the New Yorker

Reading pulp fiction taught me how to write, said S.J. Perelman

18 May 2024 9:00 am

The great humourist ascribes his success to the hours he spent deep in the adventures of Tarzan and Fu Manchu – and watching lurid B movies in afternoon cinemas

Small but perfect: So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan reviewed

16 September 2023 9:00 am

The author once takes a big issue and, with her characteristic quiet brilliance, illuminates it in a small homely setting

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Jeffrey Toobin’s stroke of misfortune

21 October 2020 7:53 am

Jeffrey Toobin is a man much wronged. On Monday, the New Yorker writer was suspended by the magazine for which…

My quest for a universal cartoon

28 March 2020 9:00 am

The universal cartoon is a rare thing

Greece is the word for the New Yorker’s Comma Queen

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Mary Norris’s book about her love affair with Greece and the Greek language starts with a terrific chapter about alphabets.…

How I’d sex down the weather forecast

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I have, for utterly explicable reasons, not been asked to guest-edit Radio 4’s Today this Christmas. Had I, though, I would…

Adam Gopnik (image: Getty)

Art and aspiration

21 October 2017 9:00 am

When Adam Gopnik arrived in Manhattan in late 1980 he was an art history postgrad so poor that he and…

Left to right: Wolcott Gibbs, Dorothy Parker and James Thurber.

America’s greatest magazine — at its greatest

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The New Yorker has always been revered for the supreme quality of its writing, says Philip Hensher

My role in saving The Spectator

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I was wondering what to write about this week when I suddenly realised that exactly 40 years ago this Saturday…

The New Yorker’s grammar rules (and how to break them)

16 May 2015 9:00 am

‘I had had a fantasy for years about owning a dairy farm,’ says Mary Norris, as she considers her career…

The cruellest present you could give a hated old in-law

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It takes a special sort of talent to be able to make drawings of your own 97-year-old mother on her…