The New Yorker

01/03/2015 8:00 pm

New York symbolises the sweeping cultural changes of the 20th century and The New Yorker, first published in 1925, initiated many of these changes. With its extensive reportage and unparalleled arts features, the magazine transcends the city that gave it its name. New Yorker leading lights: film critic David Denby, drama critic John Lahr, cartoon editor Robert Mankoff and fiction editor Deborah Treisman investigate the inimitable appeal of this great cultural institution.

David Denby

David Denby has been a staff writer and film critic at The New Yorker since 1998. He is the author of Great Books – on reading the literary canon – and Do the Movies Have a Future, a collection of his New Yorker criticism.

John Lahr

John Lahr was the drama critic of The New Yorker for over 20 years. His essays have been collected in several volumes of Best American Essays and his acclaimed biography of Joe Orton Prick up Your Ears is among his 20 books.

Robert Mankoff

Robert Mankoff sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1977, becoming a regular contributor. He has been cartoon editor since 1997 and has edited multiple collections of cartoons, including The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker.

Deborah Treisman

Deborah Treisman is The New Yorker’s fiction editor. She joined the magazine’s fiction department at 27 and is the first woman to hold the fiction editor title since Katharine White established the department in 1925.