Tuesday, February 28, 2006


I’ve encouraged you to purchase The Complete New Yorker and to subscribe to the magazine. Today, to hit the trifecta, I wanted to mention that The New Yorker has an informative website you should read on Tuesdays.

Each week The New Yorker posts select articles from the latest issue, making them available for free before subscribers receive their magazines in the mail. For example, Jeffrey Toobin’s Drawing the Line, Tom Delay and a Texas Gerymander, from the March 6, 2006 issue was posted today.

You can also search a subset of the archives from the past year. Stories with political implications tend to be over-represented in the contents made publicly available, but this enables you to read Jane Mayer’s excellent The Memo from last week or her investigative piece on interrogation techniques, The Experiment, from this summer.

Unfortunately, gems from last year like David Grann's "The Lost City of Z," Elizabeth Kolbert’s "The Climate of Man," John McPhee's "Coal Train," and my favorite Burkhard Bilger's "The Egg Men" are not online - Conde Naste does have a staff to pay. But, you can read Kevin Conley’s The Players, Ken Auletta’s The New Pitch, Malcolm Gladwell’s The Moral-Hazard Myth, and Chandler Burr’s The Scent of the Nile.

Other features of the newyorker.com include a large number of short stories and The Film File, a database of more than 2,000 brief film reviews from the last 15 years. The have also created The Hard Drive, their repository of online-only features like slide shows and interviews with contributors. A great example is this discussion with John McPhee.


At 9:01 PM, Anonymous stuart said...

Paul converted me on this one long ago. I admit that I hesitated for a while, thinking that to enjoy the New Yorker, you had to be a (pseudo) intellectual, Madison Avenue lefty. Three years later, I'm hooked. Maybe that means I'm one of those lefties -- except for the Madison Avenue part (though I do like Barneys).


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