Speaking of The New Yorker…

September 3, 2009 | 2

Is just me, or has The New Yorker been resurgent the last few weeks? In addition to the David Grann piece mentioned below, we’ve gotten: Bloomberg, diving, James Wood‘s most cogent essay to date on atheism and belief, and a F-B-P triple play. (That’s Friend to Bilger to Paumgarten, for those keeping score at home.)  And I read the fiction for five issues in a row – a personal best. I know they assemble these things far in advance, but it still feels like the Ian Frazier “Siberia” two-parter, eight years in the making, started some kind of conflagration of awesomeness. Thoughts?

is the author of City on Fire and A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


  1. You forgot to mention the Sedaris piece, as well! I agree–the publication has certainly picked things up as of late. Perhaps if they can continue this quality of work, they will set an example for other publications to do the same. Some people are terrified about the “death of the newspaper/magazine,” but as long as The New Yorker keeps up this string of quality content, I will gladly pay the price for hard copies.

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