Who reads the New Yorker?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||November 25, 2021 8:34 PM|
For a long time. I started with cartoons.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||November 24, 2021 4:45 PM|
What is the demographic? Upper middle class educated white people?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||November 24, 2021 4:47 PM|
It's always been "middle class" in the old sense. Not middle income, not upper crust. People with an education and a profession.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||November 24, 2021 4:48 PM|
I did. I liked the pre Tina Brown New Yorker. I loved those long long articles. John McPhee was a fav. I am less interested in it after it became more newsy and plugged into current events.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||November 24, 2021 4:52 PM|
It's got a rather wide national distribution, mostly appealing to very middle class people in very middle class places like Iowa City or Charlotte NC where having it on your coffee table makes you look like you must be smart (or at least, you can read). I would guess the average age of its subscribers, which always skewed old, is now probably about 70. I don't know anyone under the age of 40 who reads it except for the creative writing students at every crappy masters program hoping against hope that some day they'll get a story published in it.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||November 24, 2021 4:53 PM|
Jeffrey Toobin writes good books and some good articles.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||November 24, 2021 4:58 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 7||November 24, 2021 5:01 PM|
I do. I used to have a subscription. Now I read a lot of articles online. They often have really good digital subscription specials. Though, it's pretty easy to get around paywalls if need be. Plus they seem a pretty high level of free content before being asked to pay. And I still buy a hard copy in the airport when traveling to read on the plane - if there's two or three articles that interest me. Granted, at 48 years old, the print is so damn small. Lol. Need my readers now.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||November 24, 2021 5:09 PM|
I’ve subscribed for years and I live in Iowa City! It’s become a habit. The magazines pile up and every once in a while I arrange them by date. I read them when I’m bored with what I’m reading it I’m between books. I can’t say that I read every article word by word. I like Judith Thurman and Rebecca Mead. I skim Jill Lepore. She has interesting essay subjects but she writes way too much. The political reporting isn’t different from your favorite political blog.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||November 24, 2021 5:23 PM|
The demographic is NPR listeners. These days I don't know any New Yorker subscribers who aren't also big on NPR.
I subscribed when I was young (I'm old now) and it was pretty hit or miss under William Shawn but at least it was surprising and had a bit of an edge. Tina Brown ruined it for me and David Remnick is just boring (he runs the same sort of article you can read everywhere else). The cartoon competition was the last straw and now I never look at it.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||November 24, 2021 5:38 PM|
I do. I've had a subscription for years. Love it - the articles, the cartoons, and the covers.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||November 24, 2021 5:40 PM|
The crossword puzzles and games are a lot of fun. They have one called Name Drop where you have to guess a famous person based on clues.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||November 24, 2021 5:41 PM|
I do, also. Longtime subscriber. Live in Michigan.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||November 24, 2021 5:43 PM|
Iranians and other foreigners.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||November 24, 2021 5:46 PM|
I read it. I don’t have a subscription but I’ll read a copy when I come across one. I read everything in it except the long fiction.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||November 24, 2021 5:54 PM|
I do. I love the long articles, don't read the editorial at the front and increasingly avoid the political reporting, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||November 24, 2021 5:54 PM|
Ronan Farrow had an article recently about Britney Spears' conservatorship which seemed odd for The NY'er.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||November 24, 2021 5:55 PM|
Loved the old days when it arrived in a brown paper slip; when "Goings on About Town" was worth reading; when Pauline Kael wrote the film reviews; when the fiction was SO much better; and when even the ads were more interesting.
And yes, they do pile up.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||November 24, 2021 5:58 PM|
It features some great long read once in a while, and that's it.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||November 24, 2021 6:01 PM|
I buy a subscription every Christmas for my husband. He reads it from cover to cover.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||November 24, 2021 6:04 PM|
Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly, Town & Country, New York Magazine, NYT Magazine, Esquire, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Mother Jones, National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Interview, Vanity Fair, Scientific American, Discover... and yes New Yorker.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||November 24, 2021 6:14 PM|
I love reading any of the long profiles about a particular person. In recent years they have seemed to take less time and care in crafting those. It’s probably also been difficult with social media and the web making it easier for people to find obscure information for themselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||November 24, 2021 6:17 PM|
Ronan's piece was probably a tie-in to that documentary about it I couldn't finish watching. I loathed the way they filmed it, made me dizzy.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||November 24, 2021 9:10 PM|
I've had a subscription for years and have noticed the change, the usage of vulgar language in various short stories. Last month an extended article on a botched circumcision that went into extreme description of his penis. I wondered how the New Yorker's famous fact checkers checked the veracity of various statements that were made. Does anyone remember magazine called Saturday Review, editor Norman Cousins.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||November 24, 2021 9:25 PM|
(R18) (R24) I totally agree about the changes in the magazine, give me the previous years..Pauline Kael and especially Andrew Porter reviewing the classical music scene.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||November 24, 2021 9:30 PM|
If you are reading the new yorker, i can not fathom how boring your life must be !
|by Anonymous||reply 26||November 24, 2021 9:34 PM|
(R26) I yawned reading your inane statement.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||November 24, 2021 9:40 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||November 24, 2021 9:54 PM|
Only look at cartoons. Articles too lengthy.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||November 24, 2021 9:58 PM|
As a woman of taste and discretion, I read only two publications: the New Yorker for culture and intellectual stimulation, and Datalounge for gossip and sizemeat verificata.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||November 24, 2021 10:01 PM|
I believe we call them prisspots.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||November 24, 2021 10:04 PM|
Is Jeffrey Toobin still in vogue? I thought his readership dropped dramatically after he masturbated on Zoom in front of most of the U.S.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||November 24, 2021 10:04 PM|
I subscribed (digitally) for the first time last year. Their digital subscription includes a lot of in-app articles that are not in the magazine itself, plus the access to their online archive. I think where they excel is not the same political and COVID-19 coverage which you can find, well, everywhere, but their reviews of cultural events, books, all genres of music, movies, television, etc. Often, they also feature articles focusing on the climate crisis and environmental issues which are well worth a read.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||November 24, 2021 10:18 PM|
R32 he is writing a new book on the Oklahoma City bombings. Should come out next year.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||November 24, 2021 10:39 PM|
I'm still waiting to see Toobin's noobin.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||November 24, 2021 10:41 PM|
My God, the people "unhappy" with the NYer must be as old as my now deceased aunt whose Christmas gift subscription started me as a subscriber. She noticed that I liked reading her. Tina Brown has been gone for decades and while she stunk up the place for awhile, she also ushered out the waxworks--writers like Ved Mehta who droned on about nothing. Kael has been dead for years you know and her later reviews tended to be unreadable.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||November 24, 2021 10:46 PM|
[quote]Who reads the New Yorker?
Presumably people who are from or are interested in New York.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||November 24, 2021 10:48 PM|
I did a long time ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||November 24, 2021 11:00 PM|
Yeah, I've read it regularly for over 40 years. I always read it back to front, and never get to the sections at the beginning. I think that started with Pauline Kael's film reviews at the back... I used to think Kael was god, though now I kind suspect if I read her again I'd see petty and venal. I was in a position once to see how she longed after Clint Eastwood, even while trashing him in print.
It's "changed" several times editorially over the decades, not just w/Tina Brown. Remember how at one time they never "allowed" any photos at all. And recent years the review of music and literature and the arts assume a younger, "hip", demographic. Even if it's 70 year olds like me reading about the newest hip hop/grime/trap star.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||November 24, 2021 11:39 PM|
[Quote] I wondered how the New Yorker's famous fact checkers checked the veracity of various statements that were made.
My goodness, yes. I was at the receiving end of their grilling once. Impressive.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||November 25, 2021 1:23 AM|
[quote] Last month an extended article on a botched circumcision that went into extreme description of his penis.
I loved this article, it was horrifying / fascinating!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||November 25, 2021 1:27 AM|
I just finished the circumcision article. It was horrifying, and I ended up skipping the more graphic parts about what was happening to his dick (ouch!), but the background cultural stuff was interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||November 25, 2021 6:03 AM|
Should I ask for a link to the circumcision article? I get queasy easily but my curiosity had been sparked.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||November 25, 2021 6:05 AM|
I always found I’d get halfway through their features and think, this is going to be twice as much as I want to read about this topic. .
|by Anonymous||reply 44||November 25, 2021 6:13 AM|
The Atlantic is better
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 25, 2021 6:49 AM|
I don't read any magazines that don't have lots of photos.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||November 25, 2021 7:20 AM|
I gave it up for Vanity Fair when they had real articles. Then I tried the Atlantic. Finally Harper's is the last one of them I subscribed to
|by Anonymous||reply 47||November 25, 2021 10:17 AM|
I used to read every word of the Economist; but then the US edition became a Republican spin-sheet and I stopped trusting it.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||November 25, 2021 10:19 AM|
I do. They pile up and I stack them in various places in my house. Many amusing covers of the Orange Turd. I fantasize about crafting a giant collage, but then the next issue arrives….
