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“The dead are what’s absent, forgotten, inert. A bell rings out its loneliness swaying amid the roses.” A poem by Nancy Morejón, translated, from the Spanish, by Pamela Carmell.
Cristina Rivera Garza’s characters “are not so much people as exposed nerve endings,” @mervatim writes.
Well-crafted songs show us guilt and regret and agony, the author Rachel Kushner says, but they do it in a way that is “almost anonymous, so that lyrics can take on the personal dramas and acute feelings of the listener.”
“Later that week, I would be driving through an autumn sunset, calling my son’s number, reaching the voice mail every time,” Yiyun Li writes. “I could sense in my bones that the worst had happened, yet a road trip allowed time and space for disbelief.”
Ambiguity is built into Ling Ma’s new story "Peking Duck,” out in this week’s issue. Read a conversation with the author.
“No one knows for certain how women’s bodies work. Trust us, we’ve asked everyone: men, congressmen, doctors who are men—everyone!”
“A mine is a horrible thing to behold—a brazen monument to environmental ruin.” Joy Williams writes about the sites she sees during the 950-mile drive she undertakes four times a year.
“The Big Lie,” which recently débuted at Tribeca Film Festival, is about McCarthy-era Hollywood and stars Jon Hamm. No, it’s not a film: it’s a podcast, on Audible.
There is a dark joy in the details in Jean Rhys’s writing, James Wood writes—“in the reportorial news that her fictions bring.”
“The woman, then, existed to be forgiven, not blamed; not understood, forgiven.” Read a short story by the author of “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson, from her college years.
David Wright Faladé grew up being referred to as a “mixed race” Black kid in the Texas panhandle. At age 16, he discovered that he was descended from West African kings.
“Shirley liked to write, with few words magically evoking far more.” Shirley Jackson’s son discusses her short story published in this week’s issue.
Approximate halfway point between Albuquerque and Oklahoma City: eight letters.
Ian Parker profiles the French author Emmanuel Carrère, who “writes with the clear-eyed judgment of someone who has trained himself, against instinct, to take an interest in other people.”
“I tell the truth in Chinese, I make up stories in English.” Read a short story by Ling Ma, from this week’s Fiction Issue.
“A library’s worth of stories exists in what someone chooses to keep in their car or not,” the author Bryan Washington says, about his story in this week’s issue, which is told through a series of cab rides. “It’s very personal.”
“He stood up. Of course leaving wasn’t the right thing to do. But he had to.” A short story by Rachel Kushner, from our Fiction Issue.
Your dog’s 4th of July support group meets again.
Which actor had to learn the cello on short notice for “The Witches of Eastwick?”
“You think of all the things you could say. Each of them tastes raw on your tongue.” Fiction by Bryan Washington.
Rachel Kushner reads “A King Alone,” her short story from this week’s issue. Listen here.
In a new Sketchpad by @lianafinck, the humble speech bubble breaks out of its shell.
“I wanted to capture the power you get from improvising a trip,” said Lorenzo Mattotti, the cover artist for our annual Fiction Issue. It can be “alone or with friends, as long as you open your lungs and your mind and don’t worry about a destination.”
Ian Parker profiles the French author Emmanuel Carrère, who “writes with the clear-eyed judgment of someone who has trained himself, against instinct, to take an interest in other people.”
Ian Parker profiles France’s best-known writer of literary nonfiction, Emmanuel Carrère.…
Ling Ma tells the story of a writer, who moved from China to America as a young girl to join her parents.…
“Call Me Ishmael,” a short story from Shirley Jackson’s college years, imagines a conversation between a mother and her daughter, who notice a woman standing on their street corner.…
In @newyorkerhumor, a leader delivers some words of wisdom to the men.
Bryan Washington tells a story through car-service and taxi rides taken by a man who, for nine years, has been entangled with a closeted movie star.…
In “A King Alone,” Rachel Kushner writes about a songwriter who sets off for Nashville to visit his daughter, picking up hitchhikers along the way.…
Inside this week’s issue of The New Yorker:
Need some summer reading recommendations? Look no further: @frynaomifry, @dstfelix, @jiatolentino, @KyleChayka, @hels, @xwaldie, @proseb4bros, @rachsyme, @mollyhfischer, @jcljules, and @mervatim offer their top picks.
“I am the triangular trade embodied,” David Wright Faladé writes, in a new Personal History. “My lineage connects Europe to Africa to America.”
Joy Williams writes about driving ​​from Arizona to Wyoming, and back, twice a year, with her two German shepherds. “I’d have to pass the town of Truth or Consequences, never as much fun as you’d think, and the ghastly Elephant Butte Reservoir.”…
Yiyun Li on travelling to a Philip Larkin exhibition and the Emily Dickinson Museum. “Two trips, two poets, two permanent farewells: this is one way of framing a particular week in my life.”…
Akhil Sharma on driving from New Jersey to Disney World with a friend. “We did this not out of some ironic feeling for Disney and what Disney represents but because we wanted to ride Space Mountain.”…
Uwem Akpan writes about being pulled over by a police officer early in the morning, “in some California or Nevada city whose name I no longer remember.”…
The cover for this week’s Fiction Issue was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s classic book “On the Road,” and the magazine features four writers’ reflections on memorable road trips.
“A true Chicago-style hot dog has at least a dozen unbreakable rules,” @hels writes, “involving nine exactingly specific ingredients, particular methods of preparation, and the precise order of assembly.”
Rosanna Arquette was one of the first people to come out with accusations against Harvey Weinstein. “That conversation rippled throughout the world,” her sister Patricia says, in a new interview. “It was a conversation really milennia in the making.”
The cover of our annual Fiction Issue, “Adventures Ahead,” by Lorenzo Mattotti. #NewYorkerCovers
Inside the world of Foley artists, who create custom sound effects for film, television, and video games.
The “Derry Girls” creator Lisa McGee said she didn’t recognize the characters in most films about the Troubles. “There were never any jokes. I don’t know any Northern Irish person that isn’t funny,” she said.
“I suppose the stories that I like illuminate cruelty,” the English writer and literary scholar Marina Warner says, in a new interview with @xwaldie. “Scenes that give warning about not attending to people’s inner worlds.”
The “Derry Girls” creator Lisa McGee said she didn’t recognize the characters in most films about the Troubles. “There were never any jokes. I don’t know any Northern Irish person that isn’t funny,” she said.
James Q. Whitman’s book methodically explores how the Nazis took inspiration from American racism.
“Gradually, we began to think of the A.I. not as a computer program but as an artist in its own right.” How an A.I. learned to mimic the literary greats—and write poems of its own.
The 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi, who was raped as a young woman, is often portrayed as a two-dimensional mythological figure—a victim exacting revenge through brushwork. Her personal history paints a more complex portrait.
“The time has come for people to understand that what we recognize as reality is not necessarily what other animal species recognize,” an expert on the communications of prairie dogs said.
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