Bruce Springsteen’s Family Values

What happens to rock stars when they grow up?

By Elizabeth Wurtzel

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Timothy White / Trunk Archive

Date: August 9, 1992

Accounts of the peacefulness and generosity of the festivalgoers are all true—but they have tended to miss the point.

By Ellen Willis

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Elliott Landy / Magnum

Date: August 29, 1969

The Public Intellectual

Cornel West is a rare American cultural entity: a serious philosopher with a popular following—and some vocal critics in academe. 

By Jervis Anderson

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Anthony Barboza / Getty

Date: January 9, 1994

The Sound Machine

By Roald Dahl

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Werner Bischof / Magnum

Date: September 9, 1949

Mae West, the Queen of New York

The writer and star of “Sex” and “Diamond Lil” is calm, clear, and eager for success.

By Thyra Samter Winslow

Client: The New Yorker

Date: November 2, 1928

Professional Courtesy

Michael Swango is a convicted poisoner and a doctor whose patients keep dying. Why have hospitals around the country repeatedly put people under his care?

By James B. Stewart

Client: The New Yorker

Date: November 16, 1997

Old Love

By Isaac Bashevis Singer

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Jim Goldberg / Magnum

Date: June 29, 1975

The Years With Thurber

The man and his letters.

By Robert Gottlieb

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Irving Penn / Courtesy Irving Penn Foundation

Date: August 31, 2003


By Denis Johnson

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Alec Soth / Magnum

Date: November 6, 1988


By Jhumpa Lahiri

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Alec Soth / Magnum

Date: December 20, 1998

Birth of a Salesman

The short story that foreshadowed Arthur Miller’s masterpiece.
By John Lahr

Client: The New Yorker

Photograph: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin; Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

Date: December 17, 1995

Helen Keller at Forty-nine

Keller was convinced that what she had done, others could do—her struggle had been in combating the world’s refusal to regard her as a normal human being.

By Robert M. Coates

Client: The New Yorker

Date: January 17, 1930

Charlie Chaplin, Popular God of Film

Chaplin, who has shaken the world with laughter, sees himself as the greater joke.

By Waldo Frank

Client: The New Yorker

Illustration: Conrado Walter Massaguer

Date: May 15, 1925

Friend of My Youth

By Alice Munro

Client: The New Yorker

Photographer: Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum

Date: January 14, 1990

Mickey-Mouse Maker

Walt Disney at thirty.

By Gilbert Seldes

Client: The New Yorker

Date: December 11, 1931
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