DEAN: Well, come on, you always bring a book with you and I was just wondering, what’s the three month anniversary book?
RORY: Actually, I brought The New Yorker.
DEAN: A magazine. Really?
RORY: It’s the Fiction Issue.
The New Yorker is an American magazine, first published in 1925, which comes out 47 times a year. Although often focused on the cultural life of New York City, it has a wide audience around the country and internationally. It’s well known for its commentaries on popular culture, rigorous journalism on political and social issues, and attention to modern fiction.
Some of the famous authors who have written for The New Yorker include Alice Munro, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, John Updike, Eudora Welty, Stephen King, and Dorothy Parker.
The New Yorker traditionally brings out their Fiction Issue during the summer. The June 19 2000 edition was for debut authors, and that Fiction Issue included works by Marisa Silver, David Schickler, Akhil Sharma, and ZZ Packer.
Was the fifteen-year-old Rory who bought that magazine in her summer vacation just looking for great new stories to read, or was she also dreaming of one day being a first-time writer published in The New Yorker herself?