New York has really been on fire these past few years, with a nice eclectic bunch of columnists (Andersen, Leitch, Heilemann, etc.) a fun and readable front of book, solid reviews, interesting features, and consistently solid cover design. Now, I'm not sold on the new "Turn half the magazine over to Frank Rich once a month!" concept, but we'll see how it goes.
Yay for Jose Andres! Boo for foodies, minibar will be impossible to get into now.
I know I've said this before, but the resulting Best American Magazine Writing volume that gets published every Fall is always, always, always worth the price of admission. Just an essential collection.
Good calls on Gawande and Hitchens. I hope and expect that David Grann's "A Murder Foretold," from the April 4 New Yorker, will be a very strong candidate next year (assuming it was ineligible this year). One of the best New Yorker pieces I've read in a long time. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/04/110404fa_fact_grann
(Though I would love to discuss it with others who read it, I'd like to avoid spoiling it for others.)
And if you're not following Ruth Bourdain on twitter, start.
Thanks for linking to this - the article was fascinating.
Glad you liked it!