Everybody knows what the best part is: the cartoons! And there is a rule: You have to read them first before you read anything else in depth. B. and I seem to agree on this. The new issue of The New Yorker arrives in the mail (usually Monday or Tuesday), and you start flipping through and you look at all the cartoons. They're not the only good part, but they're the quick, fun part, like eating the cherry and licking the whipped cream off the top of the sundae. After you've got them out of the way, you can feel free to indulge in the rest of the magazine-y goodness.
Why can't you read them as you go through? B. says it's because you might be reading an article and then see a cartoon out of the corner of your eye (it sort of sneaks up on you) and then you have to read it. You might laugh upon reading it and if you laugh, you have to look at all of them. Even if you just quietly smirk to yourself, you still might want another. And another -- the ice cream analogy applies here as well. And then you might not finish your article and that's bad.
There is of course a new anthology of most of the New Yorker cartoons from the past 80 years, but a) it's too expensive, b) it's too big and c) it would be like eating a whole Serendipity full of ice cream and that would just make you sick of cartoons.
(Acknowledgements: Much thanks for the use of B.'s new laptop, Raul. It came as a surprise to me that consumer electronics need names, but apparently they do in some circles.)