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Ben Jurney Publishes “Netflix, A Love Story” on The New Yorker Website

Friday, October 24th, 2014
IMAGE BY BILL RECORDS / NBC / GETTY

IMAGE BY BILL RECORDS/NBC/GETTY

Humorist and comedian Ben Jurney ’14 has had yet another humor piece published in the Shouts & Murmurs section of The New Yorker‘s website.

Jurney’s fourth piece on the site, “Netflix, A Love Story” showcases Jurney’s always impressive ability to take the some of the most mundane and relatable situations and inject them with oftentimes subtle yet rewarding hilarity:

Our first weeks together were full of late-night rendezvous. Each session was intense—we could go for three or four hours without stopping. Our favorite spots were in bed, on the couch, and sometimes in the kitchen. One night, my friend Carly even got in on the action. I had never tried anything like that before.

It’s like a longer version of your friend’s constant stream of Snapchats and Tweets about how Netflix is their boyfriend/girlfriend. But actually funny. Only a day after the story was published, “Netflix, A Love Story” is presently the most popular piece on the site’s Humor section. So be sure to check out the entire piece and keep it there. Congratulations to Jurney.

New Ben Jurney Piece Published on ‘The New Yorker’ Website

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
You ever really stop and look at how fucking weird this logo is?

You ever really stop and look at how fucking weird this logo is?

Comedian and humorist Ben Jurney ’14 (and contributor to Skidmore Unofficial) has recently had a new piece entitled “Sorry, I Was Hacked!” published in the the Shouts & Murmurs section of The New Yorker.

While at Skidmore, Jurney was a member of both the Ad-Libs and Skidomedy and was a regular contributor of stand-up nights, produced last year’s ComFest, and has had ample publishing success from websites like The New Yorker, College Humor, and McSweeney’s. In fact, one of Jurney’s pieces was published in-print as part of The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendencya retrospective on the best material posted in the website’s 15-year existence. Congratulations to Jurney for his most recent publication–along with his past publication successes.

You can find Jurney’s past published material on his website, so be sure to give them a read and support a recent Skidmore alum and the publication of good writing.

Cynthia Ozick Reads Steven Millhauser So You Don’t Have To

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The New Yorker’s Fiction & Poetry section—any English major’s ultimate object of lust and badge of seriousness—has a nifty little podcast that is great to listen to while walking to school or shoveling the driveway and NOW CONTAINS MORE SKIDMORE.

In the podcast’s December 17th edition Cynthia Ozick reads “In the Reign of Harad IV,” by Skidmore English professor Steven Millhauser, and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.

The story originally appeared in Millhauser’s most recent short story collection Dangerous Laughter and can be effectively used as a conversation starter tonight at D-Hall.

Millhauser Returns To The New Yorker

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I'm probably going to win the cartoon caption contest this week also

Enigmatic Skidmore professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Millhauser has a short story called Getting Closer in this week’s New Yorker magazine.

Millhauser’s fiction has deservedly found its way into the magazine before and many of his stories remain available to non-subscribers. In 1997 his novel Martin Dressler won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and his most recent collection of short fiction Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories made the New York Times Book Review‘s list of “10 Best Books of 2008” as chosen by the paper’s editors.  Millhauser is the The Tisch Chair in Arts and Letters and will be teaching two writing workshops this upcoming semester.