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My Family’s Daily Struggle to Find Food in Gaza - In my homeland, where we used to cook and celebrate together, my relatives are eating animal feed to keep from starving. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza Can Only Get Worse - Trying to project the death toll from Israel’s military campaign over the next six months. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Hair Does the Talking - In my youth, when I wore a kufi, what my hair looked like became a source of wonder for the people around me. I took a foolish pleasure in holding on to that kind of power. (www.newyorker.com)
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Does Impeachment Mean Anything Anymore? - House Republicans managed to impeach the Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas; meanwhile, their investigation into President Joe Biden is on the verge of collapse. (www.newyorker.com)
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Even Before His Trial, the N.R.A.’s Wayne LaPierre Was a Fraud - The pro-gun group’s former leader used the organization’s funds to enrich himself and those close to him. But the deception went much deeper. (www.newyorker.com)
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El Paso’s Saint of the Border Negotiates a New Reality - For nearly fifty years, Ruben Garcia has welcomed migrants and refugees at Annunciation House. Amid record border crossings, Texas is now trying to shut down his network of shelters. (www.newyorker.com)
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Ty Cobb on Trump, Putin, and Navalny, and Lily Gladstone on Holding the Door Open - According to Cobb, an ex-Trump White House attorney, the former President’s preoccupation with Russia is about jealousy, not conspiracy. Plus, Gladstone talks about making Oscar history. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Forced Erotic Whimsy of “Drive-Away Dolls” - The director Ethan Coen, writing the script with his wife, Tricia Cooke, leans on comical violence and genre winks for this road movie of lesbians seeking love. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Friday, February 23rd - Mr. Met gets ready for another season. (www.newyorker.com)
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His Latex Goddess - I spent months in an all-consuming affair with a man who refused to meet me in person. How did this happen? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Theatre Season Heats Up - Also: Catherine Opie’s latest photographs, Hurray for the Riff Raff plays Williamsburg, and more. (www.newyorker.com)
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Nikki Haley Lost the South Carolina Primary Back When She Was Still Governor - In her home state, Haley came to power as an outsider and never won over the good ol’ boys of the local Republican establishment. Now they’re supporting Trump. (www.newyorker.com)
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“About Dry Grasses” Is a Departure for Nuri Bilge Ceylan - The great Turkish director has a thing for misanthropic males, but the protagonist of his latest film encounters a woman who calls out knee-jerk cynicism. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Crazy Collapse of the House G.O.P.’s Impeachment Case Against Biden - “A Big Russian Intelligence Op” flops on Capitol Hill. (www.newyorker.com)
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A Skiing World Cup Comes to the United States - Despite a record-breaking warm winter in Minneapolis, American Nordic skiers come into their own—and hope that their sport can survive. (www.newyorker.com)
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Donika Kelly Reads Mary Oliver - The poet joins Kevin Young to read and discuss “One Hundred White-Sided Dolphins on a Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, and her own poem “Sixteen Center.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Thursday, February 22nd - “How can I tell this isn’t a scam?” (www.newyorker.com)
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A Reflective “Sunset Baby” Dawns Off Broadway - Dominique Morisseau revives her 2012 drama about a daughter, part revolutionary, part survivor, whose father devoted his life to the struggle for Black liberation. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Weirdest Night in Pop - A new Netflix documentary chronicles the dreamlike recording session for “We Are the World,” the 1985 charity single sung by a motley crew of America’s biggest pop stars. (www.newyorker.com)
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My Evening with Flaco the Owl - He asked who I thought was more famous—him or Pizza Rat. I told him that Pizza Rat was probably long dead by now, and Flaco smiled. (www.newyorker.com)
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Why Matt Gaetz Keeps Getting Away with It - Dexter Filkins on what motivates the Florida congressman to wreak havoc within his own party. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Freedom on My Mind”: A Symphony of Voices for Civil Rights - This 1994 documentary brings the passions and agonies of Mississippi’s voter-registration drive into the present tense. (www.newyorker.com)
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Bonus Daily Cartoon: Biden Mail! - “Hold on. I’m searching through all the junk mail Biden sends me to see if he’s forgiven my loans.” (www.newyorker.com)
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From House Arrest to the Oscars Circuit - Bobi Wine, the leader of the Ugandan opposition—and the star of a film nominated for Best Documentary Feature—meets Hollywood. (www.newyorker.com)
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A Memoirist Who Told Everything and Repented Nothing - Where Diana Athill excelled was at admitting, sans complaint or self-recrimination. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, February 21st - “You better open another bottle of wine—I’m about to start deducting household expenses.” (www.newyorker.com)
