Janet Groth, Longtime New Yorker Receptionist, on Poetic Proposals - Public Radio's The Dinner Party by The Dinner Party Download published on 2012/06/23 00:11:01 +0000 For twenty-one years, Janet Groth sat at the epicenter of the literary universe… as the receptionist for The New Yorker magazine. In her new memoir, “The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker” (out June 26) she offers striking, personal accounts of some of the greatest writers of the sixties and seventies, including Muriel Spark, E.B. White, and Calvin Trillin. Today, we overhear Janet reading an excerpt about a poetically sad proposal. -- "The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "40 Reasons To Live In The USA."