Day #324: Irony

I’m positive you look forward to laughing … and sometimes find reasons for laughter in short supply. If you’re a teacher, this article is a well-written example of sarcasm using irony: “Back in My Day,” written by Sarah Hutto, and published in The New Yorker. If you’re just in it for the laughs, have at it. I’m grateful for a soupçon of giggles today.

child smoking a cigar, sitting at a table in a high chair
Photo from Bettmann / Getty, published with the article in The New Yorker, October 18, 2019

Day #319: The Crucible

Photography by The New York Times / Getty,
from the article published in The New Yorker, October 13, 1996

It was seventh grade. Our school play was “The Crucible.” We examined that book through the lens of acting, understanding it more fully than reading the book. It had a profound influence on me. From Arthur Miller: “In those years, our thought processes were becoming so magical, so paranoid, that to imagine writing a play about this environment was like trying to pick one’s teeth with a ball of wool: I lacked the tools to illuminate miasma. Yet I kept being drawn back to it.”

In this article, the playwright shares the story behind his drama about the Salem witch trials: “Why I Wrote The Crucible,” Arthur Miller, The New Yorker, October 13, 1996.


Day #43: The New Yorker

Here at The New Yorker by Brendan Gill was one of my best book finds in 1975. This delicious history was a page-turner for me. It began my collection of books about the magazine as well as books by regular contributors to The New Yorker.  In 1995, when Genius in Disguise: Harold Ross of The New Yorker, written by Thomas Kunkel, was released, I couldn’t put it down. The Years with Ross by James Thurber (1959) is told from another viewpoint, equally fascinating. Writing this has helped me realize I need to re-read these books! I am grateful to Harold Ross for crafting a magazine that has sharpened the minds of generations of readers. Today, I read their articles daily online, thankful for the journalism that keeps me informed about the world.

Here at The New Yorker