New Yorker Bites Hand That Reads It

New Yorker Bites Hand That Reads ItA dance party hosted by Sasha Frere-Jones? A tour of Chinatown led by Calvin Trillin? An “Evening with” Sigur Ros? These things could only be happening at the New Yorker Festival — a magical weekend in October where quasi-celebrities like Jonathan Safran-Foer exchange witticisms and host whimsical yet edifying events.

But then there’s this:

THE NEW YORKER DEBATE
Resolved: The Ivy League Should Be Abolished
With Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik. Chaired by Simon Schama.
8 P.M. New York Society for Ethical Culture ($20)

Of course, who better to rend the vicious coils of elitism than the ink-stained class-warriors of the New Yorker? Who else has labored in unceasing antagonism to every form of snobbery, turning its monocle of social justice upon the outrages of the patrician class? Who else knows the streets because they’ve lived the streets? Fearless men of steel with names like McGrath, Paumgarten, and Denby.

 

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…more to come…

  • Crimson ’09

    It’s amusing too of course, because both Gladwell and Gopnik are Canadian and not Ivy alum, unlike the other half of the New Yorker staff. I do like their writing in general though.

  • Crimson ’09

    It’s amusing too of course, because both Gladwell and Gopnik are Canadian and not Ivy alum, unlike the other half of the New Yorker staff. I do like their writing in general though.

  • new yorker

    the new yorker features troll-bait. hell has frozen over.

  • new yorker

    the new yorker features troll-bait. hell has frozen over.

  • penn ’08

    as long as we’re resolving things fruitlessly in a public forum, i resolve to abolish malcolm gladwell’s absurdly coiffed bohemafro.

  • columbian

    “New Yorker Bites Hand That Reads It”
    great title . . . and so true

  • penn ’08

    as long as we’re resolving things fruitlessly in a public forum, i resolve to abolish malcolm gladwell’s absurdly coiffed bohemafro.

  • columbian

    “New Yorker Bites Hand That Reads It”
    great title . . . and so true

  • Resolved

    I cannot stand the New Yorker. True, the writing is good. But I despise the smug tone coupled with just enough self-flagellation to ease its readers discomfort about their privileged lives. So disengenuous.

  • Resolved

    I cannot stand the New Yorker. True, the writing is good. But I despise the smug tone coupled with just enough self-flagellation to ease its readers discomfort about their privileged lives. So disengenuous.

  • joe

    Ah yes, because Ivy schools’ athletic teams are so much better than the other schools’, grouping them all together in one athletic conference is a giant mistake.

  • joe

    Ah yes, because Ivy schools’ athletic teams are so much better than the other schools’, grouping them all together in one athletic conference is a giant mistake.

  • Honest Q

    Why not a discussion about whether any school should offer athletic scholarships? Can’t see how division 1 football is anything other than minor league football, with the NCAA getting most of the TV profits.

  • Honest Q

    Why not a discussion about whether any school should offer athletic scholarships? Can’t see how division 1 football is anything other than minor league football, with the NCAA getting most of the TV profits.

  • Stanford 2009

    Surprisingly, I’m not terribly opposed to the existence of the Ivy League. What I am opposed to is people thinking it’s an amazing accomplishment to get into one of them, when it’s Dartmouth or Cornell.

    That being said, Gopnik is a pretentious douche and I can’t bear to read his pieces in the New Yorker.

  • Stanford 2009

    Surprisingly, I’m not terribly opposed to the existence of the Ivy League. What I am opposed to is people thinking it’s an amazing accomplishment to get into one of them, when it’s Dartmouth or Cornell.

    That being said, Gopnik is a pretentious douche and I can’t bear to read his pieces in the New Yorker.

  • jacob savage

    did anyone read gopnik’s puke-worthy piece of non-news in the new yorker’s food issue?

    open letter to gopnik: no one gives a shit about how cute your kids are.

  • jacob savage

    did anyone read gopnik’s puke-worthy piece of non-news in the new yorker’s food issue?

    open letter to gopnik: no one gives a shit about how cute your kids are.

  • Zafar Khan

    No longer interesting to the heterosexual majority.

  • Zafar Khan

    No longer interesting to the heterosexual majority.

  • Mom

    Stanford 2009 says:
    Surprisingly, I’m not terribly opposed to the existence of the Ivy League. What I am opposed to is people thinking it’s an amazing accomplishment to get into one of them, when it’s Dartmouth or Cornell.
    -0-
    I see that academic snobbery is not limited to HYP or the Ivy League in general. I’d like to point out that Harvard isn’t the only elite institution where the final decisions come down to matters of appearance and personality. Do you really think your acceptance at Stanford was entirely based on your wonderful self–that you didn’t get your slot because others who were equally or even more qualified struck the committee as too glib or even funnier-looking than you?

    Maybe we need to do Gladwell one better and call for the abolition of all elite colleges and universities. Acknowledge that admittance usually comes down to some very subjective criteria and start letting applicants in via the lottery system. Maybe we could get rid of some of this useless brand-consciousness, wherein Stanford only talks to HYP and HYP only talks to god.

  • Mom

    Stanford 2009 says:
    Surprisingly, I’m not terribly opposed to the existence of the Ivy League. What I am opposed to is people thinking it’s an amazing accomplishment to get into one of them, when it’s Dartmouth or Cornell.
    -0-
    I see that academic snobbery is not limited to HYP or the Ivy League in general. I’d like to point out that Harvard isn’t the only elite institution where the final decisions come down to matters of appearance and personality. Do you really think your acceptance at Stanford was entirely based on your wonderful self–that you didn’t get your slot because others who were equally or even more qualified struck the committee as too glib or even funnier-looking than you?

    Maybe we need to do Gladwell one better and call for the abolition of all elite colleges and universities. Acknowledge that admittance usually comes down to some very subjective criteria and start letting applicants in via the lottery system. Maybe we could get rid of some of this useless brand-consciousness, wherein Stanford only talks to HYP and HYP only talks to god.