Yay, I have the Complete New Yorker now!
It’s damn cool. Now that I own a copy of every single page the New Yorker has ever published, I can check out the completely random articles I’ve always been curious about, such as E.J. Kahn’s infamous five-part series on grain.
Seriously. In 1984-85, towards the end of the eccentric William Shawn’s 35-year editorship, by which time (some say) the New Yorker had become a parody of itself, E.J. Kahn wrote five long articles, each on a different food staple – corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, and soybeans. Part one, on corn (June 18, 1984, p. 46), is more than 40 pages long. It ends with a note at the bottom of the last page: “This is the first of a series of articles on the staple food plants. The second will run in a future issue.” Isn’t that note great?
That’s why I love these DVDs.