Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Trouble in Paradise. Yes, Trouble


To say that The New Yorker isn't as good as it used to be, and is developing some perilous habits, requires arguing with success. The magazine's guaranteed circulation, now 480,000 copies a week, is the highest in its 55-year history. Securely fat and prosperous, The New Yorker is gaining advertising pages while many other major weeklies are not. In its lordly way, the magazine offers no special rates or short-term subscriptions, never invites the reader to "bill me later." Editorially, too, The New Yorker courts writers, not readers. Even the word reader—as...

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