The Committee

On the New Yorker

In many cases, Shawn and only Shawn “knew” why doing Y instead of X would bring ruin to the New Yorker. Our stylebook was to be kept secret. Payment rates for fiction were kept secret. Negative mail about writing was generally kept secret from the magazine’s writers. Negative mail about a short story was often kept secret even from the story’s editor. What appeared to be perfectly innocuous nonfiction assignments were often kept secret. Salaries were, of course, secret.

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One’s leisure time feels like work that one doesn’t have time for.

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Unionization had been rare in the industry because it cultivated “an aura of gentility which leads to self-deception.”

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Some of the most educated and skilled people in our society are among the most exploited workers.

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It was a climate of fear for a bunch of delicate orchids.

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The work seemed to slide into Friday, while the money stopped on Thursday.

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Was the magazine exploiting everyone? It sure felt like it.

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The Look
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Destiny, USA
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The Raw and the Rawer
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The Next Next Level
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Let’s face it: there’s nothing cool about someone else’s sentimentality.

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“There are also men in the world,” Lydia Davis reminds us. As if we could forget.

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Sci-Fi offers the best example of that distinctively 21st-century blend of affect: eagerness and wistfulness. YOLO + FOMO.

Issue 21 Throwback

I frequently say “Check your privilege” as a polite proxy for “Shut your fucking racist mouth.”