"Jeremy, a man I am no longer in touch with, was someone I once considered a friend. It started out very simply: one day I received a text message from a phone number I did not recognize. Intrigued, I replied, and thus began an intimate and illuminating correspondence."
- Shouts & Murmurs in this week's New Yorker comes from none other than Michael Cera, about an actor named "Michael Cera" who ends up involved in a strangely beautiful text message relationship.
The makers of Very Semi-Serious, a new documentary taking audiences behind the scenes of the New Yorker cartoons of the past, present, and future just opened a Kickstarter in hopes of gaining funding to finish production and complete post-production. Featuring illustrators Matt Diffee, Emily Flake, Zach Kanin, Robert Mankoff, and tons more, the documentary is nearly half way to its $75,000 goal as of this writing but still has a ways to go in case you're feeling charitable and/or love New Yorker cartoon backstories.
Former SNL writer Simon Rich's new novella Sell Out is being serialized this week in The New Yorker. You can check out Part 1 of 4 now. The next three parts will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday. It follows a fictionalized version of Simon Rich meeting his immigrant great-great-grandfather who was preserved in brine for 100 years after a factory accident, only to find himself baffled by his descendant Simon's carefree lifestyle as a screenwriter. Rich's collection of short stories The Last Girlfriend on Earth just came out last week, so between that and this novella, 2013 has already been a incredibly productive year for him as an [...]
Humorist Andy Borowitz has long been a contributor to the New Yorker, well it seems the magazine no longer wants to just borrow(itz) him (sorry), as they've purchased his news satire site The Borowtiz Report. For those unfamiliar, it's kind of like The Onion but written by Andy Borowtiz. Today's post featured the headline "Romney Campaign Releases First Picture of V.P. Pick" and was followed by a picture of Rich Uncle Pennybags from the popular board game Monopoly. Do you get it? It is satire. He will be part of The New Yorker's new humor page on their website, which will feature the magazine's Shouts & Murmurs essays and [...]
Emily Nussbaum's New Yorker review of Whitney and 2 Broke Girls is pretty spot-on. She goes beyond the usual Sarah Silverman-Chelsea Handler comparisons and notes that the Whitney of Whitney has a lot in common with Lucille Ball:
Cummings has none of Ball’s shining charisma or her buzz of anarchy. Yet she does share Lucy’s rictus grin, her toddler-like foot-stamping tantrums, and especially her Hobbesian view of heterosexual relationships as a combat zone of pranks, bets, and manipulation from below. “This is war,” Whitney announces, before declaring yet another crazy scheme to undercut her boyfriend, and it might as well be the series’ catchphrase.
The article also considers [...]