I use New Yorkers to carbon-date the piles of crap in my house. A copy of The New Yorker, folded open to a half-read article and stashed below a bedside table, is one of the great emblems of optimism.
I know, I know: everybody loves The New Yorker, yet nobody in history has successfully read an issue cover to cover during the week that it is current.
Good news: It’s now possible to get a big ol’ dose of all the news and culture and whatnot in an easy-to-knit-to form, The New Yorker Radio Hour.
Spoiler alert: it’s not only a radio hour (from WNYC). It’s a streaming-on-your-gizmo hour. It’s a podcast. It’s a bunch of short interviews, usually, so you can snack on it as you like.
Have a peek at all the episodes here.
Hosting all the chitchat is the editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, who really does have the gift of gab. Which isn’t always the case with editors.
The latest episode, where Remnick shows his love of music, includes an interview with Jonelle Monáe, the singer whose ever-morphing style and dazzling voice are mesmerizing.