Posts Tagged ‘The New Yorker’

Crickets. Yum!

August 12, 2020

Cricket farmers Adam Brody and Jude Tallichet raise insects in their Manhattan apartments. On purpose. For food. They want you to add the musical hoppers to your diet. A New Yorker video.

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Why People Treat Their Dogs Like Humans

March 23, 2020

“Why People Treat Their Dogs Like Humans,” from The New Yorker.  Some pet owners are supplying their pups with everything from “pawdicures,” five-star dog hotels and private chefs. Is that good for pooches?

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One Hundred Years of Coney Island

January 2, 2020

A century of Coney Island, as seen by The New Yorker.

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Astrology: From Mesopotamia to Instagram

December 20, 2019

Millennials are fuelling a resurgence of astrology though social media and phone apps. Christine Smallwood explains in this New Yorker video. More here.

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Campaign Songs

August 30, 2019

“What Campaign Songs Tell Us About Presidential Candidates,” a New Yorker video with Amanda Petrusich.

More:

“Deciphering the Presidential-Campaign Songs of the 2020 Race,” Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker

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The M.T.A. Workout

August 15, 2018

“Welcome to the new M.T.A.: Metropolitan Transit Athletics! Grab a towel, swipe your MetroCard, and get ready to sweat. Daily membership costs only $2.75.”

“The M.T.A. Workout,” a fitness plan by The New Yorker.

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Breakfast Cereal: Shot From Guns

May 10, 2018

Dave Arnold and the staff of the Museum of Food and Drink demonstrate the breakfast cereal puffing gun, which débuted at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

Produced by Sky Dylan-Robbins and Matt Buchanan for The New Yorker.

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Harvey Weinstein & Barbie

October 23, 2017

Harvey Weinstein & Barbie
Above: Harvey Weinstein and Madison

“In 2005, [Harvey] Weinstein made a cameo appearance as himself in an animated feature film, starring Lindsay Lohan, called ‘My Scene Goes Hollywood.’ The movie, part of the Barbie franchise, was distributed by Miramax’s family division and produced by Mattel, which was trying to lure back the tweens who were ditching their Barbies for a line of sexy competitor dolls called Bratz.

To keep up, Mattel produced an edgy line of dolls called My Scene. Barbie became a night-clubbing New York high schooler, with a multiethnic girl posse named after Manhattan locales: Madison, Chelsea, Delancey, Nolee (for Nolita). An animated Web series followed, with echoes of ‘Sex and the City’ and the Gossip Girl books. Parents watched uneasily as their eleven-year-olds grooved to the My Scene theme song: ‘We’re going out tonight / This scene is outta sight!’ After years of stagnation, Mattel’s share price turned around.

‘My Scene Goes Hollywood,’ which was released on DVD, was My Scene’s cultural apotheosis. It’s a friendship morality tale (Barbie and pals are cast as extras in a Lindsay Lohan movie; Madison falls for the caddish male lead, and ditches her friends). Weinstein shows up on set in the film-within-a-film. As the director yells ‘Cut,’ an imposing show-business dude—Weinstein—hovers with a proprietary air: sunglasses, dark suit, turtleneck, hands in pockets. The dude, in Weinstein’s voice, says, ‘Picture looks great, Jim. I’m really excited about it.’ The My Scene girls, dressed in school uniforms, recognize him and squeal.”

More:

“Harvey Weinstein’s Cameo in a Barbie Movie,” Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker [links added]

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Political Piñatero

April 11, 2016

Political Piñatero

The only substantive thing to come out of the Republican presidential race so far is the Donald Trump piñata, especially if you put candy in it. Jonathan Blitzer has a profile of artist Dalton Ávalos Ramírez at The New Yorker:

“The Man Behind the Trump Piñata,” Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker
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Top image: Donald Trump piñata by Dalton Ávalos Ramírez.

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Flint: Fear the Water

March 18, 2016

A New Yorker video, produced by Zackary Canepari and Jessica Dimmock.

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