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New Yorker: Comment

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A weekly reading of the magazine's "Comment" essay.

Customer Reviews

Painfully performed 1/7/08

I thought that the writing was excellent, but that the reader sounded like a melodramatic high school drama queen. It makes me cringe to listen to someone who seems to be trying so hard to sound much more eloquent than she is or than the piece requires. I'll go back to reading the magazine and listening to NPR.

Couldn't agree more with jm2e: This podcast needs new readers.

The female reader (I believe her name is Christine Marshall?) speaks like a caricature of a New Yorker writer. This is why people make fun of the magazine, despite its often brilliant writing and cutting-edge reporting. They really do not need to worsen their arch, snooty image by continuing to have this woman deliver the Comment to the help over the edge of her martini glass. This would be a five-star review if not for the readers, and mainly the above-mentioned. But I do have a bone to pick with one of the others: Whenever there's a Comment on Iraq, one of these performers repeatedly pronounces the second "w" in "withdrawal". This is not pronounced in any version of English I've ever heard, and the pretension is almost as ridiculous as Christine Marshall's unvarying minor-key inflection at the ends of her sentences.

Dan Bernard is an insufferable reader

Glad to see that I'm not the only one who can't stand the readers The New Yorker chose for this podcast, especially Dan Bernard, who's just plain awful. He has this grating, obviously put-on tick of slighlty halting before delivering the second part of a clause -- a speaking habit that, I assume, is supposed to mimic the pause one might take in improvised speach before reaching a clever insight on the spot. Someone along the way must've reassured Mr. Bernard that this is charming because I can't see how else such an idiotic mannerism would otherwise stick. As for the female reader, though I don't much like her either, for me it sounds as if she's been encouraged to ape Mr. Bernard's ridiculous delivery, so I once again pin the blame on him and on the show's producers. The content of the Comment section is, of course, terrific. Please just please get someone else to read it for the podcast.

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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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