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A Ukrainian TikTok Influencer Shares Her Life As A Refugee In “Following Valeria” - Nicola Fegg’s short documentary follows a young woman who becomes a social-media star during the war in Ukraine. (www.newyorker.com)
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Missing My Dad’s Funeral - At thirteen, I went to sleepaway camp, consumed by crushes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and my father’s worsening battle with AIDS. (www.newyorker.com)
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Facebook Marketplace Throughout the Ages - Free. Wooden horse. Used, allegorical. (www.newyorker.com)
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Cindy Sherman’s Grotesque Digital Creations - In a new series of collages made by hand and with Photoshop, Sherman is as unrecognizable as she’s ever been, but the figures she depicts can’t be easily disentangled from herself. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, February 20th - A seasonal take on a classic tale. (www.newyorker.com)
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Vaclav Smil and the Value of Doubt - A ruthless dissector of unwarranted assumptions takes on environmental catastrophists and techno-optimists. (www.newyorker.com)
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A Timeline of Articles About Amelia Earhart Throughout History - 1985: A tourist has found a watch that looks remarkably like one Earhart used to wear. Could it be hers? (www.newyorker.com)
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The New Yorker’s Luke Mogelson and Masha Gessen Win Polk Awards - Mogelson received the Magazine Reporting prize for his work in the trenches in Ukraine, and Gessen was honored for their commentary on historical memory and the Israel-Hamas war. (www.newyorker.com)
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Returning to the Scene of a Literary Crime - On the site of the old La Côte Basque, Tom Hollander, the star of “Feud: Capote vs. the Swans,” considers to what extent his character was a self-loathing castle creeper. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Thought a Rarity on Paper,” by Billy Collins - “Then a forceful wind came off the Bay / and blew Jack Spicer away.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Did the Year 2020 Change Us Forever? - The COVID-19 pandemic affected us in millions of ways. But it evades the meanings we want it to bear. (www.newyorker.com)
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Briefly Noted Book Reviews - “John Lewis,” “Alphabetical Diaries,” “Twilight Territory,” and “To the Letter.” (www.newyorker.com)
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“On the Night of the Khatam,” by Jamil Jan Kochai - Even those of us who despised Fahim, who refused to forgive his past sins, couldn’t deny the triumph of his resurrection. (www.newyorker.com)
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Jamil Jan Kochai Reads “On the Night of the Khatam” - The author reads his story from the February 26, 2024, issue of the magazine. (www.newyorker.com)
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Matt Gaetz’s Chaos Agenda - The Florida Republican is among the most brazen and controversial figures in Donald Trump’s G.O.P. He’s also among the most influential. (www.newyorker.com)
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Gwyneth v. Skier: You Be the Judge! - Two London playwrights prep for “Gwyneth Goes Skiing,” a comic play about Gwyneth Paltrow’s legal battle with an optometrist over a crash on the slopes in Deer Valley. (www.newyorker.com)
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Excerpts from a Posting for My Ideal Job - You thrive in a collaborative environment of constant validation and frequent reminders that no one is mad at you. (www.newyorker.com)
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How Noah Kahan Went from Vermont to TikTok to the Grammys - The musician behind the Billboard mainstay “Stick Season” discusses small-town life, using social media too much, and the loneliness of fame. (www.newyorker.com)
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A.I. Einstein - Barry Blitt imagines what the Father of Relativity would bring to folding a fitted sheet, or to watching Taylor Swift. (www.newyorker.com)
The Mail - Letters respond to Helen Rosner’s review of Hamburger America and James Wood’s review of Hisham Matar’s novel “My Friends.” (www.newyorker.com)
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“Pod Save America” ’s Jon Lovett On Biden’s Accomplishments - The co-host of the popular show explains how the withering of the media and the threat of political violence are warping the Presidential campaign, and what Biden’s team needs to do. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Snake with the Emoji-Patterned Skin - In the wild, ball pythons are usually brown and tan. In America, breeding them to produce eye-catching offspring has become a lucrative, frenetic, and—for some—troubling enterprise. (www.newyorker.com)
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Marcellus Hall’s “Winter Wonders” - The artist depicts an array of invigorating, comforting, and delightful cold-weather activities. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Light Me Down,” by Jean Valentine - “Who would want us to listen? / Someone does want it.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Monday, February 19th - “You wished for mattresses to be on sale again, didn’t you?” (www.newyorker.com)
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In Tommy Orange’s Latest, a Family Tree Grows from Severed Roots - “Wandering Stars” probes the aftermath of atrocity, seeing history and its horrors as heritable. (www.newyorker.com)
