In this week’s New Yorker

February 17, 2012

The cover of the anniversary issue is pretty great (above, title: “Loading”), and so are several of the runners-up in the annual competition for readers to submit variations on the classic Eustace Tilley cover illustration. Here are a few of my favorites:

The New Yorker has published tons of fantastic medical writing in recent years, and this issue features a long, fascinating, almost miraculous Reporter at Large story about face transplants. It’s very moving to read but the details are rough-going. I often read magazines while I’m eating, and I had to put this article off til later. Raffi Khatchadourian got spectacular access to the doctors who performed the 18-hour surgery to give a burn victim a new face (below). Eighteen hours!

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