The New Yorker
The New Yorker is an American weekly magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. Started as a weekly in 1925, the magazine is now published 47 times annually. The magazine is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana.
About The New Yorker in brief
The New Yorker is an American weekly magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. Started as a weekly in 1925, the magazine is now published 47 times annually, with five of these issues covering two-week spans. The magazine is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana, its attention to modern fiction by the inclusion of short stories and literary reviews, its rigorous fact checking and copy editing, its journalism on politics and social issues, and its single-panel cartoons sprinkled throughout each issue. Recent subjects have included eccentric evangelist Creflo Dollar, different ways in which humans perceive the passage of time, and Münchaus syndrome by proxy. Under the rubric of Prof. Henry R. Luce, it publishes notable people such as Ernest Hemingway, Michael Romanoff, magician Ricky Jay, and mathematicians David Chudnovsky and Gregory Chudak. The New Yorker has been an effective instrument for getting a large audience to appreciate modern literature. Kurt Vonnegut said that The New Yorkers has been a very good institution of the sort needed. They have a captive audience, and they come out every week, and people finally catch on to Barthelme, for instance, and are able to perform that sort of thing in their heads and enjoy it, he said in a 1974 interview with Joe David Bellamy and John Casey.
He added: No other art requires the audience to be a good performer, and you may write music which he absolutely can’t perform—in which case it’s a bust. You have to count on the reader’s being a good performers, and those writers you mentioned and myself are teaching an audience how to play this kind of music in their head. It’s a learning process, and The New York Times is a good example of how to do it. It’s not just a magazine. It is a cultural institution. It has a wide audience outside New York and is read internationally. It was founded by Harold Ross and his wife Jane Grant and debuted on February 21, 1925. Ross edited the magazine until his death in 1951. In subsequent decades the magazine published short stories by many of the most respected writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Ann Beattie, Sally Benson, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Roald Dahl, Mavis Gallant, Ruth McKenney, John McNulty, Joseph Mitchell, Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov, John O’Hara, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, Irwin Shaw, James Thurber, John Updike, Eudora Welty, Stephen King, and E. B. White. In its early decades, the. magazine sometimes published two or even three short stories a week, but in recent years the pace has remained steady at one story per issue.