about the community of people who lived on “Sandy Ground” going back to the mid-1800s, about oyster fishing and clam bakes and wild flowers and grave stones. It is beautifully written. It is about a place people need to know once existed. This essay is one of the many found in the anthology Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell.You don’t want to miss this book! Then you will want to read Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker too.8.The Man Who Walks on Air (Philippe Petit), by Calvin Tomkins (3 stars) * Definitely interesting, particularly if you have already read Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin. Both are about the very same high-wire artist. 9.Isadora (Isadora Duncan), by Janet Flanner (2 stars) * In fact it was this essay that pushed me to choose the book. I wanted to learn more about the famed American dancer Isadore Duncan. It gave me very little. 10.Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody (Heloise), by Ian Frazier (4 stars) * I knew nothing about this syndicated columnist! She is every home-maker’s guru. This is extremely funny. Now I want to read her columns. She advises one to “never to clean out a drawer when you are not in a throw-away-mood.” Having worked in a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Parlor she refutes the claim that “You’ll get tired of ice cream if you work there.” She finally quit because she gained so much weight! I would have to quit too. No, I would never take such a job!11.Covering the Cops (Edna Buchanan), by Calvin Trillin (3 stars) * Edna Buchanan was a reporter for the Miami Herald.She was the reporter that covered the cops, and yeah she specialized in murder. The article is well written; you are pulled in close and it has humor. 12.Show Dog (Biff Truesdale), by Susan Orlean (4 stars) * Biff is a boxer. I mean the dog type. I don’t know really if I was supposed to laugh from start to finish, but I did. It is about dog trainers, dog breeders and dog showing.Okay, these are only essays; they are not deep biographies. The title is accurate. We are promised profiles and we are given profiles. What we read is well written. I laughed and I learned and my interest was whetted for more. The audiobook is narrated by Philip Bosco, Amy Irving and Alton Fitzgerald White. All are very well done. Easy to follow and read with understanding of what was written. Humor is captured well too.
Life Stories Profiles from The New Yorker Modern Library Life Stories Profiles from The New Yorker Modern Library Paperback Paperback May , The New Yorker s Profiles The New Yorker Nov , That s flattering, but not quite true as David Remnick writes, in his introduction to Life Stories, our collection of Profiles, if a Profile is a biographical piece a concise rendering of a How to Write a Profile Tips for a Compelling Piece Understanding Your Innate Role Why Your Profile is So If you have a someone in your life with a third line in their profile, go easy on them They will make mistakes, but their life experiences will enrich their lives and yours If you have a third line in your own profile, enjoy the journey and learn to laugh and embrace the movement and change in your life Profiles and . Life Story Work Dementia UK Life Story work is an activity in which the person with dementia is supported by staff and family members to gather and review their past life events and build a personal biography It is used to help the person understand their past experiences and how they have coped with events in their life. Better Dementia Care Life Story Questionnaire CPI When you know the person s life story, you can meet those emotional needs Reduce difficult behaviors At Dementia Care Specialists, we teach that % of difficult behaviors are triggered by the environment or unintentionally by care partners Think of how greatly you can reduce that percentage when you truly understand a person s likes

  1. David Remnick born October 29, 1958 is an American journalist, writer, and magazine editor He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998 He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000 Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post He has also served on the New York Public Library s board of trustees In 2010 he published his sixth book, The Bridge The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.Remnick was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of a dentist, Edward C Remnick, and an art teacher, Barbara Seigel He was raised in Hillsdale, New Jersey, in a secular Jewish home with, he has said, a lot of books around He is also childhood friends with comedian Bill Maher He graduated from Princeton University in 1981 with an A.B in comparative literature there, he met writer John McPhee and helped found The Nassau Weekly Remnick has implied that after college he wanted to write novels, but due to his parents illnesses, he needed a paying job there was no trust fund to rely on Remnick wanted to be a writer, so he chose a career in journalism, taking a job at The Washington Post He is married to reporter Esther Fein of The New York Times and has three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha He enjoys jazz music and classic cinema and is fluent in Russian.He began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982 shortly after his graduation from Princeton His first assignment was to cover the United States Football League After six years, in 1988, he became the newspaper s Moscow correspondent, which provided him with the material for Lenin s Tomb He also received the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.Remnick became a staff writer at The New Yorker in September, 1992, after ten years at The Washington Post.Remnick s 1997 New Yorker article Kid Dynamite Blows Up, about boxer Mike Tyson, was nominated for a National Magazine Award In 1998 he became editor, succeeding Tina Brown Remnick promoted Hendrik Hertzberg, a former Jimmy Carter speechwriter and former editor of The New Republic, to write the lead pieces in Talk of the Town, the magazine s opening section In 2005 Remnick earned 1 million for his work as the magazine s editor.In 2003 he wrote an editorial supporting the Iraq war in the days when it started In 2004, for the first time in its 80 year history, The New Yorker endorsed a presidential candidate, John Kerry.In May 2009, Remnick was featured in a long form Twitter account of Dan Baum s career as a New Yorker staff writer The tweets, written over the course of a week, described the difficult relationship between Baum and Remnick, his editor.Remnick s biography of President Barack Obama, The Bridge, was released on April 6, 2010 It features hundreds of interviews with friends, colleagues, and other witnesses to Obama s rise to the presidency of the United States The book has been widely reviewed in journals.In 2010 Remnick lent his support to the campaign urging the release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of ordering the murder of her husband by her lover and adultery.In 2013 Remnick 81 was the guest speaker at Princeton University Class Day.Remnick provided guest commentary and contributed to NBC coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia including the opening ceremony and commentary for NBC News.