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Jamil Jan Kochai on a Shared Cultural Language - The author discusses his story “On the Night of the Khatam.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Legal Weed in New York Was Going to Be a Revolution. What Happened? - Lawsuits. Unlicensed dispensaries. Corporations pushing to get in. The messy rollout of a law that has tried to deliver social justice with marijuana. (www.newyorker.com)
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From Homer to Gaza, the History of Books in Wartime - Nazis burned books; the U.S. shipped them to its troops; Alexander the Great, Hitler, and Stalin were keen bibliophiles. How to make sense of all this? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Prodigies of Harmonies - The vocal trio Tiny Habits, whose following includes Gen Z-ers and Elton John, have a hotel-room singing session after a gig with Kacey Musgraves. (www.newyorker.com)
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How Joe Biden Could Address the Age Issue - In the battle to assuage anxieties about his fitness for office, the country’s oldest-ever sitting President has a powerful weapon at his disposal. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Cryptic Crossword: Sunday, February 18, 2024 - Makes mufflers perform badly in reverse (5). (www.newyorker.com)
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Jenny Slate Doesn’t Want to Gross You Out - The comic on love, stagefright, and her new standup special’s focus on bodily fluids. (www.newyorker.com)
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What Turned Crossword Constructing Into a Boys’ Club? - For decades, the pursuit was identified with first-wave feminists and bored housewives. How did it come to be defined by a pervasive gender gap? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Bartender and the Lost Literary Masterpiece - How a Manchester native rescued “Caliban Shrieks,” Jack Hilton’s working-class opus. (www.newyorker.com)
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Trump’s Wild Pursuit of Presidential Immunity - The former President has already lost the immunity case twice, but he has also won something. (www.newyorker.com)
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New Yorker Writers’ and Editors’ Favorite Bookstores in New York City - Where we shop for books in the Big Apple. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Trials of Alejandro Mayorkas - The Secretary of Homeland Security has been forced to respond to an unprecedented flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. Why are Republicans in Congress impeaching him for it? (www.newyorker.com)
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All Good Sex Is Body Horror - The work of the director David Cronenberg proposes that transformation can attend disgust and that our desires might be elevated only when we are torn apart. (www.newyorker.com)
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Judge Engoron Lowers the Boom on Donald Trump - On Friday, the New York judge ordered the former President and his companies to pay more than three hundred and fifty million dollars in a civil fraud case. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Death of Alexey Navalny, Putin’s Most Formidable Opponent - The opposition leader, who died in prison, had been persecuted for years by the Russian state. He remained defiant, and consistently funny, to the very end. (www.newyorker.com)
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When A.I. Can Make a Movie, What Does “Video” Even Mean? - Sora, the new text-to-video system from OpenAI, doesn’t make recordings—it renders ideas. (www.newyorker.com)
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What Jennifer Lopez Has to Say About Bennifer - Lopez’s new album and accompanying film promise an “odyssey” into her heart, but the love story featured is only coyly, obliquely her own. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Pod Save America” ’s Jon Lovett on Trump: “The Threat of Jail Time Sharpens the Mind” - The co-host of the popular podcast explains how the withering of the media and the threat of political violence are warping the Presidential campaign. Plus, the writer Brontez Purnell. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Friday, February 16th - “They’re on top of my head again, aren’t they?” (www.newyorker.com)
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Restaurant Review: Real-Deal Eccentricity, at Oti - A tiny Romanian-ish restaurant on the Lower East Side is a scrappy operation held together via the chef Elyas Popa’s sheer creative tenacity. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Legacy of Beatrix Potter - Also: The film world of Denis Villeneuve, the young pianist Yunchan Lim, Cole Escola’s “Oh, Mary!,” and more. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Haunted Juror - In 1987, two innocent teen-agers went to prison for murder. Thirty-seven years later, a juror learned she got it wrong. (www.newyorker.com)
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Trump’s Threat to NATO Is the Scariest Kind of Gaffe: It’s Real - Consider yourself warned. (www.newyorker.com)
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“ ’Round Midnight,” Revisited: A Feast of Music and Acting - The saxophonist Dexter Gordon has the role of a lifetime in Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 drama of an American jazz icon in Paris. (www.newyorker.com)
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Can Ukraine Still Win? - As Congress continues to delay aid and Volodymyr Zelensky replaces his top commander, military experts debate the possible outcomes. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Thursday, February 15th - Embrace the power of now! (www.newyorker.com)
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Jewish Identity with and Without Zionism - New books provide sober histories of the conflicts among Jews over Israel and offer alternate ways forward. (www.newyorker.com)
