NAVEL-GAZING . . . From Slate's Browbeat: "Why Does The New Yorker Publish So Many Pieces About The New Yorker?" by Aisha Harris and David Haglund--
You can label this self-reflection or self-regard, but either way such pieces certainly help preserve the institutional memory of the magazine. Indeed, one argument that runs through many of these pieces is just what sort of magazine the New Yorker is.
Maybe I have no taste, but I sort of like those types of New Yorker articles . . .