This January, there are three landmark Wednesdays. New York Magazine’s January 18–31, 2021, issue offers a look inside a tumultuous period in Washington, with Olivia Nuzzi on Madison Cawthorn, the youngest member of Congress, as he comes face-to-face with the forces he helped unleash; Gabriel Debenedetti on how BidenWorld is scrambling to prepare for January 21st; Jonathan Chait on the messy denouement that awaits Donald Trump; Scott Galloway on the aftermath of Big Tech’s giant week; Stella Bugbee on guillotine earrings; and more.
For New York Magazine’s first impeachment cover, which won ASME’s Cover of the Year award last year, landing a big peach on Trump felt like a comeuppance. With this impeachment, following a domestic terror attack in our nation’s capital, it’s harder to make jokes. “We wanted to capture the events of the last few weeks and create a cover that was monumental,” says design director Thomas Alberty. “As it happened, ‘insurrection,’ ‘impeachment,’ and ‘inauguration’ all start with ‘I’ and are about the same length. The words lent themselves to being a poster-type sculpture.” The results are a black, white, and red cover as stark as our politics.