Monday, September 25, 2006

NYer Haiku: September 25, 2006

New Yorker Haiku

The Fashion Issue: 25 September, 2006

The Financial Page: Wagers of Sin
By James Surowiecki

Online bets allow
Oversight, good predictions;
Smarter than lotto.

On And Off The Avenue: Cool Enough For School
By Patricia Marx

Fall studies start with
Staples, thrift stores, Bed Bath &
Beyond.... Best take notes.

Annals of Accessories: Bag Lady
By Andrea Lee

Handbags outprice rent?
Seems a lot, but consider
All the R. & D.

Letter From Nova Scotia: Rag Time
By Calving Trillin

Second-hand bargains:
Frenchy's gives fashion-obsessed
Endless hope of finds.

Fiction: Freight
By Henry Roth

Even hobos can't
Escape pasts, prejudices,
Fighting over dimes.

Profiles: The Huntress
By Larissa MacFarquhar

"Be romantic, bold":
Diane von Furstenberg's clothes
Designed for such lives.

The Art World: I Remember MOMA
By Calvin Tomkins

Wait, say curators:
New MOMA seems a stranger
But we'll grow closer.

A Critic At Large: Dressed For Success
By Judith Thurman

Court fashion diva,
Antoinette's sins were small, but
She died like a queen.

The Theatre: The War Room
By Hilton Als

Ensler's "The Treatment"
Advocates more than explores.
"Asylum": cliches.

Musical Events: Fervor
By Alex Ross

Adored singer gone:
Lorraine's deft, strong, warm voice leaves
Wonder, sorrow, thanks.

On Television: Backstage Angst
By Tad Friend

Snappy lines spice up
Sorkin's skit-writers drama,
If not real people.

The Current Cinema: Dream On
By Anthony Lane

"The science of sleep"
Needs to wake up; "Renaissance"
A tech/art marvel.

Monday, September 18, 2006

NYer Haiku: September 18, 2006

New Yorker Haiku

September 18, 2006

Annals of Economics: Mind Games
By John Cassidy

Economists want
To scan your brain, find why you
Aren't more rational.

Reflections: In the Waiting Room
By David Sedaris

Forget learning French:
In Paris, "d'accord" means
Random fun (sans clothes)!

Profiles: The Wanderer
By David Remnick

Ex-Prez Clinton now
Working to save Africa
As Friend of Bill (Gates).

Fiction: Something That Needs Nothing
By Miranda July

Girl, not one she wants?
A wig and a peep-show gig
Might work for a spell.

On Television: Her Debut
By Tad Friend

Couric as anchor:
So much likability,
No time left for news.

A Critic At Large: War and Remembrance
By Ian Buruma

Grass's great memoir:
Boy lost in heroic myths.
(Is the man as well?)

Books: Hugger-Mugger
By John Updike

Congo schemes, despair
From le Carre. No closure
In Ward Just's dark tale.

The Current Cinema: Inescapable Pasts
By David Denby

"The Black Dahlia"
Is choked of life. "The Ground Truth":
Feel Iraq vets' shock.

Monday, September 11, 2006

NYer Haiku: September 11, 2006

New Yorker Haiku

Five Years After: September 11, 2006

The Financial Page: Osama's Bank Account
By Steve Coll

Family account
For Osama's share of wealth
Has no balance now.

Dept. of Law Enforcement: Junior
By Jane Mayer

He knows Al Qaeda,
But wants to know the ladies:
FBI's odd source.

Letter From Gaza: The Forgotten War
By Jeffrey Goldberg

Hamas suffering.
Wimpy rockets, and no press?
"We're the real martyrs!"

Annals of Terrorism: The Master Plan
By Lawrence Wright

Al Qaeda? Old news:
Islamists' twenty year plan
Has more to offer.

Letter From Sudan
By George Packer

When hardline dead-ends,
Taha's tolerant Islam
May be future's choice.

Fiction: Black Ice
By Cate Kennedy

Don't mock country folk.
They like rabbits, trees, but most:
To have the last laugh.

A Critic At Large: Surveillance Society
By Caleb Cain

Mass observation:
Taking notes on normal lives.
Nice thought; didn't last.

Books: Heaven's Gate
By Joan Acocella

McDermott's novel
Probes tragedy, mercy of
Middling postwar lives.

The Art World: New and Old
By Peter Schjeldahl

Works at MOMA show
New media's range, and need
For subjects as strong.

The Current Cinema: Supermen
By Anthony Lane

Affleck, Lane capture
(in "Hollywoodland") rise, fall
Of super-fifties.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

NYer Haiku: September 4, 2006

New Yorker Haiku

September 4, 2006

The Financial Page: Dealer's Choice
By James Surowiecki

Car dealers, by law,
Can stop G.M. dropping brands.
Pay for past, bully!

Letter From Durham: Big Men On Campus
By Peter J. Boyer

Attacked by profs, press,
Duke Lacrosse team's discipline
Better than critics'.

Annals of the West: The Searchers
By Dana Goodyear

Lit-quoting cowboys!
Deep Springs is out-of-this-world:
Bad wi-fi, no girls.

In The Kitchen: The Lunchroom Rebellion
Burkhard Bilger

Yes, kids can be taught
To like healthy meals. Too bad
State budgeters can't.

A Critic At Large: Learning The Score
By Alex Ross

Musicians' new plan
(As music ed left behind):
Play with, not at, kids.

A Reporter At Large: The Baby Lab
By Margaret Talbot

Men and women's brains,
says Spelke, just like babies,
Have same built-in smarts.

Our Far-flung Correspondents: Deerfield in the Desert
By Nick Paumgarten

New England prep school:
Build it in Jordan, and Poof!
It seems progressive.

Fiction: Kansas
By Antonya Nelson

Messed-up parents scared
When young daughters disappear.
(This home, wouldn't you?)

Books: Bob on Bob
By Louis Menand

Dylan interviews
Like a songbird asked to talk;
Should just let him sing.

The Theatre: Wagon Train
By Hilton Als

Streep gritty, spare as
Woman who only survives,
Brecht's "Mother Courage."

On Television: Hot Properties
By Tad Friend

Hollywood "Listing":
Fun digs, but empty. "The Hill":
Too inside beltway.

Pop Music: Sex Symbols
By Sasha Frere-Jones

Aguilera's back.
Voice great; songs ehh. Timberlake?
Pretty much reverse.

The Current Cinema: Disasters
By David Denby

"Snakes on a Plane" bites.
Care about New Orleans? See
"When the Levees Broke."

Monday, September 04, 2006

NYer Haiku: Long Weekend

The NYer Haiku is taking a three day weekend in honor of Labor Day, but the September 4 edition of the magazine will be haiku-ized and posted sometime tomorrow, so do check back!