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A matter of facts—or, what does The New Yorker taste like?

By Tom Chatfield  

People who work in the media feel a certain obligation to be blasé about each other’s activities. If you consider yourself to be—however tenuously—an insider, it doesn’t do to show excessive excitement, admiration or shock at the doings of others. The true insider has always heard it all before; and invariably knows more about it, in an ineffable way, than any outsider.

And yet—there are certain exceptions, among which The New Yorker is perhaps the…

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