By David Remnick, Lillian Ross

ISBN-10: 0375756493

ISBN-13: 9780375756498

William Shawn as soon as referred to as The speak of the Town the soul of the journal. The part started within the first factor, in 1925. however it wasn't till a few years later, while E. B. White and James Thurber arrived, that the Talk of the city story turned what it truly is this day: an exact piece of journalism that often will get the tale and has a bit enjoyable alongside the way.

The enjoyable of It is the 1st anthology of Talk items that spans the magazine's lifestyles. Edited by way of Lillian Ross, the longtime Talk reporter and New Yorker employees author, the ebook brings jointly items by means of the section's most unusual writers. simply in a set of Talk tales will you discover E. B. White vacationing a potter's box; James Thurber following Gertrude Stein at Brentano's; Geoffrey Hellman with Cole Porter on the Waldorf Towers; A. J. Liebling on a ebook journey with Albert Camus; Maeve Brennan ventriloquizing the long-winded girl; John Updike navigating the passageways of midtown; Calvin Trillin marching on Washington in 1963; Jacqueline Onassis talking to Cornell Capa; Ian Frazier on the Monster Truck and dust lavatory Fall Nationals; John McPhee in virgin wooded area; Mark Singer with sixth-graders adopting Hudson River striped bass; Adam Gopnik in Flatbush traveling the ìgrandest theatre dedicated solely to the flicks; Hendrik Hertzberg pinning down a Sulzberger on how the Times received colorized; George Plimpton at the tennis courtroom with Boris Yeltsin; and Lillian Ross reporting solid little tales for greater than forty-five years. They and dozens of alternative speak participants offer an enjoyable travel of the main well-known component of the main well-known journal on the earth.

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61 The issue becomes more vexed, however, with the tools, toys, and gear associated with smaller companion animals, such as pet collars, tug toys, food dishes, and litter boxes, technologies into which innovations are introduced 18 Hedonizing Technologies every year. Are not these artifacts intended to enhance our enjoyment of companion animals? There is no doubt that a horse collar is technology; the issue is cloudier, however, with collars for cats and dogs. A >sh tank in the home is clearly a technological artifact—indeed, many are complex biochemical and mechanical systems requiring signi>cant commitments to daily care.

90 Both the ability to stock and manage a still-room and the skills of confectioners were highly prized in households a

Com. uences, artisan crafts-as-work underwent a two-century revolution in production techniques in which textiles were one of the vanguard industries. ”1 Although Taunton does not say so, the abundance of these collectibles is at least in part an artifact of the increase in supply of these tools, and of their materials as well, in the early modern period. Survival of these artifacts is, of course, subject to the biases of collecting and connoisseurship described in Appendix A. While I have postulated that some medieval and early modern embroiderers were hobbyists in the modern sense, from the late seventeenth century forward, consumers’ love of tools and materials for leisure activities and hobby artisanship is clearly and unambiguously documented.

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