Magazine: The New Yorker

Eustace Tilley with butterfly.

The New Yorker is a weekly literary, cultural, and news magazine published in New York City by print media giant Condé Nast. Since its debut on February 21, 1925, it has produced more than 4,000 issues.

The magazine has a reputation for being both liberal and painfully highbrow, and a significant portion of its content is devoted to cultural and lifestyle explorations of New York and its environs. Despite these characteristics, the magazine is read widely by non-New Yorkers, and is recognized throughout the United States as a shorthand signifier of metropolitan and urbane sensibilities.

The New Yorker is also renowned for the collection of iconic covers it has produced, as well as the short fiction, essays, poems, and one-panel cartoons that are included in every issue. Charles Addams, Peter Arno, John Cheever, Roald Dahl, Ed Koren, Alice Munro, Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, William Steig, Saul Steinberg, James Thurber, Gahan Wilson and E. B. White are among the more famous of the authors and artists it has employed or published over the decades.

It is also noted for its long nonfiction articles, such as John Hersey's 31,000-word piece on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


Features examples of:

  • American Newspapers
  • Big Applesauce: One of the major promoters of the trope.
  • Caption Contest: Runs one every week with one of its cartoons.
  • Caustic Critic
  • Dada Comics
  • Joisey: Like any good Manhattanite.
  • Logo Joke: It's traditional for the magazine to commemorate its anniversary each February by reproducing the cover from the inaugural issue, shown above. However, in more recent years the anniversary issues have often used new cover illustrations that re-imagine or parody the original. (Examples here and here).
  • Phony Article: House cartoonists are sometimes used to advertise products.
  • Serious Business: The proper rules of grammar must always be observed!