Lest we think that the kind of almost practically sorta equal representation of women writers in the Style issue (though it should be noted that none of the small Talk of the Town bits were by women) meant something greater than The New Yorker + twice as many ads as usual* and stylie puff pieces = women writers, this week is back to business as usual.
First of all, am I just stupid or was the Shouts and Murmurs unbelievably unfunny and inane?
Talk of the Town:
by men: 4 (one was about Janet Reno, one was partially about Horrid Hill’s Horrid Health Plan)
by women: 1 (and it was about a man)
rest of mag:
by men: 10.5 (the .5 is an interview by Hermione Lee – author of a spectacular Virginia Woolf biography – with Philip Roth about his newest work o’ crap. Ugh! Does anyone except East Coast college boys actually read Philip Roth? He epitomizes lefty men that make me absolutely crazy.)
by women: 1.5 (ONE FUCKING POEM and the Hermione Lee thing)
In addition, the ENTIRE MAGAZINE was about men, with the exception of a John Updike review of a new Ann Patchett novel and a review of a play directed by a lady.
*Has anyone besides me and my old friend Elliot Prag noticed that the “double issues” are in fact single issues with twice as many ads? Count it up, yo, this is literally true.
(The NYerWbW is a regular feature whereby my mother and I keep track of the male/female breakdown in The New Yorker magazine. It’s stunning and shocking and not at all surprising.)