The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 1, 2007

ANALYSTS UNSPOOLED; THE PICTURES; THE PICTURES Series: 3/5
When it comes to unflattering portraits of mental-health professionals on film, Glen O. Gabbard, as they say, wrote the book. Gabbard, a psychoanalyst and a professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, is the author of "Psychiatry...
Big Time; Pop Music
There is little about the Montreal band Arcade Fire that is not big. The group has seven core members, including its founders, a married couple named Win Butler (who is six feet three) and Regine Chassagne. Onstage, Arcade Fire expands to nine musicians,...
BLENDING IN; SCIONS; SCIONS Series: 4/5
Loren Kreiss, the twenty-six-year-old scion of a family-owned furnishings company that is based in San Diego, moved to Manhattan in 2005 and would be the first to admit that becoming a New Yorker has been an education. First, there was the profile in...
Double Lives; the Current Cinema
Some kinds of perversity are so bizarre that one despairs of ever understanding them. The mental state of Robert Hanssen, who for more than twenty years spied for the Soviet Union and then for Russia while productively employed as a counterintelligence...
Notable Quotables; Books
Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson." Neither Ingrid Bergman nor anyone else in "Casablanca" says "Play it again, Sam"; Leo Durocher did not say "Nice guys finish last"; Vince Lombardi did say "Winning isn't everything, it's the only...
NOTABLE QUOTABLES; Books
QUOTE UNQUOTELouis Menand, in his review of "The Yale Book of Quotations," is right that the words Michael Douglas actually says in "Wall Street"--"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good"--are better without "for lack of a better word" (Books, February...
ON PARADE; DEBUT DEPT.; DEBUT DEPT. Series: 2/5
Before you can fail upward, you must first dabble sideways. For example, you're a twenty-one-year-old newcomer from Amish country, in Pennsylvania, and suddenly the star of a new Broadway hit, and in the initial gust of acclaim you accept an invitation...
Sight Unseen; the Theatre
A good playwright always signals his theme, if only obliquely, in the first exchanges of a play. In the opening scene of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," for instance, a sentinel on the parapets in the dark cries out, "Who's there?" The question lies behind all...
The Castaways; a Reporter at Large
From left to right: Lucio Rendon, Jesus Vidana, and Salvador Ordonez, in San Blas, Mexico, December, 2006. Photograph by Steve Pyke.</caption>Very early on the morning of October 28, 2005, in the town of San Blas, on the central Pacific Coast of...
The Credible Hulk; Dvd Notes
Robert Mitchum was a marijuana smoker in an era of drinkers, and his heavy-lidded eyes and laconic drawl seem to come straight out of the postwar cool-jazz scene. As proved by the masterworks in a new six-disk boxed set, "Robert Mitchum: The Signature...
The Deliverer; Annals of Religion
Tom Monaghan always believed that someday he would be rich, and when that day finally came, courtesy of a Domino's Pizza empire, he knew just how to proceed. In the nineteen-eighties, as Monaghan attained a place on lists of the wealthiest Americans,...
The Kona Files; the World of Business
Leaks are inevitable in business and politics, but as acts of defiance they are maddening to those who prize order and control. At Hewlett-Packard, under the tumultuous stewardship of Carly Fiorina, the country's most visible female chairman and C.E.O.,...
The Moneyed Muse; the Literary Life
Michael Lewis, a journalist and the author of "Liar's Poker" and "Moneyball," appeared in the magazine Poetry for the first time in the summer of 2005, with a satirical piece called "How to Make a Killing from Poetry: A Six Point Plan of Attack." It...
The Origami Lab; Onward and Upward with the Arts
One of the few Americans to see action during the Bug Wars of the nineteen-nineties was Robert J. Lang, a lanky Californian who was on the front lines throughout, from the battle of the Kabutomushi Beetle to the battle of the Menacing Mantis and the...
The Way We Are; Reflections
In Paris they warn you before cutting off the water, but out in Normandy you're just supposed to know. You're also supposed to be prepared, and it's this last part that gets me every time. Still, though, I try to make do. A saucepan of chicken broth...
TOO MANY CHIEFS; COMMENT; COMMENT Series: 1/5
According to some of the calendars and appointment books floating around this office, Monday, February 19th, is Presidents' Day. Others say it's President's Day. Still others opt for Presidents Day. Which is it? The bouncing apostrophe bespeaks a certain...
Trestle on Tenth; Tables for Two
242 Tenth Ave., at 24th St. (212-645-5659)--Last summer, Ralf Kuettel, who hails from a small town outside Zurich, took it upon himself to provide the city with a new Swiss-influenced restaurant. (The last one of note, Roettele A.G., closed a few years...
Whatever It Takes; Letter from Hollywood
The office desk of Joel Surnow--the co-creator and executive producer of "24," the popular counterterrorism drama on Fox--faces a wall dominated by an American flag in a glass case. A small label reveals that the flag once flew over Baghdad, after the...
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