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The New Yorker Relaunches Paywall

GMZ5UIRlAttention freeloaders — you’re days of consuming The New Yorker content in order to seem smarter are officially over. The magazine has relaunched its paywall, which locks out non-subscribers after they read six articles per month. Non-subscibers will still be able to view The New Yorker’s homepage, content sections, video hub and the Goings On About Town listings.

In a letter to readers, The New Yorker editors give a little more detail on the latest version of its paywall:

The truth is that, ever since The New Yorker went online, we’ve always had a paywall. (Remember those bewildering little blue locks?) Now all pieces—Web and print—will live in front of it, and you can start wherever you wish. If you already subscribe, all you have to do is sign in and it’s clear sailing. If you don’t, you get to read six stories each calendar month, whether from the current issue, from an issue published five years ago, or from a blog updated ten minutes ago. If you want to make the ‘wall’ go away and read a seventh, you’ll have to subscribe.

If you’re not a subscriber, here’s where you need to go next. Get to it! And no, we won’t share our subscription info with you.

The New Yorker Addresses Obama’s Concerns

The latest cover of The New Yorker accurately portrays what President Obama’s last few months in office are going to be like. Republicans have control of the Senate, making them impossible to ignore. Also, they’ll likely make the Oval Office stink.

“I hope Obama finds some way to maneuver around this situation,” wrote Liniers, of his drawing. “In my first draft, I had the elephant sitting on Obama’s head. This version is a bit more subtle.”

The New Yorker Publishes Food Issue

This week’s New Yorker is all about food. Ironically, inside the issue John Lanchester has a piece that argues we all need to stop obsessing over what we eat. There’s also Adam Gopnik seeking to figure out what, exactly, is happening to pastries; and Dana Goodyear profiling a sustainable meat company CEO.

Another worthwhile article — by Michael Specter — tackles the gluten-free fad:

Peter H. R. Green, the director of the celiac-disease center at the Columbia University medical school and one of the nation’s most prominent celiac doctors, tells Specter that gluten sensitivity is ‘a largely self-diagnosed disease,’ and notes that, often, ‘gluten-free versions of traditional wheat-based foods are actually junk food.’ Green—who tells Specter that the situation is ‘getting out of hand’ —continues, ‘Our patients have jumped on this bandwagon and largely left the medical community wondering what the hell is going on.’

The gluten-free thing is proof that Americans need more hobbies.

The New Yorker’s food issue hits newsstands today.

David Remnick: New Yorker Not Going Biweekly

New Yorker fans, breathe easy. David Remnick, the glossy’s editor, told WWD that there are no plans to cut back on publishing and make it a biweekly.

“I think the combination of a weekly print magazine and a daily website is perfect for us now I think if you go to a biweekly, you lose your seat at the table of what’s going on in the world a little bit,” he explained.

The entire interview is well worth a read, but below are some highlights.

On his relationship with Anna Wintour:

She has been nothing but supportive of what we do. If I need advice, I know that I have an extremely smart magazine person [whom] I can rely on, and she has been nothing but supportive of The New Yorker doing what it should be doing.

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Martin Schoeller’s Pivotal Career Boost

Martin Schoeller is an award-winning photographer who for many years was on staff with The New Yorker. And as he reminds this week, his ascension to that position owes a great deal to a certain Oscar-winning actress.

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In 1998, freelancer Schoeller counted just five assigned jobs – three of which were weddings. In 1999, the year he was hired by The New Yorker, that total would jump to 127.

Per Schoeller’s contribution to the Time Lightbox series “The Photo That Made Me,” it all changed for him after he was asked in 1998 to photograph Vanessa Redgrave for Time Out New York:

I had come across the Kino Fluorescent lighting system (a sort of fluorescent tube lighting) and started to incorporate it into my work. This started to change things: these lights really bring out a subject’s eyes. And because I had adopted the style of a super close-up portrait, my work started to stick out. Back then the mainstream thing to do was a more distanced shot with a perfect background and styling – and it was also a time when Photoshop was really becoming a big part of things.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Kal Penn Joins Fusion for Midterms | SoftBank, DWA Talks Cool

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Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s Midterm Mayhem (TVNewser)
Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila. FishbowlDC In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be livestreamed. Midterm Mayhem will be hosted by Vila with contributions from anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez and Fusion’s Alice Brennan and Romina Puga. Capital New York Fusion is still modestly distributed, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV among the major distributors that don’t yet carry the channel. The livestream — which will only apply to the month-long midterm election series — is a chance for viewers who don’t get Fusion to sample its programming, with the goal of getting them to lobby their pay-TV provider to carry the channel. The channel held a similar stunt tied to its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. THR Penn is known for his roles in the Harold And Kumar trilogy, The Namesake, House and How I Met Your Mother. In 2009, he took a break from acting to work as an associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, serving as the Obama administration’s liaison to young Americans. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show aims to “bring viewers all the essential political news of the day and answer questions of fundamental importance to Fusion’s audience,” the network said in a release. It premieres Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. and runs until Election Day.

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Latest New Yorker Cover is a Gif

“Rainy Day,” an illustration by Christoph Niemann — is The New Yorker’s first ever animated cover. Of course it’s not animated in real life, but the raindrops do move when viewing the cover online.

We’re telling you this now so you’ll have adequate time to figure out how to explain gifs to your grandparents. Please, if nothing else, make sure they know to pronounce it with a hard “g,” like “gift.”

New Yorker Cover Skewers NFL

With all the bad news swirling around the NFL, you had to know this was coming. As Barry Blitt explains, his latest New Yorker cover shows that the league has taken a turn toward ugliness. That’s saying a lot, given that playing football can often lead to life threatening brain damage.

“My current awareness of the NFL has little to do with the actual games being played on the field,” wrote Blitt.

New Yorker Illustrator Tips His Cap to Derek Jeter

In 2001, illustrator Mark Ulriksen told the San Francisco Chronicle that growing up, all he wanted to be was a center fielder for the San Francisco Giants. But over the years, his allegiances have gravitated to another MLB team, creating an ongoing professional conflict that he has talked about before.

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This time around for The New Yorker, Ulriksen has illustrated Roger Angell‘s story ”S’Long Jeet” with a striking cover illustration of Derek Jeter. The September 8 issue cover, the San Francisco-based artists insists, put him once again at odds:

“Derek Jeter presents a conundrum for a Red Sox fan like me,” Ulriksen says about the cover. “I loathe the Yankees, but I appreciate and respect Jeter. No baseball fan can ever forget ‘the flip’ against the Oakland A’s in the playoffs. He’s a classic—humble, consistently spectacular, both at bat and in the field.”

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New Yorker Publishes Lena Dunham Book Excerpt

lena_dunham--300x300Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned,” the Lena Dunham memoir, doesn’t hit book stores until September 30. Luckily for Dunham fans (and Dunham haters!) The New Yorker has published an excerpt, which Dunham described as “about the therapists who raised me.”

“I am used to appointments: allergist, chiropractor, tutor,” writes Dunham. “All I want is to feel better, and that overrides the fear of something new, something reserved for people who are crazy. Plus, both my parents have therapists, and I feel more like my parents than like anybody else.”

The piece is titled “Difficult Girl.” You can enjoy it or hate it — or secretly enjoy it but publicly hate it — by clicking here.

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