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NYerWbW: February 4, 2008, “Vaffanculo” indeed

I know it’s a month and a half old, but how great was the piece on Beppe Grillo, the Italian rabble-rouser who organizes things like “V-day, an unofficial new national holiday, the ‘V’ signifying victory, vendetta, and, especially, ‘Vaffanculo’ (‘Fuck off’)”? I must have been quite taken with the article because I marked every single page of it, for reasons I am no longer clear on except for the general awesomeness that appears to be Mr. Grillo.

Moving on, the stats:

Talk of the Town:

by men: 3

by women: 2 (Lizzie Widdicombe and Lauren Collins, always Lizzie Widdicombe and Lauren Collins, have you noticed?)

rest of mag (including the cover, not including cartoons):

by men: 10

by women: 4

(The NYerWbW is a regular feature whereby my mother and I keep track of the male/female breakdown in The New Yorker magazine.)

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