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Ten best New Yorker pieces from 2009

The New Yorkerest project is here to help you get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to eliminate that bedside stack of New Yorker magazines.  Think of all the things you could do with the extra space on your bedside table.

It’s no easy task to narrow an already-crowded roster of amazing New Yorker articles from this year. Alas, a top-47 list would prove unwieldy, so without further ado here are my ten favorite pieces from 2009 (in publication order) Continue reading Ten best New Yorker pieces from 2009

The top five New Yorker articles of 2009 to date

Half of 2009 has magically slipped away and that stack of New Yorkers on your bedside table isn’t going to read itself. If you’re fortunate to have some time away from the office this summer, give yourself the gift of reading some truly worthwhile pieces from the first half of this year. (And when you’re done with that, forgive yourself for the rest of the unread issues.) My favorite pieces of 2009 to date are Continue reading The top five New Yorker articles of 2009 to date

A look back at 2008

The end of any year brings much introspection and the inevitable best of lists.  As this is a project solely devoted to a best of theme, it appears to be only appropriate to select a best of for the year. However, I am reluctant to provide such a selection for both practical and philosophical reasons. To understand my reasoning, I must return to the impetus of this project.

In early 2008, I took notice that many of my friends had stacks of The New Yorker magazines neatly piled on their coffee table (or bedside table, or dining room table . . .). Each time I spotted this stack I instinctively asked if they had read some article with which I was currently obsessed. Perhaps it seemed that I asked only to assert that I too was one of the cool kids reading this fine Condé Nast publication. Although I have oft been guilty of such transparent self-serving inquisition, on these occasions I had no ulterior motives. Each time I asked the answer would be some variation of “I’m still about ten issues behind, is that a good article?”  After months of these conversations, I figured that there may be more people out there who love The New Yorker, but just don’t have time to read each issue from cover to cover. Thus the New Yorkerest was born.
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