I’ve been following (and contributed to) a Quora thread about “the most interesting New Yorker articles of all time.” I nominated Calvin Trillin’s “Covering the Cops,” a 1986 profile of author and former Miami Herald police reporter Edna Buchanan.
Here are a few picks from Quora users:
“I enjoyed this article from 2008, which is about Nicholas White’s entrapment in an elevator for 41 hours.” (Ludi Rehak)
“Fans of Anthony Bourdain usually find his 1999 expose ‘Don’t Eat Before Reading This’ interesting.” (Michael Willes)
“Dude buys an entire pig from the Union Square Greenmarket, straps it to the back of his Vespa and rides it back to his apartment. Tells the story of his quest to learn how to be a butcher. Amazing read, even for vegetarians. Amazing read, even for vegetarians.” (Amanda Peyton)
“‘Trial by Fire,’ by David Grann, published in September 2009, tells the story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for an arson and murder he almost certainly did not commit. It’s almost impossible to read this article and still support the death penalty.” (Robin Pam)
“An interesting one from 2009 is “The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care.” (Ted Suzman)
Your favorite New Yorker pieces? Tell us in comments.