The New Yorker

July 24, 2014

Ms. J and I have been New Yorker subscribers for more than 22 years. We’ve been through or still subscribe to Architectural Digest, The Atlantic, Gourmet, Harpers, New York Review of Books, O, Saveur, Vanity Fair, etc., but the longest running magazine subscription we have, and the seeming constant to which we are attached, is the New Yorker.

Within the last week or so the New Yorker announced changes in its web issue. Here’s A Note to Our Readers from the July 28 issue. And the really big deal? The paywall has been lifted for what appears to be an undefined period of time which will end before December 31, 2014. I believe the whole archive, from forever since 1923, is available at New Yorker Archive.

A couple of days ago I ran across The New Yorker Is Temporarily Making Its Archives Free; Here Are 8 Stories You Should Read by Harrison Jacobs at Business Insider. Eight truly amazing pieces, by Hannah Arendt, John Hersey, Rachel Carson, Seymour Hersh, Philip Gourevitch, David Remnick, Jane Mayer, and Truman Capote. Eight great writers, all published in one magazine (in different issues.) The link may be taking you to the single best collection of essays/profiles you’ll find anywhere. Ever.

“And there’s more,” quoting the “it’s almost over” part of every late night television advertisement for something you think you need. Here’s Letter from the Archive:  The Ketchup Conundrum by Jay Rothman, which links to Malcolm Gladwell’s iconic piece about ketchup and everything you could ever want to know about it. And here, in furtherance of food—real food, not President Ronald Reagan’s fourth food group—is Our Favorite New Yorker Food Articles, from Artisan Toast to Very Hot Chiles from Bon Appétit magazine.

In conclusion, I’d forgotten how much the New Yorker has contributed to my life. Thanks, and enjoy the links to great writing!!!

P.S. I can’t leave out John Siegenthaler’s Epic Sensibility by Jon Meacham from July 15. Worth a read, to appreciate a life very well lived!


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