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The Stranger has a new editor in Christopher Frizzelle, the paper’s former arts chief. (Old editor Dan Savage is


New Yorker establishes satellite office in Capitol Hill!

New Yorker establishes satellite office in Capitol Hill!



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The Stranger has a new editor in Christopher Frizzelle, the paper’s former arts chief. (Old editor Dan Savage is now “editorial director.”) It’s a coup for a journo who’s yet to hit 30. I predict that such a meteoric rise in the news world can only end one place. See if you can guess where that place is, using these hints Frizzelle has dropped into his Stranger articles and blog posts over the years:
“This week’s New Yorker has four different covers, all by Chris Ware.” (10/31/05)

“After posting my dissenting opinion about Batman Begins here yesterday…I came home to my lovely New Yorker to find that I wasn’t the only person in America cringing over the screenplay.” (7/8/05)

“I know I always post things from The New Yorker, but I can’t help it, this is great. They’ve dubbed last week in the White House ‘Hell Week.’” (10/31/05)

“The New Yorker has a new poetry editor…and it’s Paul Muldoon.” (9/20/07)

“Savage, I know you hate it when we constantly link to the New Yorker, but Annie, have you seen this Margaret Talbot piece from a couple months ago about valedictorians? It’s awesome.” (12/2/05)

“Maud Newton has some problems with Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker piece on Enron.” (1/4/07)

“I Have So Much to Do…and I’m not doing any of it, because there’s a short story by Miranda July in the new New Yorker. (Saw it at a bookstore just now and bought it, even though a copy is destined to arrive in my mailbox tomorrow or so. Yes. I am that much of a nerd.) Unless I blacked out at some point, this is the first time she’s ever been in this here favorite magazine o’ mine.” (9/13/06)

“I know I borrow the New Yorker voice a lot....It’s probably just because I write fiction and my protagonists tend to be gay and I read the New Yorker all the time and think about the choices you make.” (11/17/05)

 “Jet Blue is the New Yorker of airlines—polished, reassuring, well staffed, funny.” (From a travel diary on the New Yorker festival, 10/18/06)

“The crowd last Thursday at the D’Adamo/Woltz Gallery looked like the crowd in Charles Saxon’s 1966 New Yorker cover depiction of an art gallery opening: colorfully dressed, tipsy, slightly vacant....The New Yorker somehow manages never to insult its readers’ intelligence, and sometimes publishes, probably with glee, incomprehensibly oblique cartoons.” (From a review of an exhibit of New Yorker covers—”I saw it twice”—6/2/05)

“Occasionally when I’m walking by Seattle Central Community College I can taste the meaty smoke of the Bonney-Watson funeral home incinerator. They fire that thing up at unpredictable hours—sometimes during the day, so you can see the smoke clearly and maneuver upwind, other times in the middle of the night, so it makes dark smoke against a dark sky, like the palette, I always think, of the famous 9/11 cover of the New Yorker.” (3/2/06)

“He also made the black-towers-against-a-black-sky cover of the New Yorker after 9/11.” (3/5/07)

“And it came up with an acquaintance of mine, another Matthew, a writer, while we stood in line for the New Yorker College Tour event featuring Jonathan Franzen and Sherman Alexie at UW.” (12/1/05)

“I hate to disagree, but actually the single most important moment in 1982, gay-liberation-wise, took place six months earlier, in the last week of May, in The New Yorker. This is the magazine that had published J. D. Salinger’s stories, Vladimir Nabokov’s stories, Shirley Jackson’s 'The Lottery,' Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” (a four-part series), John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” (it took up an entire issue in 1946), Hannah Arendt’s ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’ (where the phrase ‘the banality of evil’ originated)—need I go on?” (6/21/07)

“You don’t know who Shteynhart is? You don’t read The New Yorker?” (12/15/06)

“It was published in the New Yorker in 1999 under the title ‘The Bear Came over the Mountain,’ and I remember where I was sitting when I read it.” (5/9/07)

“The appearance of the story also signals major career ambitions on Ochsner’s part: The New Yorker is the most prominent forum for publishing short fiction in this country, and they almost never publish unsolicited work.” (8/19/04)

“As Adam Haslett put it in the New Yorker: 'The force and scope of the opinion surprised even its supporters. In a rare gesture, the Court not only overturned Bowers v. Hardwick, a 1986 opinion upholding a Georgia sodomy statute, but in essence apologized for it: ‘Its continuance as precedent demeans the lives of homosexual persons.'’” (6/23/05)

“I only recently noticed that the lyric sheet for Oh, Inverted World looks like a chapbook, line breaks and all; a random check of the poem in the New Yorker currently sitting on my dining-room table confirms that some of these lyrics are better than the poetry in the New Yorker.” (2/14/07)

“At 17, she sold her first poem to the New Yorker. She chose the New Yorker because ‘I knew that it was my escape and I knew I better choose well if I wanted escape.’” (9/12/07)

“When in the course of human evenings it becomes necessary to find the answers to the questions in the Ketel One ad on the back of the current New Yorker, and it’s after midnight, it is something to know that Seattle Public Library is there for you.” (7/13/07)

“Whatever Thompson means about McDonell being the ‘real thing,’ that can’t be the most apt way to describe a writer who, weeks in advance of Twelve’s publication, apparently misled The New Yorker. The 18-year-old author told a New Yorker reporter that Details had asked him to remove his shirt when he posed for a photo, but he refused. “Nobody from Details ever asked him to disrobe,” the editor of Details shot back in a letter The New Yorker printed the following week. “We don’t know much about his writing,” the letter went on, “but he seems to have an extremely productive imagination.” (From Seattle Weekly, 7/24/02)

“I first discovered you in an anthology of fiction from the New Yorker. But you’re not published in the New Yorker anymore.” (3/20/07)

“...New Yorker...” (12/9/04) “...New Yorker...” (2/10/05) “...New Yorker...” (5/19/05) “...New Yorker...” (10/18/05) “...New Yorker...” (11/17/05) “...New Yorker...” (12/19/05) “...New Yorker...” (8/23/06) “...New Yorker...” (11/21/06) “...New Yorker...” (3/27/07) “...New Yorker...” (4/27/07) “...New Yorker...” (6/12/07) “...New Yorker...” (8/15/05)

“Can you believe this shit? Can you believe he’s STILL writing about the new yorker and jonathan safran foer? Why does he always have to genuflect to this hipster shit? Why doesn’t he just move to new york already? Doesn’t he realize there are other magazines and other writers out there? Or has he just not read any of them? Or... And... Just wanted to get you guys started.” (9/20/07)

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