When the New Yorker Was Nonpartisan

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 2.26.46 PM“Because of its nonpartisanship, its lack of monolithic editorial policy, and its peculiar mix of cartoons, fiction, advertising, serious journalism, and cultural criticism The New Yorker had an uncommon capacity to present overlapping and contradictory cultural ideas without apology.

“In its pages elitism coexisted with egalitarianism, conspicuous consumption commingled with anticommercialism, materialism with idealism, and sexism with gender equality. The question of how deeply these two components of sophistication conflicted with one another or complemented one another was, in fact, the dominant unconscious subtext of The New Yorker in this period. ”

—From The World Through a Monocle: The New Yorker at Midcentury, by Mary F. Corey

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