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  1. Below are listed the essays in the order they appear in the book In parentheses are the persons about which the respective essays are about Then is stated the author and my personal rating of the essay Please do keep in mind that even a 2 stars rating indicates that I felt the essay was OK, 3 stars means I liked it, 4 that I liked it a lot and 5 that it was fantastic The average of my ratings comes to between 3 and 4 I am choosing to give the entire book 4 because when I look at the whole, I lik [...]


  2. So I haven t actually read this whole book, just several of the essays, but I have been spending a lot of my time lately with my nose in the New Yorker archives My print subscription ran out a few months ago, but for some reason my digital subscription and archive access hasn t changed The biggest problem with the New Yorker archives is that unless you know what you re looking for, it s hard to run across anything interesting What they need is a digital archivist, like Sports Illustrated has, wh [...]


  3. Re reading this collection ten years later, it strikes me that a lot of these profiles haven t aged very well, especially ones written by male writers on female subjects The one exception, the profile that most endures, to me at least, is Janet Malcolm s 41 False Starts, which is a masterpiece of form echoing content.


  4. This was amazing the best collection of essays I ve read since, well, the best American essays of the century collection Coming from the New Yorker this collection has of a formula there is a certain style that runs throughout, despite the variation in subject and I suppose a certain similarity of perspective that of an uptown Eastern elite looking with somewhat clinical interest down on the specimen Nonetheless these are wonderfully entertaining and also terribly educational for a non American [...]



  5. This is a big fat book of over 600 pages But the quality of the writing and variety of the subject matter keeps it fresh I especially loved checking out the different approaches the writers take to reveal their subjects some conventional and some much less so Mr Hunter s Grave the first story is the master of the form It s so quiet and unassuming with such beautiful prose The Education of a Prince wins for pure reading enjoyment Dealing with Roseanne is funny and bold and is the best psychologic [...]


  6. Remick, David ed LIFE STORIES PROFILES FROM THE NEW Yorker 2000 I usually read the profiles in The New Yorker, but since I m no longer a subscriber I m at the mercy of my local library when I can get there Also, there were certainly a lot of issues before I became a subscriber that I missed All that aside, this is a selection of some of the finest profiles that appeared over the years The New Yorker profile is not a biography, but a concise rendering of a life through anecdote, incident, interv [...]


  7. I did not read this whole book BUT there are two profiles in it that are utterly brilliant and unforgettable The most amazing one is on Ricky Jay, the magician, scholar, and unclassifiable entertainer I recall reading it in the New Yorker years ago and being blown away by it Jay is probably a true genius and might possibly be able to do real magic, if the stories told here about him are true You have to read it to believe it Plus, the article serves as a sort of introduction into the world of se [...]


  8. These stories make the ordinary extraordinary, and although that may sound like a back cover review quote, it s true I started reading this book to get a break from Guns, Germs, and Steel I felt like every time I read about a new historical tribe or new society, it was a tease because the next chapter was about crops spread around the world before the year of Christ I do enjoy the book and I understand the magnitude of its purpose However, I miss hearing about people Individuals like Mr Hunter w [...]


