Regarding Literary Magazines: An Interview with David Remnick

David Remnick has been the chief editor of The New Yorker since 1998. He joined the magazine as a staff writer in 1992 having spent ten years at the Washington Post as a reporter. Remnick has also published six books, most recently, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (New York: Knopf, 2010.) His 1993 book, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
Besides being the chief ed. at the New Yorker, Remnick continues to produce a significant amount of articles and essays for the magazine. Enkare Review got interested in interviewing Remnick for two reasons: how he manages The New Yorker and how he keeps writing with such a high profile job. This interview took place via email between Sanya Noel in the hot, dusty Nairobi and David Remnick in the cold Manhattan borough of New York.

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In The Shadow of Context

By Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Context: The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.”

– Oxford English Dictionary


In the early twenties, Professor Ivor A. Richards, in search of a new way to teach the assessment and appreciation of poetry, came up with an idea that seems commonplace now, but at the time was interesting enough to challenge existing conventions. What he did, an experiment he detailed in his book Practical Criticisms (1929), was to distribute to his students, poems written by a wide range of people from ancient masters to modern practitioners, from Shakespeare to a random poet in the reigning literary magazine, without the names of the authors printed on the pages of the poems.

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The Somalification of James Karangi

by Abdul Adan

One afternoon, three young people were sitting around a table at Khalfan’s restaurant in downtown Mombasa. Their gestures and murmurs were like those of disloyal soldiers plotting a mutiny. The trio was comprised of Khalid Bawazir, his cousin Ayaan and her forbidden fiancé James Karangi, aka Mohamed.

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Two Poems

by Michelle Angwenyi

dans la maladie

I came across it in my dreams and I woke up singing the French for it – dans la maladie, dans la maladie.

A meshwork of metal

Inside the disease

Becoming an illness.

I saw it the next day and it was

All over the place, in pieces.

It must have taken more than strength to pry my eyes open and

collect them, and once there, put it together again, paint it

tell it to relax, try not to kill me.

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