In 2012, only about a quarter of articles in The New Yorker were written by women. Surprised?
Find more gender and media stats over at VIDA.
This week’s Anniversary-issue cover, “Brooklyn’s Eustace,” is by Simon Greiner, a thirty-one-year-old reader from Sydney, Australia, who submitted it through our 2013 Eustace Tilley Contest. Here, Greiner talks about the inspiration for his cover, plus see a slideshow of all of the 2013 Eustace Tilley finalists: http://nyr.kr/VyjBCX
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“Humor relies on the traditions of a society. It takes what we know and it twists it. It takes the codes of behavior and the codes of dress, and it makes it unexpected, and that’s what elicits a laugh.”
-Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for The New Yorker
“Most of my work—including everything from my own comics to the covers I’ve drawn for The New Yorker—is the result of taking some personal experience or observation and then fictionalizing it to a degree. I’m not one of those artists with an incredible imagination who can just make things up out of nothing, and I’m not the kind of person who would throw himself into some exciting or dangerous situation just to get material. So I tend to go about my normal, boring life, and just try to look at things a little more closely. And even though I’ve lived in New York for eight years now, I still feel like a recent transplant, and I think that’s a big influence on how I see and draw the city.”
Adrian Tomine’s cover for next week’s New Yorker via Cover Story: Hurricane Sandy and the Election : The New Yorker
Up and down the East Coast, offices are closing ahead of Hurricane Sandy, and millions of workers are preparing to pretend to work from home. If you’re one of them, let us distract you with this rainy-day reading list. A few of these articles are hurricane-related; others just perfect for enjoying a slightly scary day at home:
“High Water,” from October 3, 2005.
David Remnick on how Presidents and citizens react to disaster.
“Atchafalaya: The Control of Nature,” from February 23, 1987.
John McPhee on controlling the Mississippi River.
“The Fifty-Nine Story Crisis,” from May 29, 1995.
Joe Morgenstern on an engineer’s worst nightmare: realizing that a skyscraper you’ve designed might collapse in a hurricane.
“Up and Then Down,” from April 21, 2008.
Nick Paumgarten on the secret lives of elevators.
“A Murder Foretold,” from April 4, 2011.
David Grann on one man’s race to stop his own assassination.
“Looking at War,” from December 9, 2002.
Susan Sontag on photography’s view of devastation and death.
“Secrets of the Magus,” from April 5, 1993.
Mark Singer on Ricky Jay, the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand magician.
“Advanced Placement,” from March 10, 2008.
Janet Malcolm on the wicked joy of the “Gossip Girl” novels.
“Good Raymond,” from October 5, 1998.
Richard Ford on his friendship with Raymond Carver.