The New Yorker is brilliant. Each article is a wonderful literary piece with an educated and thought-provoking view on society, culture, or government, among many other things. However, I do agree that the magazine is not for the average person; the articles can be pretty lengthy, with vocabulary that you don't always hear every day. I can see how people can get bored by the pieces and not seem to understand the cartoons, as I sometimes find myself being confused over them as well. However, I do believe that The New Yorker is a great magazine with thorough and fantastically written articles.