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January 18, 2007

George W.S. Trow, 1943-2006

I missed this by several months, but George W.S. Trow, the essayist who worked for one of the great vehicles of 20th Century cartooning, The New Yorker, and helped to found another, National Lampoon, passed away in November from natural causes. He was 63 years old. An early editor of National Lampoon, Trow was considered by many the best essay writer of the William Shawn New Yorker. His most famous piece was probably 1980's "Within the Context of No Context." He quit the Tina Brown New Yorker fairly early on out of distaste for the celebrity-driven editorial policy that began to seep in; he felt celebrity worship was beginning to cripple our culture in a variety of ways.
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