Tuesday, April 8, 2014

February 21st, 1925

Harold Ross launches The New Yorker on February 21st, with financial backing from Raoul Fleischmann, the founder of the General Baking Company. Dorothy Parker, Ralph Barton, Alexander Woollcott, Ring Lardner, and Robert Benchley are among the early contributors. Rea Irvin draws the first cover—a mythical, monocled Regency dandy, later dubbed Eustace Tilley, who becomes the face of the magazine. Katharine S. Angell (later Katharine S. White) joins the staff as the magazine’s first fiction editor.
Janet Flanner, as GenĂȘt, publishes her first Letter from Paris, which she will continue to write until 1975.
The November 28th issue makes front-page news with a piece by Ellin Mackay, “Why We Go to Cabarets: A Post-DĂ©butante Explains.” For the first time, the magazine sells out on newsstands.

how exciting , absolutely nerve-wracking and totally belly-turn-around...-ish must that be to launch your own magazine!? slowly growing the team, engaging contributors and selling out for the first time in the end of the first year! finding a logo/icon/face for the magazine and what seems most important to me: supporting new artists/illustrators by giving them a chance to publish a piece of work on their cover - until today. 

cabarets, wealthy New York men, ample showgirls, horse racing, short fiction and poetry .. this just seems to be a WHOLE other world to me. 

when you read the magazine's timeline on their website, you slowly realize that all these writers and artists were regular contributors, not just for once in a while. many of them worked for the magazine over fifty (!) years and published hundreds of text and art for it -  Saul Steinberg and Vladimir Nabocov among others. 

in 1945, Eleanor Gould pointed out some grammar mistakes in a letter to the magazine's managing editor and is hired as a copy editor. in that position she worked until 1999. (this is so cool! i am named "the corrector" by my best friend which is not meant as a compliment because i just give her a hard time with my constant corrections - i am getting better, promise! .. but going all Eleanor Gould on this would turn this quirk into something good and productive..yep. going to do that soon. giving some editors a hard time until they hire me.)

which magazine in today's newsstands would dare 
to focus so clearly on a single pattern or leaving so much white (or blue, haha) space!?

1946 was a year for the writers: John Hersey had the honor to get the August's issue devoted all to one of his pieces of writing and in December, the magazine publishes work by J. D. Salinger - a young writer whose novel "the catcher in the rye" will establish a new tone for American short fiction, read until today by many students as obligate literature in school.

and there are more big names that follow: Hannah Arendt, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, Muriel Spark, Woody Allen, ... what i didn't know until now was that Richard Avedon has been the magazine's first staff photographer! 

in 1995, The New Yorker is officially esteemed for "General Excellence". by the way .. they stole that title from an innocent and adorable 2-year-old .. (and of course, there was just ONE fabulous 2-year-old in '95.)

oh, how i love that expression: 
"David Remnick succeeds Tina Brown, becoming the fifth editor of the magazine." (1998). 

it just sounds as that Tina brown is a bad-ass chick who has proved herself enough so that the magazine is proud to finally have her. guess, she didn't have to apply for the job. imagine someone would ask you to be their magazine's editor..

okay, that's all i got to say right now. now you know some facts about that great magazine who reached to establish and remain an institution and idol for many magazines.

side note: the weather is just so silly over here. it feels like someone's dimming the sun up and down .. just as i usually do when i have a dimmer around me. silly thing.  

thanks guys. i know, another great post. laaaaaa!

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