|"View of the World from 9th Avenue"|
Saul Steinberg's iconic cover from March 29, 1976
In those early years as a subscriber I always turned to Andrew Porter for the classical music scene, Penelope Gilliat or Pauline Kael for movie reviews and John Lahr (son of everyone's favourite Cowardly Lion) for theatre. But there was also the short stories - Mavis Gallant being one of my favourites - and fascinating Profiles of people in the news. And of course the cartoons - the marvellous grotesques of Charles Addams, Gahan Wilson and sly social comments by William Steig and almost dadaist renderings of Saul Steinberg. Steinberg created - after Eustace Tilley - the best known cover in the magazine's history: the 1976 "A Parochial New Yorker's View of the World" - which guyed the self-centred view New Yorkers had of the world. So many of the covers were classic in their own right - for years we had a series of culinary covers from the magazine hanging in our various kitchens around the world.
|Does anything really have to be added to Barry Blitt's cover for the January 21, 2013 issue?|
I think it pretty much says all that has to be said about the current situation in Washington.
As I say after more than I decade I began to subscribe again on-line - 47 times a year (they changed the publication schedule a few years ago) I get The New Yorker delivered to my iPad/iPhone. Though many of those contributors I enjoyed when I first started subscribing have disappeared from its pages a new crop has appeared to take their place. The writing is still the crisp New Yorker style as are the fascinating little vagaries of spelling and punctuation (my Lara would be so pleased at the use of the serial comma); the cartoons are still funny (if the language a bit saltier) and the covers still make some of the most powerful statements on the current world. The content has become more political, more attuned to current events - this past week's Letter from Jerusalem included a profile of Jewish Home Party candidate Naftali Bennett - and even perhaps a little less - gasp - New York. But in the past year I can safely say there has not been one issue that I haven't found three or four interesting essays, commentaries or stories - and the humour quotient is still pretty high for the cartoons. And some of those covers - this week's internet animated version shows how far they've come at New Yorker since those pathetic CDs - are sure to become classics.
|Our Nora loves this Charles Barsotti cartoon and highly endorses the sentiment.|
Renewal time is shortly - looks like I'll be amongst that 85%.
All images on this post come from The New Yorker magazine published by Condé Nast.
While working on this post I found an interview with Mary Noriss, a copy editor with the magazine. It gives insight into what goes into creating one of the most assiduously fact-checked and edited magazines published today.
22 January - 1877: Arthur Tooth, an Anglican clergyman is taken into custody after being prosecuted for using ritualist practices.