The New Yorker for Kindle

New YorkerThe New Yorker is available on Kindle for 2.99, and includes the standard 14 day trial Amazon provides for all magazines.

The New Yorker has a very dynamic history full of important figures in the writing and art arena who helped shape the magazine to be what it is today. Based on the Timeline from The New Yorker’s official website, the magazine was founded on February 21, 1925.  It was financially supported by General Baking Company’s Raoul Fleischmann, Dorothy Parker and others.  Rea Irvin drew the cover, a mythical, regency dandy named Eustace Tilley that became the face of the magazine.

In 1926, E.B. White was hired to work at The New Yorker.  He is the author of the beloved children’s book and movie, Charlotte’s Web. Peter Arno began to draw his covers for the magazine that generally consisted of “full page darkwash drawings of wealthy New York men and ample showgirls.”

In addition to E.B. White, other well known writers and poets that contributed to The New Yorker were: F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby, W.B. Yeats, who submitted his poem “Death”, William Carlos Williams and Ogden Nash.  It is fascinating to see the how long many of the contributors stuck with the magazine. We’re talking 40, 50, even 60 plus years.

Saul Steinburg was responsible for the drawing of a New York centered view of the world, which was published in 1976, and defined the magazine following its debut. More recently, The New Yorker has won many awards including National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, Special Interests, Profiles, Essays, and Reviews & Criticism.

The Kindle version of The New Yorker includes all poetry, articles and fiction included in the print version of the magazine.  The Kindle version only includes a selection of cartoons.  The reviews are mixed.  The pros to the Kindle version include the ability to carry around a stack of magazines in just one device.  The cons include navigation issues.  So take your pick.  Are you a traveler and enjoy having a lot of material in one little easy to carry device, or do you value the quality and design of the print edition?

The New Yorker is currently owned by Condé Nast Publications and their stock information is private.

F.Scott Fitzgerald, Good Kindle Books at a Glance #4

If you followed the Academy Awards ceremony this year, you must have heard about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button nominated for Best Picture. The movie was inspired by a short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, another prominent author among American classics.

Now available in Kindle edition, the story was first published in 1921 in Colliers Magazine and then included in F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s anthology, Tales of the Jazz Age, which is sometimes titled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories. They say, the story was written after Mark Twain had remarked that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.

If you’re willing to read or re-read Mr. Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, you may download it in the Cambridge edition from Amazon. First published in 1925, the novel found success only twenty years later; now it is ranked second in the Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, yielding only to Ulysses by James Joyce. “A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology.”

Tender is the Night is ranked #28 on the same list. In the story a young bright psychoanalyst married his patient to help her overcome her illness; while his wife gets stronger, he is eventually destroyed by the marriage – emotionally and professionally. The book seems very personal and tragic – when the author was working on the book, Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda was diagnosed and hospitalized with schizophrenia. As the writer himself said, “Gatsby was a tour de force, but this is a confession of faith.”

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald