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 [...]
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? This news implies some sort of supernatural intervention to me, by a force that surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together but most importantly penetrates us. While on the show's panel at The New Yorker Festival this weekend with the cast, show creator Mitch Hurtwitz apparently revealed plans to give Arrested Development a new 9 or 10 episode run before going forward with the upcoming Arrested Development movie. 20th Century Fox is allegedly in talks with both Netflix and Showtime to potentially air the limited series, which will "have each installment focus on a different member of the Bluth clan." [...]
In this week's New Yorker, Woody Allen dives deep into a game of recession-racked Monopoly: "Litvinov, for his part, held two gray properties, Vermont and Connecticut, but his ex-wife Jessica owned Oriental, and he knew she would never trade it to him. He’d offered his house in the Hamptons, more generous visitation hours with the children, and Water Works, but she was adamant. Litvinov had always had problems with women. His inability to throw doubles with the dice had led to a terrible fight with his current fiancée, Bea. He was sure she was having an affair with Paul Kindler, who’d somehow gotten Citigroup to finance a hotel for [...]