Remember when The New Yorker would devote an entire issue to one story? Neither do we, really, but David Remnick misses the good old days. According to Omnivoracious:
He lamented that publishers are no longer interested in giving the magazine rights to publish extensive excerpts of upcoming books, which is one reason you rarely see those multipart series that used to be so common in the magazine, or even those famous issues devoted to a single, long article. Apparently, they feel it cuts into their sales to give the book away beforehand like that.