The Twenty-five Most-Read New Yorker Archive Stories of 2017
The year 2017 will be remembered for many things; one of them may be the way
that, for so many of us, the news cycle seemed to speed up. Even so,
readers found their way to The New Yorker’s archive in droves,
discovering classic pieces that have remained or even grown more
compelling with the passage of time.
Some of this year’s most-read archive stories reflected, from the past,
upon our present: that was the case with Mark Singer’s 1997 Profile of
Donald Trump as a real-estate showman, and with Jane Mayer’s revealing
portrait of the ghostwriter behind Trump’s “The Art of the Deal.” Others
are riveting stories from recent years that are still finding new
readers: Kathryn Schulz’s disquieting account of the future earthquake
that might hit the Pacific Northwest; Lawrence Wright’s months-long
investigation into the Church of Scientology; a deeply personal essay by
Meghan O’Rourke about her experience living with an autoimmune disease; an
exploration, by Adrian Chen, of the conversion of a prized daughter of
the Westboro Baptist Church. There are evergreen pieces that address
enduring areas of human concern, such as John Hersey’s groundbreaking
report, published in 1946, on six survivors of the atomic explosion in Hiroshima. And, of course, there is fiction—by Junot Díaz, Annie Proulx,
Alice Munro, and Sherman Alexie. We hope that you enjoy this dive into
the archive. If you’d like to discover even more classic pieces,
our daily newsletter: every Sunday, we send out a carefully curated
selection of archive classics.
1. “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Shulz
An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest.
The question is when. Read more.
2. “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All,” by Jane Mayer
“The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an
unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and
regrets it. Read more.
3. “A Loaded Gun,” by Patrick Radden Keefe
Amy Bishop was a neurobiologist at the University of Alabama in
Huntsville. How did she become one of the most notorious mass shooters
in American history? Read more.
4. “What’s Wrong with Me?,” by Meghan O’Rourke
Living with the pain of an autoimmune disease. Read more.
5. “Trial by Fire,” by David Grann
Cameron Todd Willingham insisted upon his innocence in the deaths of his
children and refused to plead guilty in return for a life sentence. Did
Texas execute an innocent man? Read more.
6. “The Real Heroes Are Dead,” by James B. Stewart
A 9/11 hero and the loved ones he left behind. Read more.
7. “Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency,” David Remnick
Inside a stunned White House, President Obama considers his legacy and
America’s future. Read more.
8. “What Is Remembered,” by Alice Munro
Fiction: A brief affair and its lifelong repercussions. Read more.
9. “Hiroshima,” by John Hersey
A groundbreaking report on how six survivors experienced the atomic bomb
and its aftermath. Read more.
10. “Trump Solo,” by Mark Singer
Donald Trump’s modus operandi has a sharp focus: never budge from the
premise that the universe revolves around you, and, above all, stay in
character. Read more.
11. “Unfollow,” by Adrian Chen
How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question
its beliefs. Read more.
12. “The Model American,” by Lauren Collins
Despite her humble origins, Melania Trump seems to have internalized
Donald’s outlook. She’s as imperial as her husband, if not more so. Read more.
13. “Dead Certainty,” Kathryn Schulz
How the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” goes wrong. Read
14. “The Cheater’s Guide to Love,” by Junot Díaz
Fiction: Confessions of a self-professed Casanova. Read more.
15. “Who Are All These Trump Supporters?,” by George Saunders
At the candidate’s rallies, a new understanding of America emerges.
16. “Letting Go,” by Atul Gawande
What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? Read
17. “The Lost City of Z,” by David Grann
A quest to uncover the secrets of a lost Amazon city. Read more.
18. “The Apostate,” by Lawrence Wright
Paul Haggis versus the Church of Scientology. Read more.
19. “Brokeback Mountain,” by Annie Proulx
Fiction: A love story about two cowboys in the Wyoming wilderness. Read more.
20. “The Quiet German,” by George Packer
The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the
world. Read more.
21. “ ‘Moonlight’ Undoes Our Expectations,” by Hilton Als
By avoiding the overblown clichés so often used to represent black
American life in film, Barry Jenkins has created something achingly
alive. Read more.
22. “Blood Ties,” by Nathan Heller
Two brilliant college lovers were convicted of a brutal slaying. All
these years later, why has the case become a cause? Read more.
23. “How to Be Good,” by Larissa MacFarquhar
An Oxford philosopher thinks he can distill all morality into a formula.
Is he right? Read more.
24. “The Digital Dirt,” by Nicholas Schmidle
How TMZ gets the videos and photos that celebrities want to hide. Read more.
25. “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” by Sherman Alexie
Fiction: The story of a Spokane tribe member’s quest for identity. Read more.
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December 8, 2017 at 07:52AM