ilona the pest

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Friday, December 15, 2006

the new yorker

i just bought my first ever issue of The New Yorker. i was at the drugstore, and i wanted to pick up some light reading (as in, physically light) for the subway rides. i had planned to get a new celebrity gossip magazine, but i didn't see any that particularly appealed to me.

The New Yorker has always seemed sort of sexy and nerdy and fascinating, but also intimidating and possibly boring. i always thought of it as something that grown-ups - like, other people's parents - read. but a few of my law school friends read it regularly, and even subscribed. and they can't be that much more intelligent or sophisticated than i. (can they?)

as i stood scanning the magazine racks at the drugstore today, looking hopelessly at the pathetic offerings, the dec. 18 issue was staring me in the face, haranguing me silently (don't i want to improve my meager knowledge about the proposal from the iraq study group? don't i want to understand the anthropology of jihad?). so i finally decided to cross that intimidating threshold. and it was easy! i read about five pages on the subway ride home from work, and they weren't boring at all. yet.

so, basically, i'm a real grown-up now. a sophisticate. an intellectual. soon i'll be throwing dinner parties and sharing my views on foreign policy with diplomats and historians, debating the merits of contemporary american fiction with book editors and poets. but i promise i'll never forget my humble origins as a reality-tv-obsessed street urchin.

7 Comments:

  • At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What is your confidence level in the following statements?

    1) we know the sign of anthropogenic effects on global temperature

    2) current models get the size of the temperature change in the next 50 years to within a factor of 2

    3) there are nearby nonlinear tipping points in the climate system (i.e., that anthropogenic effects can push us to within 50 years)

    4) climate modelers are clear-headed scientists with a mature grasp of the uncertainties in data analysis and modeling complex nonlinear systems, and NOT ideologically motivated people whose main skill is writing simple computer programs and press releases

     
  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    what's "anthropogenic" mean? caused by people?

    dude, i don't know - what do i look like, a scientist? i found the al gore movie very convincing. that's the extent of my scientific analysis of global warming at this time.

     
  • At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope you dont use those lines when chatting up women because if you do your in serious trouble.

     
  • At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a mental block against reading the New Yorker because it seems a big step in the slippery slope to becoming a self-congratulatory intellectual. Of course, this choice results in making me stupider with regards to Important Subjects than a regular New Yorker reader, but that's just the price I choose to pay.

    PS - You should watch Britian's Next Top Model and/or Australia's Next Top Model on YouTube, if you haven't done so already. They're both awesome.

     
  • At 6:19 PM, Anonymous AGR said…

    I am sorry to inform you that in fact oui, I am that much more intelligent and sophisticated then you are. I now subscribe not just to the New Yorker but also the Paris Review.

     
  • At 6:54 AM, Blogger ilona said…

    I am sorry to inform you that in fact oui, I am that much more intelligent and sophisticated then you are. I now subscribe not just to the New Yorker but also the Paris Review.

    okay, taylor. >:p

     
  • At 1:15 PM, Blogger jk said…

    me and agr are both way more sophisticated and intelligent.

    some tips:
    1. never be that person throwing dinner parties. ever. please. then you will be a yuppie, and i will still not save you from crazy people at zgeist.
    2. soon, you will be sophisticated enough to giggle while reading the new yorker (and not just the shouts and murmurs section).

     

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