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Two Comic Playwrights Find Dark Humor in Russian Aggression - Sarah Gancher’s “Russian Troll Farm” and Sasha Denisova’s “My Mama and the Full-Scale Invasion” look for truth in a world of lies. (www.newyorker.com)
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How Usher, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift Build Their Own Legacies - Today’s leading artists are also savvy P.R. professionals who strive to shape their images in real time. Where does that leave the art itself? (www.newyorker.com)
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Do Democrats Have a Biden Backup Plan? - The Biden campaign’s response to a special counsel’s report claiming the President has diminished memory may not quell voters’ growing concerns about his age. What’s next for the Democrats? (www.newyorker.com)
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Migrant-Crisis Fearmongering Wasn’t Enough to Hold George Santos’s Old Seat - On Long Island, Tom Suozzi’s centrism flipped a congressional district back to the Democrats. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Trauma of Giving Birth in Gaza - An obstetrician who just returned from the war zone describes what the Israeli bombardment has meant for maternal care. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, February 14th - “Oh, come on!” (www.newyorker.com)
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Affairs I’ve Had: A Tell-All - I am coming clean about cheating on my work with housework. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Tangled Fates of Fani Willis and Her Biggest Case - Will the Fulton County D.A.’s “clandestine” relationship derail her effort to prosecute Trump? (www.newyorker.com)
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A Family Reunion with High Jinks and Catharsis in “Cousins” - In Karina Dandashi’s short film, a night out shortens the distance between two cousins. (www.newyorker.com)
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American Counterculture, Glimpsed Through Zines - Zine-making is a tradition shared by the young and alienated, people enamored with the fringes of culture. Can a museum exhibit capture its essence? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Party of Nope - The G.O.P. unleashes the power of negative thinking. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Argylle,” Reviewed: The I.P. Ouroboros That Hollywood Hath Wrought - Intentionally or not, the new spy movie suggests the extreme convolutions that a production must undergo to justify its existence as an original story. (www.newyorker.com)
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Jon Stewart Knows He Can’t Save Democracy - The “Daily Show” host transformed the late-night landscape before his departure almost a decade ago—and returns to reckon with a nation that’s been transformed, too. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, February 13th - Beware winter-weather hazards! (www.newyorker.com)
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What I Imagine Would Happen on a Lesbian Version of “The Bachelorette” - Our Bachelorette, Charli, will meet with a pool of contestants including Andi, Casi, and five bartending brunettes named Quinn. (www.newyorker.com)
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What Do We Owe a Prison Informant? - A man in Georgia says he risked his life for years and was abandoned. But there are very few rules protecting those who provide law enforcement with information. (www.newyorker.com)
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How the Chiefs Became the Last Great American Dynasty - We all knew who this year’s Super Bowl champions would be. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Argument Over a Long-Standing Autism Intervention - Applied Behavior Analysis therapy has a troubling history, and even many supporters say it was used too widely in the past. But has criticism of the practice gone too far? (www.newyorker.com)
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A Fuller Picture of the Oscars’ Best Picture Race - I put off reviewing these three films. Now the Academy has forced my hand. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Monday, February 12th - “Honest! It’s not a time machine so I can find out if you meant it when you said you didn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Avoiding the Disinformation Trap - Does calling attention to political disruptions just make the problem worse? (www.newyorker.com)
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King Charles’s Cancer Diagnosis Has Put a Nation on Edge - Other royals are stepping up to shake hands and cut ribbons. Prince Harry flew in from California. Visitors to Buckingham Palace wonder what comes next. (www.newyorker.com)
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Excuses My Friend Has Found to Post Her Wedding Pictures - “Six more weeks of winter? How about six more weeks of my wedding day?” (www.newyorker.com)
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The Cryptic Crossword: Sunday, February 11, 2024 - Killed snail, unfortunately (5). (www.newyorker.com)
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Jon Ronson’s Guide to the Culture Wars - In his BBC show “Things Fell Apart,” the British-born journalist continues to examine our most heated public arguments with empathy. (www.newyorker.com)
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Diary of an Abomination - In an illustrated depiction of a young girl’s self-discovery, monstrosity is only skin-deep. (www.newyorker.com)
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Is the Media Prepared for an Extinction-Level Event? - Ads are scarce, search and social traffic is dying, and readers are burned out. The future will require fundamentally rethinking the press’s relationship to its audience. (www.newyorker.com)
