October 19, 2020
The New York Review launched its first website over twenty years ago, in 1997. When we started a blog, some years later, the first post came from the historian Garry Wills—typed on a manual typewriter, and sent to the office via fax machine. In the years since, we’ve published thousands of articles, essays, personal histories, photo portfolios, and more, but have never lost sight of the commitment to critical analysis and clear, accessible writing that has defined us as a magazine.
Today, the Review is launching a newly redesigned website. The new nybooks.com integrates the magazine’s print and online articles while making the archive—everything we have published since the magazine was founded in 1963—more easily accessible. The site is energetic and colorful and, we think, fresh: an announcement of the kind of writing we aim to publish, and a tribute to the bold print covers of the magazine’s earliest issues, designed almost sixty years ago, in a small, paper-strewn, smoke-filled office at 250 West Fifty-Seventh Street.
We have also reorganized our articles into four main categories that we think make the contents easier to browse—Politics, Literature, Arts, Ideas—each with subsections beneath. Our search functionality has, we’re happy to say, improved. And we’ve introduced a metered paywall that we hope will grant you the flexibility to discover the stories that interest you most.
This website relaunch coincides with the publication of our 2020 Election Issue—the 1,200th since the magazine’s founding—in which we’ve published the first part of our quadrennial Election Symposium. To celebrate, we’re dropping our paywall through the election, on November 3, offering free access to the current issue as well as to our full archive of over 20,000 articles. We are also making available a selection of classic New York Review pieces, “Twenty-Five from the Archive,” listed below.
Whether you’re looking for coverage of the electoral circus or anything but—we hope you’ll dive right in.
Emily Greenhouse and Gabriel Winslow-Yost, co-editors
Twenty-Five from the Archive
See America First (1970)
Animal Liberation (1973)
Illness as Metaphor (1978)
A Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis (1971)
Billie Holiday (1976)
The Perils of Pauline Kael (1980)
The Bull on the Mountain (1984)
Lying in Politics: On The Pentagon Papers (1971)
Why Read the Classics? (1986)
Speaking in Tongues (2009)
Remembering Orson Welles (1989)
Insider Baseball (1988)
Kicking the Door (1979)
Making the Memorial (2000)
On ‘The Plague’ (2001)
Food of the Gods (1987)
The Perils of Antoinette (2007)
The Great Amateur (1968)
Aimez-Vous Brahms? (1988)
Saying Good-by to Hannah (1976)
The Responsibility of Intellectuals (1967)
Michael Jackson (2009)
The Marvels of Walter Benjamin (2001)
Fidel in the Evening (1998)
Sweet Evening Breeze (1984)