I write on a matter of great typographical importance. For some time now there have been missing “fi” ligatures in the pages of the New Yorker, and the problem is getting worse. I counted 14 instances of the unligatured “fi” combination in the August 2 issue, and that was without Annals of Justice and the short story. There were five in the essay on Anthony Veasna So alone!
These errors are distressing to the eye, unworthy of the New Yorker, and frankly, I feel, a scandal. My warm best wishes to the magazine’s hardworking and possibly understaffed copyediting department, and I hope that this problem (along with those of missing “fl” and “ff” ligatures) can be rectified as soon as possible.
Very sincerely yours,