The Sixteen Most-Read Stories from the New Yorker Archive in 2016

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Every week or so, some article from our ninety-one-year-old archive stretches its legs, grabs its shoes—and perhaps its cane—and starts to amble around the Internet. It stops in at Facebook and Twitter, maybe with a hashtag like #longreads. Maybe it shows its face in r/TrueReddit, or in the New Yorker’s Sunday newsletter, or in the Spotlight or Archive sections of newyorker.com. Then it goes back home, where it waits quietly for the occasional greeting from Google.

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This year, I’ve decided to make a list of the most-read stories from the New Yorker archive in 2016, measured by average time spent reading and arranged chronologically. A few stories with modern resonance do make an appearance. But this is the rare list of most-read articles with more pieces about running frauds than about the Donald. And, to critics who would accuse this of being just another clickbait list, I would note that the first story is John Hersey’s “Hiroshima.”