What is The New Yorker? I know it’s a great magazine and that it’s a tremendous source of pleasure in my life. But what exactly is it? This blog’s premise is that The New Yorker is a work of art, as worthy of comment and analysis as, say, Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Each week I review one or more aspects of the magazine’s latest issue. I suppose it’s possible to describe and analyze an entire issue, but I prefer to keep my reviews brief, and so I usually focus on just one or two pieces, to explore in each the signature style of its author. A piece by Matthew Trammell is not like a piece by James Wood, and neither is like a piece by Peter Schjeldahl. One could not mistake Finnegan for Frazier, or Lepore for Paumgarten, or Goodyear for Khatchadourian. Each has found a style, and it is that style that I respond to as I read, and want to understand and describe.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015: Photos

Floyd Mayweather (Photo by Benjamin Lowy)

Here are my favourite New Yorker photos of 2015:

1. Benjamin Lowy’s “The Kitchen Tent,” for Nick Paumgarten’s "Life Is Rescues" ( version), November 9, 2015.

2. Pari Dukovic’s Chaka Khan, for "Goings On About Town," June 8, 2015.

3. Landon Nordeman’s “Warm Up,” for "Goings On About Town," July 20, 2015.

4. Landon Nordeman’s “DreamYard,” for Ian Frazier’s "Bronx Dreams," December 7, 2015.

5. Ian Allen’s “Chastity Belt,” for "Goings On About Town," May 25, 2015.

6. Benjamin Lowy’s “Landsbjörg,” for Nick Paumgarten’s "Life Is Rescues," November 9, 2015.

7. Dina Litovsky’s “Timna,” for Silvia Killingsworth’s "Tables For Two," October 26, 2015.

8. Will Mebane’s “School of Rock,” for "Goings On About Town," November 30, 2015.

9. Charlie Engman’s “Blood Orange,” for "Goings On About Town," December 14, 2015.

10. Meredith Jenks’s “Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten,” for Amelia Lester’s "Tables For Two," October 12, 2015.

Credit: The above portrait of Floyd Mayweather, by Benjamin Lowy, is from Kelefa Sannah’s "The Best Defense," The New Yorker, May 25, 2015.

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