Monday, July 21, 2014

DÏGG PÏCKS: The New Yorker Opened Their Archive — Here's Where To Start

You had me at superfluous umlauts.
From Digg:
In case you haven't heard, America's favorite magazine to carry in public has pulled a Willy Wonka and opened up part of their robust archive to the general public. Now you can finally join the ranks of your friends whose grandparents gave them the complete New Yorker on CD-ROM and see what all the fuss is about. But where to begin?

To help make sense of the overwhelming collection, the Digg editorial team has put together a selection of personal favorites. Of course we highly suggest reading as much of the New Yorker archive as possible, but if you're strapped for time and/or looking for some place to start, you can't go wrong with these:
Regrets Only by Louis Menand
Part intellectual history, part biography, Louis Menand's article about Lionel Trilling gave me my first real introduction to one of our most significant (and arguably last) public intellectuals. It's a piece about what happens when leading a life of the mind makes you famous. — Anna Dubenko
Life At The Top by Adam Higginbotham
Adam Higginbotham's look into New York City's most complex window-washing rig pulls you in with whimsy, carefully walks you through a history of the trade, and leaves you with a true appreciation of window cleaners. It's a great example of what reporting a story into the ground can produce. — Steve Rousseau

Digg highlights one of the better recent New Yorker pieces that we also studied, back in 2013:

"The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins"