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The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town

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William Shawn once called The Talk of the Town the soul of the magazine. The section began in the first issue, in 1925. But it wasn't until a couple of years later, when E. B. White and James Thurber arrived, that the Talk of the Town story became what it is today: a precise piece of journalism that always gets the story and has a little fun along the way.

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Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Modern Library
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Apr 02, 2008 Summer rated it it was amazing
Here is the great thing about the New Yorker: its writing style has always been the same and will always be the same - they still spell it "cöoperative", for gosh sakes. Most of the short essays in here, if not for the topical matter (stars of stage and screen of the 1930s, etc.), could very well feel at home in the pages of this week's issue. In a world where that venerable Grey Lady, the New York Times, is downsizing like a teen pop sensation turned drugged-out party girl, it's nice to know th ...more
Jun 05, 2014 patty rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Fun read -- especially the bits from the 1930's-1950's.
M. Milner
Aug 24, 2012 M. Milner rated it liked it
An enjoyable collection of short pieces from The New Yorker. There's a few good pieces here, like AJ Liebling hanging with Camus, John Updike hiking through New York, John McPhee in a virgin forest, David Remnick on the Mets/Yankees World Series, but mostly they're more fun than memorable. Those looking for anything in-depth won't see much here. It's a nice book to pick up and go through a story or two at a time.
Mar 07, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
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A selection from the archives means the hindsight here is beyond twenty-twenty, but it was really fun to read about Diego Rivera installing his murals at MoMA in the 1930s, then to go see them on display in 2012, or to walk the streets Updike did during his famous midtown through-the-middle-of-the-block stroll.
Terence Carlisle
Gem after sparkling gem....a wonderful anthology of short "Talk of the Town" pieces from the The New Yorker of Ross, Shawn, and onward. All the greats put their hand in....
Apr 23, 2007 Joy rated it really liked it
As if I didn't love the New Yorker enough, I now even love the Talk of the Town column, which I used to skip over. I don't know why. I guess becase they're so short. But these columns illustrate how much you can do with 1,000 words or less...
Oct 18, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
This books is the tits. Check it out and be glad you did. But please wait until my friend Kay finishes reading it. She has it checked out from the library.

Jun 03, 2007 Susannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I adore the New Yorker. And I adore this collection of pieces, especially since it includes some of my favourite authors.
E Jeanne Harnois
Dec 25, 2013 E Jeanne Harnois rated it it was amazing
Taken together, these essays are a unique history of New York.
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