The New Yorker

First New Yorker Cover

The First New Yorker Magazine Cover

The New Yorker magazine has been around since 1925, and it is, I think, one of the world’s great magazines.  To celebrate the redesign of its website, the magazine’s editors are making available many of its articles from 2007 to the present – but only for the summer.  I could try to describe what they’re planning to do, but I would essentially have to rewrite their description, so I’ll just quote what they have to say about this summer’s offerings:

“The New Yorker has published more than four thousand issues since it first came out, in February, 1925. If you think you have a lot of back issues to read, imagine that stack of magazines—it would be, by our calculations, nearly seventy feet high. Through the decades, the magazine has published stories on an unusually diverse array of subjects. We’ve covered momentous historical events, such as the D Day landings, and humble ones, like the first signs of spring in midtown. We’ve published Profiles of enduring personalities (Truman Capote onMarlon Brando) and those who are relatively unknown (John McPhee on Don Ainsworth). Over the years, all of these pieces have been carefully catalogued in our in-house library. Now, this summer, to celebrate the relaunch of our Web site, we’ll be sharing many of them—some famous and well loved, others obscure, but well loved by us. We’ll be doing this in two ways. First, beginning today, and continuing into the fall, we’ll be pulling selected articles together into mini-anthologies, which we’re calling Collections, and sharing them online. This week, we’ll share a group of Profiles, the magazine’s quintessential form, as well as a group of love stories. (They’ve been chosen by Deborah Treisman, our fiction editor.) Next week, we’ll be sharing pieces about New York City. And in the coming months we’ll be offering articles about Presidents (including Jonathan Schell on Richard Nixon), actors (including Pauline Kael on Cary Grant and Penelope Gilliatt on Diane Keaton), scientists (including Alva Johnston’s Profile of Albert Einstein), and artists and writers (including Lillian Ross’s Profile of Ernest Hemingway). A new Collection will be posted every Monday. We’ve also asked our writers to name some of their favorite stories, and we’ll be sharing those as well. If you follow The New Yorker on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll learn about a new archive piece each day (and about new pieces as they’re published). All of these stories, whether they’re from the thirties or the eighties, are being presented in a new, streamlined format that’s a pleasure to read. As The New Yorkers librarians, we’ve spent countless hours delving into the archive, enjoying classic pieces, and discovering forgotten ones. Over the next few months, we hope that you will, too.”

I hope you will take time to read some of the magazine’s articles.  They are well-written, and the range of authors who have published fiction and nonfiction in the magazine is truly staggering.

Complete New Yorker

I also recommend The Complete New Yorker : Eighty Years of the Nation’s Greatest Magazine which is a combination of a book and eight searchable DVDs that contain every article in the magazine from 1925 to 2005.  Note: Some people who have reviewed this product on Amazon.com complain of compatibility problems.  I have it on a laptop that uses Windows 7 and have had no problems.

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