Some of you have noticed my long blogging silence. This spring and summer, my life was taken over by several big projects that all hit at once. I’m almost recovered! And to mark my re-entry into New Yorker-land, I wanted to share a bit about one of the projects.
I’ve written about the installation as a whole elsewhere. In short, the installation explored the interface between the digital and physical worlds. As part of it, I incorporated my favorite New Yorker articles about digital communications.
The selections were meant to represent the whole range of formats in the magazine:
Cover, “Loading,” was the only option for this collection. It’s part of the anniversary series of Eustace Tilley, so it combines a longstanding magazine tradition with modern apps. Plus, I love cover art that I know the name of without looking.
Talk of the Town: “Life and Letters,” about the slow decline of the writing letters. I wrote about this when it was published in January, and it fit nicely in an installation that is somewhat nostalgic about physical communications.
Personal History: “Follow that cab!“ about a GPS-enabled hunt for a lost iPad. Again, this caught my fancy when it was published, and I figured a short, amusing piece might actually get read as people wandered by.
Shouts & Murmurs: “God’s blog.” I am not a fan of Shouts & Murmurs; I rarely make it through, which is saying something since they’re usually a page and a half long. But I loved how this one captured the tone of online discussion, right down to spam about discount designer shoes.
The Romance Department: “Looking for Someone,” in which we get the world of online dating in both historical and contemporary context, one of the things that the New Yorker does best. The best bit was too far down in the article to make it onto the wall, in which Nick Paumgarten characterizes each dating site as though it were a person trying to get dates. (This is the one article that I am sure actually got read on the wall, by a friend who was annoyed that it cut off before the end!)
A Critic at Large: “The information,” is a good example of what I think of as a faux-review, a piece that purports to be, say, a book review, in which the critic mostly makes his own arguments. I wrote about this one earlier, too, in the post “Books that explain why books no longer matter.” Again, I thought the mixed feelings about the digital world were perfect for the installation.
I was pleased with how easy it was to come up with this mix of formats and angles, and thought it showed the New Yorker‘s work to good advantage. Are there any others you would have included?