Happy President’s Day Weekend!
We hope you are enjoying this long, chilly President’s Day. It would be a good time to cuddle up on the sofa and read the New Yorker. Me, I’ve loved the cartoons since I was a kid. But now that I’m grown up, the articles are pretty interesting too.
This title was founded in 1925 as a magazine of “gaity, wit, and satire”. From the beginning, it published social and political commentary, short fiction, satire, and poetry, cartoons and in-depth news coverage. The history of its staff writers looks like a Who’s Who of American writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. These luminaries have included Truman Capote, John Cheever, John Thurber, Dorothy Parker, Roald Dahl, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, Alice Munro, and Stephen King, to name just a few.
The magazine also includes detailed reviews of movies and events around New York City, even though it has a large circulation outside of the city. As I mentioned above, the cartoons have always been a feature. Since 2005 the magazine has published an uncaptioned one on the last page of every issue as a contest to allow readers to provide the funniest text.
This magazine turns 91 next week. Being the outlet for a bunch of essayists, they wrote some essays about the magazine over time. You can look them up here:
Just so you don’t think we left out Valentine’s Day good wishes…