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The purpose of the “New Yorker.”

April 27, 2011 \pm\30 7:55 pm

I saw an installation of Kara Walker’s in the Hessel Museum at Bard College (“Look Away! Look Away! Look Away!”). Seeing the silhouetted forms, I noticed that I felt friendly to Ms. Walker, as if I’d met her at a party. Then I remembered — I’d read a profile of her in the New Yorker, by Hilton Als.


That’s the purpose of the New Yorker: to give you the illusion that you’ve met Kara Walker for five minutes.


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