  9. One of the best books I ve ever read Sometimes when I read New Yorker Profiles, I think they re a little too in depth I read the first third and think, ok, I m good, but then it goes on and on beyond that point But right now this worked for me Almost every profile opened up dozens of doors in my mind, led me down new paths of thinking And almost every profile had at least one some had a dozen references which I didn t quite get I thought than once that going back and rereading, taking the time [...]


  10. I was going to read the essays on Roseanne and Richard Pryor and call it quits but this whole book is really incredible Especially and unexpectedly interesting essays on the Chudnovsky Bros Anatole Broyard, Ricky Jay, and Heloise On Anatole Broyard You know, he turned it into a joke And when you change something basic about yourself into a joke, it spreads, it metastasizes, and so his whole presentation of self became completely ironic Everything about him was ironic Also introduced me to this I [...]


  11. Some amazing profiles in here And some older, less interesting ones Two that surprised me were Dealing with Rosanne by John Lahr he painted such a full portrait of what she has overcome to be who she is I was floored And Man Goes to See a Doctor Max Grosskurth by Adam Gopnik That one brought tears to my eyes a weird thing task when you re reading about someone s shrink Also enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell s The Coolhunt and Nancy Franklin s Lady with a Pencil about Katharine White and Hilton Als profil [...]


  12. These were my favorite stories from the mix Well written and well read.Isadora Isadora Duncan , by Janet FlannerNobody Better, Better Than Nobody Heloise , by Ian FrazierThe Coolhunt Baysie Wightman and DeeDee Gordon , by Michael GladwellMr Hunter s Grave George H Hunter , by Joseph MitchellShow Dog Biff Truesdale , by Susan OrleanThe Man Who Walks on Air Philippe Petit , by Calvin TomkinsCovering the Cops Edna Buchanan , by Calvin Trillin


  13. A collection of profiles from the magazine that invented or notably developed the genre, the subjects range from Ernest Heningway to an unknown state wildlife employee The charm of the anthology is not only in the pieces, which are individually interesting, nor in the authors, who are among the twentieth century s best, but in their arrangement It adds something to read a profile of Mikhail Baryshnikov right after a profile of Isadora Duncan from several decades earlier


  14. Read profiles of a gentleman named Hemmingway and a doting New Yorker magazine woman editor Katherine White who was the consummate worrier over the magazine s writers Included also are Al Gore and Adam Gopnik In the latter, Mr Gopnik writes about his experience with psychoanalysis and learns about some worthwhile things in Life.


  15. This was a wonderful book The people profiled in this book had interesting lives and the authors of the stores did a great job of articulating that point I really liked the George W Bush and Al Gore profiles one right after the other The first profile Mister Hunter s Grave is amazing Could go on I loved them all.


  16. In my opinion, some profiles were better than others Ross Hemingway rocked However, the collection contains such a big variety that I believe it will have a profile that will interest anyone.8 22 12 This book also gives the reader an idea what kind of nonfiction writers the reader enjoys.


  17. I wanted this book to be perfect and it wasn t It made me realize that too many New Yorker profiles are too long and too staidly written That said, there are some fantastic examples of the form here The contributions from Richard Preston, Lillian Ross, Henry Louis Gates, Jr, and janet Malcolm are stunning.


  18. I wasn t sure what to make of this book the first story was outstanding but after a while it all seemed a bit same y I was told by the guy in the bookstore to go straight to the story about Madonna Luck I didn t because I got through 2 pages about the Material Girl, closed the book, and haven t opened it since.


  19. I wish I could write half as well as these writers Brilliant profiles, a huge inspiration to my own writing Even if you re not a writer you should really enjoy the stories of some of these people Some of my favourite profiles were of Marlon Brando, Steve Blass and Ricky Jay, among others.


  20. Life Stories is a collection of profiles published in the New Yorker Most are by famous New Yorker writers Joseph Mitchell, AJ Liebling, Lillian Ross, Ian Frazier but only one piece from each writer was allowed by the editor.


  21. A marvelous collection of some of the best Profiles pieces from The New Yorker magazine over the last 80 years The writing is impeccable, the subjects fascinating, and the pleasure quotient immeasurable.


  22. These are examples of an amazing genre I love to read the New Yorker s profiles when I have time Joseph Mitchell, the author of Mr Hunter s Grave, has a collection out entitledUp in the Old Hotel, which I highly recommend.






  23. The Al Gore profile was worth the price of the entire book Too bad the others that were chosen were not nearly as memorable or as good as in recent New Yorkers.




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