New Yorker Articles

(A selected bibliography.)

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“A DEATH IN THE FOREST,” The New Yorker, Dec. 10, 2007.
A virulent pest is laying waste to Appalachia’s eastern hemlocks.
Editor: Amy Davidson.

“AN ERROR IN THE CODE,” The New Yorker, Aug. 13, 2007.
One of the most horrible genetic diseases known to medicine, causing its victims to perform self-cannibalistic mutiliation of themselves against their will.
Editor: Amy Davidson

TALL FOR ITS AGE,” The New Yorker , Oct. 9, 2006.
Richard Preston climbs the world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, as a member of a four-person climbing team that made the first ascent. Preston talks about the climb with the BBC.
Editor: Amy Davidson

“CAPTURING THE UNICORN,” The New Yorker , April 8, 2005.
The Unicorn Tapestries and the mathematicians David and Gregory Chudnovsky. (Also proflied by Richard Preston in “THE MOUNTAINS OF PI,” 1992.)
Editor: Amy Davidson

“CLIMBING THE REDWOODS,” The New Yorker , ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, Feb. 14 & 21, 2005.
The scientists who climb and explore the California coast redwoods, the world’s tallest forest canopy.
Editor: Amy Davidson

“Profiles: THE GENOME WARRIOR,” The New Yorker , June 5, 2000.
Genomic scientist J. Craig Venter races to decode the human DNA.
The first and only New Yorker “Profile” to use the A-word in the first sentence: it begins with this quote from an unnamed scientist: “Craig Venter is an asshole.” Actually, Craig Venter isn’t that at all, he’s a brilliant scientist with a unique mind.
Editor: Sharon DeLano

“WEST NILE MYSTERY,” The New Yorker, October 11, 1999.
Outbreak of West Nile virus fuels rumors at the C.I.A.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called a press conference to slam Richard Preston and The New Yorker for investigating the possiblity that the oubreak of West Nile virus might be a bioterror incident.
Editor: Sharon DeLano

“A Reporter at Large: THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER,” The New Yorker, July 7, 1999.
Smallpox, the most dangerous virus on the planet.
Winner of the National Magazine Award.
Editor: John Bennet

“Annals of Warfare: THE BIOWEAPONEERS,” The New Yorker, March 9, 1998.
Ken Alibek and Bill Patrick, top creators of bioweapons and best of friends.
Editor: Sharon DeLano

“ A Reporter at Large: RETURN TO THE HOT ZONE,” The New Yorker, May 22, 1995.
Ebola erupts in Congo; a doctor gives rescue breaths to a newborn baby while smearing Ebola blood all over his face.
The most harrowing passage I’ve ever written in The New Yorker.
Editor: John Bennet, with Tina Brown

“A Reporter at Large: CRISIS IN THE HOT ZONE,” The New Yorker, October 26, 1992.
Became the book The Hot Zone ; inspired the movie “OUTBREAK”; was the basis for the (disastrous) Fox attempt to make a movie titled “CRISIS IN THE HOT ZONE,” starring Robert Redford and Jodie Foster.
Fox spent $11 million building the sets for the failed “Crisis in the Hot Zone” movie.   The movie project collapsed over script disagreements; Jodie Foster withdrew from the project. The sets were said to be stacked in a Fox warehouse in Los Angeles, and producer Lynda Obst vowed that one day, somehow, she would make the movie.
Editor: John Bennet, with Tina Brown

“Profiles: THE MOUNTAINS OF PI,” The New Yorker , March 2, 1992.
Mathematicians the Chudnovsky brothers calculate pi (π) with a home-made supercomputer in their Harlem apartment.
Winner of the AAAS-Westinghouse Award for Science Journalism.
Inspired the Darren Aronofsky indie film “π”.
Editor: John Bennet

(With Richard O’Brien.) “The Talk of the Town: HAIRLESS.” The New Yorker , March 2, 1992.
Tiny bald dogs at the Westminster Dog Show!!!
Co-author and close friend Rich O’Brien is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated.   We had a blast writing about tiny bald dogs.
Editor: Chip McGrath

“Annals of Enterprise: HOT METAL, part 1 and part 2,” Two parts: ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, February 25, and March   4, 1991.
Iconoclastic steel company Nucor and its chairman F. Kenneth Iverson build a steel mill in Indiana. Excerpted from the book American Steel, by Richard Preston.
Editor: Pat Crow

“Notes and Comment [BLACK MONDAY ON WALL ST.],” The New Yorker , Talk of the Town, Nov. 2, 1987.
A monk in orange robes prays at the New York Stock Exchange—“I can feel my dharma going up as the Dow Jones Industrial Average goes down.”
On the steps of the NY Stock Exchange, I ran into a reporter from The New York Post, who said, “What paper are you from?”   “I’m from The New Yorker.”   “Holy shit! The New Yorker?   You guys write.   We react .”
Editor: Chip McGrath

“A Reporter at Large: DARK TIME,” The New Yorker, Oct. 26, 1987.
Excerpted from the book First Light , by Richard Preston.
Astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker search for asteroids that could smash into the earth.
Gene Shoemaker, a great scientist, died prematurely in a car crash in the Australian outback in 1997; he is the only human whose remains lie on the moon. His ashes were scattered on the moon by a NASA spacecraft.
Editor: Sara Lippincott, with Robert Gottlieb

“Books: TALES FROM THE GRIDIRON,” The New Yorker , March 31, 1986.
My first piece in The New Yorker.
Editor: Daniel Menaker, with William Shawn