"Brendan Gill" wrote for The New Yorker for more than 60 years. He also contributed film criticism for Film Comment and wrote a popular book about his time at the New Yorker magazine.

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We don't think there's any problem from an engineering perspective or a structural perspective. The bridge is safe.

There's a lot of communication going on and that's why we're having a face-to-face meeting. We're not worried but we won't be satisfied until we have the (funding plan) approved.

The guns of the big events rumble through our pages, but the tiny firecrackers are constantly hissing and popping there as well; it appears that much of my life as a journalist has been devoted to sedulously setting off firecrackers.

If the unexamined life is not worth living, the unexamined past is not worth possessing; it bears fruit only by being held continuously up to the light, and is as changeable and as full of surprises, pleasant and unpleasant, as the future.

Parody is homage gone sour.

If it were better, it wouldn't be as good.

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

I will try to cram these paragraphs full of facts and give them a weight and shape no greater than that of a cloud of blue butterflies.

It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention.

The Federal Highway Administration should essentially recognize that later-year funding in the program will be subject to state legislative action, and that happens in many states.