The September 5th issue of The New Yorker has an outdated article on our wonderful city of Long Beach, local surfer – Balaram Stack & the Quiksilver Pro (The New Yorker – AT THE SHORE, LOCAL HERO by William Finneganr.)
I say “outdated” because it was written pre-Hurricane Irene, so the festivals, Flaming Lips and skateboarding are mentioned, but that’s neither the magazines nor the authors fault; it’s just the way of printed life. Perhaps a ‘correction’ blurb in their next issue will mention the new Hurricane Aftermath-Event?
The article mostly talks about local surfer Balaram Stack, as it should since it’s rare for surf pros to hail from the northeast. The writer gives us an inside look at Balaram’s life around town – such as helping kids learn how to surf, then signing autographs when the lesson is over. Good stuff. Balaram is, after all, our local celebrity.
In typical The New Yorker fashion, they take a snobby shot at Long Beach by saying it’s a retirement community and the likes of Hoffmann Manor “set the oceanfront tone.” I know how this magazine works, since we’re subscribers at my household. The New Yorker being pretentious is normal behavior; this comment was meant to make the Brooklyn & Manhattanites feel more superior and secure about themselves- since Long Beach is in neither. (BOOM, there goes my slight, snobby comment back atcha). I lived in the city for a long time. I know all about their ‘center of the universe’ syndrome. Don’t get me wrong, I loved living there, but Long Beach is very special and untouchable as far as I’m concern. I’ll defend it as much as I can. Besides, who doesn’t like old people?
Anyways, it’s pretty significate to be in The New Yorker since it’s a prestigious magazine that’s well written and read worldwide. It’s a great mention for those who are dying to get Long Beach on ‘the map.’ By doing a search for LONG BEACH on The New Yorker website, this is the only Long Beach-related article that shows up. Let’s enjoy the publicity while we can.
If you’re an avid New Yorker reader, chances are you already subscribe and have this issue. For everybody else, you can’t read the article online, unless you want to pay a fee. (Link: The New Yorker – AT THE SHORE, LOCAL HERO). Otherwise, you can find it on newsstands now. It’s a weekly magazine, so just look for the September 5th issue.The article is short, so make sure you flip though the magazine first and check it out before you pay for it.