LOGO-land Monday

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Last night as I paged through the new issue of the New Yorker, dated 26 November, I felt like I was reading a dispatch from the one-percenters who run the American economy, take far more than their fair share of American income, and lately have ruined American politics.

Let me state first that I love the magazine. I have been reading it for more than 55 years, since I learned to read partly by loocking at its cartoons with my grandmother in her garden. My beginning as a writer was reading the articles of John McPhee when I was teenager. I’ve subscribed to the magazine for decades, and once tried to get a lifetime subscription. My heart still lifts when I find each week’s edition in my mailbox.

Today I consider its reporting one of the four essential things to read to understand the state of the nation, the other three being The Atlantic, the New York Times and the Washington Post. The New Yorker especially has set the agenda in certain areas, with Jane Mayer’s reporting first on official US torture after 9/11 and then, more recently, on the role of right-wing money in American politics. Ronan Farrow’s revelations about sexual assaults by powerful men have also brought about the beginnings of a change in our culture.

But as I paged through the magazine I saw something else. Every few pages there was a contradiction, a message from another America. Those were the advertisements. Reading them is like receiving dispatches from the oligarchy. They are prettied up, to be sure – they are not the oligarchy as it is, but as it would like to see itself. But they describe the state of our culture all too well. Future historians may do well to pay more attention to them than to the news columns of the magazine.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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18 Responses to LOGO-land Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Oligopoly and all is well.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    A little overnight snow to make my walk to the hospital more interesting.

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    • Micki says:

      …and you’re walking home after the procedure, too, I take it?

      Hope all goes well.

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    • Micki says:

      No snow here…but the morning’s very heavy FROST gives the impression of snow! It’s beautiful out there!

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    • David B. Benson says:

      So it was slower than planned as well: 79 minutes. However the colonoscopy turned up no polyps but some other minor flaw means that I need to do it again in 5 years. The discharge nurse gave me two certificates for the Red Sage Cafe here at the hospital. The coffee is, I learn, free. So I am rebuilding my microbiome with a strawberry yogurt parfait which contains nuts. Also a chocolate chip cookie. Still have one certificate.

      Different crowd here at the Red Sage Cafe. I suppose mostly hospital employees? Also outpatients?

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  3. Micki says:

    An upside, I suppose, is that the oligarchs, by placing ads in The New Yorker, are paying for good journalism. I doubt if their reasons are altruistic, but the effect is they are unwittingly increasing the chances that good will eventually triumph over evil.

    But, I won’t hold my breath. haha!

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  4. Den says:

    It gives the ‘upper-crusties’ Xmas gift ideas while the ‘not so’ upper-crusties like us feel grossly inadequate because we missed the gravy train long ago, but we read the articles anyway.

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  5. Den says:

    Post number 4,430, time flies!

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  6. °¿º Carol says:

    Never thought I’d say I miss Gerald, but I would sure love to see what he would have had to say about a President Trump. Like you said, you’d have to blow out the walls in here.

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  7. °¿º Carol says:

    Nothing to report, just putzing around the house, getting little things done, here and there.

    Saw some of George H.W. Bush today since that’s all they talked about. When they got him to the capitol I got a look at the Bush kids. Everyone aging, just like me, lol. Laura wore flat shoes, like I would. Old feet of mine wouldn’t be able to wear any kind of a high heel, even if it were a low, high heel. I wonder how she is mentally, I know I can’t judge that by watching her face, but hmm.

    I still can’t get over how tiny Jeb’s wife is. Must be 4 foot something, or maybe she’s my height and he’s just tall. I was 5’4¼, now I’m 5’3.

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    • Micki says:

      Here’s you answer, according to Wikipedia:

      In addition to her three children, Columba Bush has four grandchildren: two by George P. and two by Jeb Jr.[20]

      Columba Bush has an older brother, Francisco Jose Garnica (born December 1949).[17] Her brother currently lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.[6]

      A practicing Roman Catholic, she is a member of Regnum Christi.[21] In 2007, together with her husband Jeb, she attended the Regnum Christi Family Convention in Atlanta.[21]

      She stands just over five feet tall, more than a foot shorter than her husband.[22]

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  8. °¿º Carol says:

    Don’t know if I mentioned yesterday that the night before it rained, and Sunday was warmish, up to 50° at one point, snow is ALL gone. Cold again today though.

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  9. Den says:

    I think I will make a salad:

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