Emdashes’ “Ask the Librarians” series enables you to submit any question you’ve ever had about The New Yorker for possible consideration by the magazine’s head librarians. The latest installment features a discussion of The New Yorker’s first conventional Table of Contents, which ran in the March 22, 1969, issue.
This version included all major departments, including fiction and poetry, and authors, as well as cover artists and cartoonists. According to Ben YagodaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s book About Town (2000), when a longtime editor, Daniel Menaker, mentioned the new T.O.C. to a fact-checker at the magazine, the checker protested, “But now readers will know what’s in the magazine.”