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Michael Cera Delves Into His Texting Past in 'The New Yorker'

"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.

A Documentary About 'New Yorker' Cartoonists Needs Your Help

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.

Simon Rich's New Novella Is Being Serialized in 'The New Yorker' Starting Today

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 [...]

The 'New Yorker' Purchases the 'Borowitz Report'; Is Launching a Humor Page on their Site

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 [...]

The New Yorker Reviews Whitney

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 [...]

Amy Poehler Wrote About Her First Job at an Ice Cream Parlor

"But when I stood in the dining room and demanded attention I was reminded of things I already secretly knew about myself. I wasn’t shy, I liked to be looked at, and making people laugh released a certain kind of hot lava into my body that made me feel like a queen."

- Amy Poehler has a sweet piece in The New Yorker about her first part-time job at an ice cream parlor.

'SNL's Colin Jost Dreams Up Several Silly Movie Sequels for 'The New Yorker'

SNL's co-head writer Colin Jost has a funny new piece in The New Yorker today in which he previewed this summer's unlikely movie sequels, including Even More Descendants, Jurassic Park 1-D, and What to Expect When You're Expecting to See 'Trouble with the Curve.' Don't go to the cinema without reading this handy guide first!

How to Be Simon Rich

"So many times I’d write a sketch set at, say, a marriage counselor’s office and I was so naïve and unsophisticated working in television that I would literally have the opening line of dialogue be, 'Well, here we are at the marriage counseling center.' When you’re coming from the world of print, it’s not obvious that the characters can just walk by a sign that says 'marriage counseling center.'” – The thoroughly impressive Simon Rich talking to Co.Create about how he is able to write for so many different mediums and how, when he first started at SNL, he was at one point  fallible.

Who Is Matt Graham?

(To the tune of the theme from Shaft:) Who's the comedian Louis C.K. and Janeane Garofalo thought would be famous in Boston in the 80s? (Graham!) Yes, Matt Graham. Who is the man that's been paying his rent with Scrabble winnings? (Graham!) Who's the cat that played NCAA ball when he was 40 years old? (Graham!) He's a complicated man, but no one understands him but Marc Maron. (Matt Graham!) Okay, enough theme song. If you've never heard of Matt Graham, here's a fascinating short profile on the comedian, who Colin Quinn describes as being "like a high school Indiana point guard that drives you nuts, because [...]

This Bill Hicks Letter From 1993 Is Unbearably Sad

Three months before he died of pancreatic cancer, Bill Hicks wrote this letter to The New Yorker's John Lahr to thank him for an article he'd written on Hicks. (The article is a pretty fantastic read as well. I'm definitely gonna start calling the television "Lucifer’s Dream Box.") In his letter, he talks about how following the article, creative possibilities feel "limitless" and says that "the offers finally match my long-held and deeply cherished creative aspirations." Fair warning, you'll probably get a tightening feeling behind your nose while reading this, and then a sour feeling in your jaw, and an itchy feeling in your eyes, and then [...]

'The New Yorker' Writes About 'How Podcasts Conquered Comedy'

The New Yorker has a new article out today called "How Podcasts Conquered Comedy," an in-depth history of how the newish medium has changed the comedy landscape and the careers of standups like Marc Maron, Nikki Glaser, and more.

Lena Dunham Wrote a Thing About How Much She Likes Puppies for 'The New Yorker'

Lena Dunham wrote a personal essay called "A Box of Puppies" that appears in The New Yorker this week. It's worth the read if you like Lena Dunham's writing and/or puppies.

Let Lena Dunham and Jon Hamm Teach You About the 'New Yorker' iPhone App

The New Yorker just launched its iPhone app today, a slick little number that allows you to read David Grann's reportage on the subway without New York Post readers giving you the stinkeye. In order to educate readers and potential subscribers on the ins and outs of the app, the magazine hired Lena Dunham to make a little instructional video for them. It's a strange one, made to look like some sort of public access talkshow from the 80s or 90s in an alternate universe in which everyone knew what iPhones and iPads were and Jon Hamm was on public access. It's like if Tim and Eric got [...]

Simon Rich Gives God a Girlfriend in The New Yorker

This week's New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs is a very funny piece by SNL's Simon Rich about how Genesis might've gone if God was dating someone. Women be stoppin' omniscient entities from creatin' majestic universes, and all that.