New Yorker Magazine (PER NEW Y)
It’s not a golf score, but the number of years it’s been published. It survived the Depression, World War II and other foreign incursions, the Red Scare and the attack on the Twin Towers. Writers James Baldwin championed civil rights and John McPhee fought hard for the environment in its pages. It became a showplace for photographer Richard Avedon and cartoonists Charles Addams, William Steig, Saul Steinberg and Roz Chast; its cartoons and covers have puzzled and pleased since its inception.
Malcom Gladwell, Ian Frazier and Atul Gawande have contributed outstanding nonfiction pieces over the years. The magazine isn’t just New York-centric any more: a recent piece (in the May 25 issue) on California’s drought and the Colorado River gives excellent background on a complicated situation. Fiction stars Muriel Spark, John Cheever, Thomas McGuane and poets Mary Jo Bang, Jorie Graham, Eavan Boland and Leonard Cohen have appeared in the magazine as well. Current movie critics Anthony Lane and David Denby give the lowdown on what’s good, bad and just average in current cinema. Columnists cover classical and popular music, dance, Broadway, sports, television and recent books of interest.
My one complaint is that it’s hard to keep up with a magazine that arrives 47 times a year. What have I missed if I don’t read it all?