The Press: New Politics, New New Yorker

In more ways than the obvious visual ones, The New Yorker since its founding in 1925 has seemed almost immune to dramatic change. It has had only two editors in those 47 years, Harold Ross and the man who took over after Ross's death in 1951, William Shawn. The devotion to low-key fiction and gentlemanly criticism has persisted, as have the horse-racing column and such self-mocking images as Eustace Tilly and an imaginary correspondent called "The Long-Winded Lady."

So would you believe that The New Yorker is today one of the most socially activist and politically polemical among major magazines? That it...

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