Saturday, October 1, 2011

#274 / The New Yorker Festival

The New Yorker magazine has a venerable history. My history with the magazine began in the 1970-1971 academic year, when I attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City. I found The New Yorker invaluable because it provided such a helpful guide to all the things going on around town.

Before then, if I saw The New Yorker somewhere, in some waiting room or another, I read the cartoons. Really, that was about the extent of it. I didn't know what I was missing by way of content. Now, however, I have a vivid appreciation of what The New Yorker publishes each week. I have been a subscriber for more than thirty years, and not so much for its "Goings On About Town" information as for its coverage of philosophy, fiction, politics, music, film, business, technology, and the arts.

And of course, I still love the cartoons.

In recent years, The New Yorker has made it a point to hold an annual "Festival" in early October, and to invite readers to attend small venue programs with many of the magazine's best writers. I try to go. Click here, or on the image, to see the program for this year's Festival. And this year, you don't actually have to go to New York City to be a part of the excitement. A streaming video conference pass is a lot less costly than a round trip ticket!

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