Wondering who those mystery staffers are? The brand-new monthly column here on Emdashes will be written by two of The New Yorker's senior library staff, who'll be researching and answering your questions. Well, not all of your questions, smartypants! We're being very picky.
These two know pretty much everything--and what they don't know, they know who to ask or where to look it up in the vast archive over which they preside. (True fans: It takes your breath away to stand inside it.) They're the caretakers of the entire history of the magazine, and have awesome knowledge. Tap into it by emailing me your best questions, and you might even make it into the first batch in the column, which will debut next month. I'm excited.
[Arthur Getz cover, above, courtesy of the Cartoon Bank. It's from March 3, 1973, so it was likely on my parents' kitchen table the day my sister was born (a day I swear I remember). I also dig this 1957 Getz cover of the cool inside of a bookstore on a sunny day.]
Hello! I’m Emily Gordon, an editor, critic, copywriter, and pre-web internet nut. Emdashes, born in 2004, spent many years as a New Yorker fan blog. The project garnered some nice compliments and press.
The blog’s now treading the territories of punctuation, publications, movies, design, and other things that stir me.
Over the years, I’ve worked with a brilliant brigade of culture writers, editors, and artists. You can read all about the people who've helped build Emdashes here at “Who We?” (That’s a New Yorker joke. Old habits die hard.)
I welcome submissions, questions, corrections, and ardent, obsessive contributors. I also host occasional book-related contests and giveaways. Questioners and publishers, just email me.
Jennifer Hadley designed the original Emdashes pencil logo, based on a 1943 Dorothy Gray ad.