Reading The New Yorker

The New Yorker folks have been sharing some love with its readers recently, particularly so if you do enjoy reading longer pieces like myself. This summer, the American weekly magazine will overhaul the design of its online site, meanwhile temporarily removing its paywall. For all non-subscribers, this essentially entails access to its trove of archival materials since 2007. [Read the Editor’s Note HERE]

This is great news because the New Yorker is long been known for its well-researched pieces and to open their doors before launching its metered paywall similar to the system the New York Times currently adopts is a great move to let readers sample their work, in hope of bringing in even more future subscribers.

Below are some of the pieces I had read and enjoyed. Do tell me in the comment box below what are some other New Yorker articles that I should be reading.

The Running Novelist – Haruki Murakami
A must read for fellow Murakami fans. This is a personal piece by the Japanese author about how he fell in love with running, and I felt it revealed another side of the elusive writer on what he loves and drives him in his private life.

The Pink Panthers – David Samuels
The Pink Panthers is the name given by Interpol to refer to an international network of jewelry criminals consisting mainly of Serbians who pull off incredible grand heists so dramatic and theatrical I could barely believe it actually occurred in real life.

The Apostate – Lawrence Wright
One of New Yorker’s most popular articles standing at approximately 25,000 words, this is one massive investigative journalistic piece that tears down the walls of the secretive Church of Scientology. It took me a few reads before completing the dense material but it no doubt a top-grade work thoroughly researched and absolutely fascinating.

Getting Bin Laden – Nicholas Schmidle
A thrilling account of the capture of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad, Pakistan in 2011 that I could visualize the story being filmed in the future as a Hollywood blockbuster action film.

Swingers – Ian Parker
An anthropological look into the life and behaviour of the bonobos, which are lesser-known, peace-loving cousins to the common chimpanzees. It reminds me of how little we know of animals out in their natural habitat.


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