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 (or high-middlebrow, at least), 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 cover art it has produced, as well as the short fiction, essays, poems, and one-panel cartoons that are included in every issue. Charles Addams, Roald Dahl, Alice Munro, Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, James Thurber, and Gahan Wilson 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 bombing of Hiroshima, which was published as the only article of the August 31, 1946 edition of the magazine.In 2016 it spun off a television series called The New Yorker Presents, available via Amazon Prime and featuring a format not entirely unlike the magazine's, presenting short segments covering a variety of topics and using the magazine's iconic cartoons as intermissions.
Features examples of:
- Antiquated Linguistics: The editorial department of the magazine is well known for being sticklers for grammar and also for their old-fashioned stylistic choices, for example, spelling out all numbers in full no matter how convoluted it is, hypenating words that have long dropped the hyphen in common usage (e.g. to-day and teen-ager), and using a diaeresis instead of a hyphen (e.g. coöperate, instead of co-operate or cooperate).
- Big Applesauce: One of the major promoters of the trope.
- Caption Contest: Runs one every week with one of its cartoons.
- 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 recent years the anniversary issues have featured new cover illustrations that re-imagine or parody the original. (Examples here◊ and here.◊)
- Phony Article: House cartoonists are sometimes used to advertise products.
- Satire: The Borowitz Report is a comedy section of the magazine written in the style of its own more factual fare, leading to much confusion among unfamiliar readers.
- Serious Business: The proper rules of grammar must always be observed!