“In the first years of this magazine, technology was only a modest factor in its production. Harold Ross, the founder of The New Yorker, . . . was an editor acquainted with the nightmare of the empty page. Once, when he asked Dorothy Parker why she wasn't in the office writing, she replied, ‘Someone was using the pencil.’ ...
“Technology, the means of delivering this writing, is a very important, but secondary, matter, and we intend to keep providing the magazine in whatever form seems to work. Editors here are always willing to make improvements in the cause of writing. Take Mr. Ross again, and the way he encouraged E.B. White to finish an essay:
“‘Mr. White: If you get that story done, I’ll take steps to get you a new cushion for your chair.’ H.W. Ross.”
—The Editors, The New Yorker, announcing the magazine’s availability on iPad, Oct. 4, 2010
Editor’s Note: Don’t pad that column, Ross.
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