I like the fiction and the so called poetry. Like wen I was a kid and got Highlights magazine — fave their was Goofus and Gallant
|by Anonymous||reply 49||November 25, 2021 12:59 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 50||November 25, 2021 1:10 PM|
I'm more of a People person.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||November 25, 2021 1:19 PM|
I like the moderately challenging crossword at the back.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||November 25, 2021 1:19 PM|
It lost its luster after William Shawn retired in 1987. David Remnick is a starfucker, just like Tina Brown. To go from publishing Hannah Arendt, Janet Malcolm and Pauline Karel to Ronan Farrow is quite the precipitous drop in quality. Also the humor columns (Shouts & Murmurs, Borowitz Report) are painfully unfunny.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||November 25, 2021 1:19 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 54||November 25, 2021 1:21 PM|
As mentioned above, the Atlantic is now a much better magazine -- better politics, better writing, and its editors allow their writers to retain their voice, as opposed to the New Yorker, in which every article feels as though it were written by the same person.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||November 25, 2021 3:48 PM|
I'm a long time subscriber. I love going to my mailbox weekly and seeing my new New Yorker!
|by Anonymous||reply 56||November 25, 2021 3:53 PM|
OP: Trump supporter with a brain the size of a pea.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||November 25, 2021 4:15 PM|
R49 "So called poetry..." Please explain. Two poems per issue, both from recognized leading poets, and new poets. A range of forms and styles. Unquestionably the premier periodical that's not primarily literary (Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review) for publishing poetry.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||November 25, 2021 4:32 PM|
The New Yorker OD'd on Tina. RIP.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||November 25, 2021 4:38 PM|
So much better after Pauline Kael died.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||November 25, 2021 4:40 PM|
Pauline Kael had retired from the New Yorker long before she died.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||November 25, 2021 5:22 PM|
I haven't read it in probably twenty years. There was a time when I read in it, not cover to cover. I never subscribed so probably in the library or doctor's office.
I used to read the Economist cover to cover. Kept up with UK politics that way. It came to my then workplace so it was free. A few years ago I bought a reduced subscription thing. A nostalgia thing. It was somehow ridiculous. I thought I could get most of this information poking around with Google. How does it stay in business?
|by Anonymous||reply 62||November 25, 2021 5:33 PM|
The Atlantic periodically publishes something really stupid.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||November 25, 2021 6:04 PM|
The Atlantic sometimes veers too close to Slate-style hot takes and I can’t stand the contingent of idiots there who think college campuses are the premier threat to the nation. They get a big plus from me for Caitlin Flanagan, though, who writes extraordinarily interesting and persuasive stuff even when I disagree with it 75% of the time. I wish they hadn’t hired Liz Bruenig, there’s no one more tiresome (other than her husband).
|by Anonymous||reply 64||November 25, 2021 6:23 PM|
I read the short stories, the book and film pieces and one or two other other articles.
Of course the articles I don’t read are the ones people talk about for weeks.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||November 25, 2021 6:32 PM|
I check it every week online and usually find at least one long article to absorb me. The huge recent piece about the gay Bennington teacher who kept voluminous diaries and mentored Donna Tartt, for example. A type far from alien to DL, and a riveting read.
Articles by Louis Menand, Adam Gopnik, Joan Acocella and Anthony Lane usually repay attention. I formerly subscribed, but the sense of duty at the pile-ups became oppressive, so online cherry-picks work better for me. I'd miss The New Yorker if it wasn't there any more.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||November 25, 2021 7:45 PM|
I had a print subscription for several years. After I was done reading each magazine, I'd pass it on to my coworker, who seemed to appreciate getting the mags.
I like the short stories and the long articles. Never did find the cartoons funny at all.
If there had been at least *one* good article / story in each issue, I might have continued subscribing. When I realized that I could go through an entire issue and not find one, single worthwhile thing in there, I stopped subscribing.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||November 25, 2021 8:34 PM|