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One of the best profiles I’ve read, especially the scene toward the end. Though anyone who’s read “Empire of Pain” knows the author writes jaw-dropping kickers. Amazing piece by @praddenkeefe…
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The genius of “Yellowjackets,” writes @andrealongchu, is that it is not one show but two. “One is a survival drama, with elements of horror and coming of age; the other is a suburban thriller, a few highway stops short of a soap.”
A Q. & A. with this week’s cover artist, the 95-year-old cartoonist George Booth, about retaining a childish sense of humor and capturing the voices of his youth.
Arthur Krystal discusses “What’s the Deal Hummingbird,” a new short story in this week’s issue—and the first piece of fiction he’s written in 42 years.
Tumblr is something like an Atlantis of social networks, @chaykak writes. It might be rising once more.
“Two of my dogs, Scarlet and Violet, are clones of my beloved curly-haired Coton de Tulear, Samantha, who died in 2017.” Guess now or get more clues.
Grammy-winning director of Childish Gambino’s “This is America” music video: nine letters.
“I believe that nothing living can avoid the political today,” Thomas Mann wrote to Herman Hesse, in 1945. “The refusal is also politics; one thereby advances the politics of the evil cause.”
Two decades after her father’s murder, Katie Kitchen experienced a “transformation.” “I was going to do everything in my power to get the man who killed my father out of prison,” she decided.
Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly war planes. How much autonomy do we want for a system that can deliver lethal force at machine speed?
Jordan A. Thomas, perhaps the foremost attorney representing S.E.C. whistle-blowers, has only recently started speaking openly about his own former life and his own secrets—including the fact that Jordan Thomas is not his real name.
Christina Ricci discusses the “Yellowjackets” finale (consider this your spoiler alert!), her adolescent stardom and struggles with fame, and the younger generation coming up in Hollywood today.
This week’s cover, “Around the Clock,” by George Booth:
“First, worry about everything.” A few ideas for how to have a good time when your elderly father is visiting.
Benjamin Franklin, who was born on this day in 1706, was an instinctive ironist for the Enlightenment era.
I've got a new piece in @NewYorker today about Jordan Thomas, a lawyer with a lucrative practice representing whistleblowers, and his battle with Cassava Sciences, a biotech firm claiming a cure for Alzheimers. He thinks Cassava might be the next Theranos.…
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“This holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., sees a nation embroiled in conflicts that would have looked numbingly familiar to him,” @jelani9 writes.
Charlayne Hunter-Gault writes about a chance meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., during the summer of 1961, several months after she became one of the first Black students to enroll at the University of Georgia. #NewYorkerArchive
The chef Cosme Aguilar’s mother ran a small restaurant in Chiapas. Twenty-nine years later, when he decided to open his own place, he turned to a notebook of recipes she left behind.
A selection of irritating exercisers.
This COVID wave will pass—possibly soon, @DhruvKhullar writes. The endemic phase of the virus will come with its own complex set of questions.
“I think making music is about listening,” the singer-songwriter Bill Callahan says, in a new interview. “The best records sound like the whole band is listening to each other and reacting in real time to what the other person’s doing.”
From hunting and gathering to grousing and grumbling.
Much of the world’s recent growth in cooling capability has been an adaptive response to global warming. It’s a self-perpetuating problem.
A Q. & A. with Terry Allen—the Lubbock native, outlaw-country veteran, and visual artist—on what makes the Southwest different.
The beloved restaurant Casa Adela, on the Lower East Side, has survived development incursions, the death of its founder, and two years of a pandemic. Can it survive a rent dispute with its neighbors?
The rustically beautiful village in the animated short “Step Into the River” evokes a poetic past. But at the heart of the film are the dark memories that shaped two childhoods. Watch here.
Today’s middle-aged Chinese grew up amid the largest internal migration in human history, as more than a quarter of a billion people moved from the countryside to the cities. The demands of a new age left some with a lasting sense of loss.
A new book traces how the Chinese language and its writing system have weathered the modern waves of iconoclasm and been renewed since the turn of the past century.
It was characteristic of Joan Didion to work “in the danger zone between sensibility and objectivity: to be receptive to a passing feeling . . . and then to bear down, with unsparing rigor, in the work of understanding why,” @nathanheller writes.
Revisit James Stevenson’s 1980 profile of the cult filmmaker John Carpenter.
The geneticist Kathryn Paige Harden seeks to convince progressives that, in the fight for social justice, genes matter: “Building a commitment to egalitarianism on our genetic uniformity is building a house on sand,” Harden writes.
How long does immunity last after a booster shot or an infection? Should we be focussed on case counts at all?: @DhruvKhullar on the COVID-19 questions that have yet to be answered.
The adults of “Yellowjackets” can feel more stuck than their stranded teen-age counterparts. “In the past, our heroines are trapped in the wilderness; in the present, they’re trapped in themselves,” @andrealongchu writes.
Carl Frode Tiller’s “Encircling” trilogy offers a striking counterpoint to Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle,” examining an individual entirely through the eyes of others.
“One sign of a strong film is that it won’t hold steady in your sights,” Anthony Lane writes. “Your mind is made up and then changed, and changed again.” Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” fits the bill.
“Is there an evacuation plan for us?” the national-security adviser to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asked a contact at the State Department, as the Taliban closed in on Kabul. “I thought, ‘My partners are not going to rescue us,’ ” he recalled.
Revisit Renata Adler’s chronicle of the march from Selma to Montgomery, in 1965, that galvanized President Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the nation. #NewYorkerArchive
Greek has two “O”s. Omega means “big O,” while omicron means “little O.” “If the repercussions from little old omicron have been so catastrophic, what are we to expect from big bad omega?” Mary Norris writes.
Madison Cawthorn, an enthusiastic promoter of a second Donald Trump Presidency, said that he aims to help set the agenda for the moment when Republicans return to power in Congress—and to wrench the Party further to the right.
“I felt safer living near water.” @jamiattenberg reflects on the old apartment building, in Brooklyn, where she had Thanksgivings, Passovers, Halloweens, love affairs, and friendships.
Investigating Donald Trump is becoming the defining issue of Merrick Garland’s tenure, @RohdeD writes. He will be demonized whatever action he takes.
.@amandapetrusich talks to the singer-songwriters Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy about the shock of the pandemic, the future of independent labels, and mourning their late friend David Berman.
On this week’s #NewYorkerRadio, the Pulitzer-prize winning critic Hilton Als and the novelist Emma Cline talk about Joan Didion’s influence across generations of younger writers.
The New York Times’ COVID-cases chart can also be used to track the number of your friends who are having babies, how desperately you need a haircut, and more.
This weekend, revisit a selection of pieces from our archive about the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,’s extraordinary work and devotion to principle.
In this week's cryptic crossword: Nurse calling about end of dangling saline drip (nine letters).
Is “Yellowjackets” about trauma or not? @andrealongchu reviews Showtime’s gripping new drama.
Omicron has transformed the risks and the consequences of infection, @DhruvKhullar writes, but not our reading of the statistics. Do the numbers mean what we think they mean?
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