The magazine is notable for its editorial traditions.Under the rubric Profiles, it publishes articles about notable people such as Ernest Hemingway, Henry R.
Alan Burdick discusses President Trump’s proposed 2019 science budget, which includes cuts to a wide range of government-funded efforts, from disease prevention to climate-change research, and examines the Administration’s poor track record with fact and truth. Adam Gopnik joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how grassroots movements—such as the renewed push for gun control that originated with the teen-age survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting—can force social and political change.
Richard Brody writes about his predictions for the 2018 Academy Awards, and how forward-thinking Academy members may split the vote between “Get Out“ and “Lady Bird,“ paving the way for “The Shape of Water“ to win Best Picture.
Shortly after the end of World War II, John Hersey's essay Hiroshima filled an entire issue. Publication of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" drew more mail than any other story in the magazine's history.
In subsequent decades the magazine published short stories by many of the most respected writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Ann Beattie, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Roald Dahl, Mavis Gallant, Geoffrey Hellman, John Mc Nulty, Joseph Mitchell, Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov, John O'Hara, Dorothy Parker, Philip Roth, J. Salinger, Irwin Shaw, James Thurber, John Updike, Eudora Welty, Stephen King, and E. In its early decades, the magazine sometimes published two or even three short stories a week, but in recent years the pace has remained steady at one story per issue.
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