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Can Joe Biden Squash Concerns About His Age? - This week, a special counsel’s report renews worries about the President’s mental acuity, and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, seemingly loses his grip on his conference. (www.newyorker.com)
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Trying to Keep His Family Safe in Rafah - As Israel’s military campaign turns to what has become Gaza’s home for displaced civilians, a Palestinian aid worker describes his long journey to the city, and how he talks to his kids about air strikes. (www.newyorker.com)
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Tucker Carlson Promised an Unedited Putin. The Result Was Boring. - In an interview that lasted more than two hours, the Russian President aired well-trod grievances and gave a lecture full of spurious history meant to justify his war in Ukraine. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Artist Holding Valuable Art Hostage to Protect Julian Assange - Using a thirty-two-ton Swiss bank safe, Andrei Molodkin says he will destroy works by Picasso, Rembrandt, and Warhol if the WikiLeaks founder dies in prison. (www.newyorker.com)
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Is 2024 the Meme Election? - Our media columnist wonders whether the election will be decided by social-media memes. Plus, the comedian Jacqueline Novak talks about “Get on Your Knees,” her new special on Netflix. (www.newyorker.com)
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Biden’s Righteous Fury at Being Called an “Elderly Man with a Poor Memory” - Still, the White House would have been wiser to focus on the special counsel’s decision not to bring classified-documents charges against the President. (www.newyorker.com)
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Remembrances of Queer Auteurs Past - With “Bark of Millions,” “Oh, Mary!,” and “Aristotle Thinks Again,” the fabulousness on New York’s stages seems to have reached a critical mass. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Friday, February 9th - “He’s channelling a season of letdowns into one big night of disappointment.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Chelsea Wolfe’s Eclectic Hauntings - Through seven studio albums, including her latest, “She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She,” Wolfe has stretched gothic sounds and themes beyond the boundaries of genre. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Supreme Court and the Risks of January 6, 2025 - The Justices seem to want to avoid a major decision about whether Trump can serve as President—but if they do so they may set off a national crisis. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Great Washington Meltdown of 2024 Has Begun - In the Senate, the House, and the White House, leaders are weak—at a time when leading is needed. (www.newyorker.com)
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A Pioneering Wizard of West Coast Photo-Conceptualism - Robert Cumming didn’t achieve lasting fame during his lifetime, but in the years since his death, in 2021, he’s experienced a much deserved mini-revival. (www.newyorker.com)
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Greg Abbott’s Standoff at Eagle Pass - The governor of Texas has triggered a constitutional crisis about who controls the border, and some supporters are there for the spectacle. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Thursday, February 8th - “You’re not just playing a game. You’re opening for prestige television’s most celebrated time slot.” (www.newyorker.com)
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“In the Know,” a Promising Satire of NPR That Never Quite Tunes In - The stop-motion comedy from Zach Woods, Brandon Gardner, and Mike Judge lacks the zingy acuity of its creators’ best work. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Painful Pleasure of “Wretched Love” - From “Romeo and Juliet” to “Anna Karenina,” ill-fated romance has made for some of the most iconic love stories of all time. What’s the appeal of unhappy endings? (www.newyorker.com)
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Why the Trump Ballot Case Is the Ultimate Test of Originalism - The New Yorker staff writer and historian Jill Lepore on how an obscure constitutional provision that will be interpreted by the Supreme Court could affect Donald Trump’s candidacy for President. (www.newyorker.com)
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What SCOTUS Has to Decide About Trump and Disqualification - The Justices are about to consider whether Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment is enough to keep the former President off the ballot. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, February 7th - “I want you to set up a super PAC for whoever this ‘None of These Candidates’ is. They just might be the future of the Party.” (www.newyorker.com)
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The Limits of Accusing Israel of Genocide Under International Law - Two recent cases failed to stop the mass violence in Gaza, but they gave center stage to facts and historical interpretations that, in Western countries, at least, are often relegated to the margins. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Ghost of Bush v. Gore Haunts the Supreme Court’s Colorado Case - In 2000, the Court played an outsized role in the Presidential election. This year, in the fight over keeping Trump’s name on the ballot, that decision is a warning but not a precedent. (www.newyorker.com)
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Sarah Isgur’s Majority Report - On “Advisory Opinions,” the lawyer and former Trump Administration spokesperson argues that the Supreme Court is good, even—or especially—in its current incarnation. (www.newyorker.com)
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Roger J. Carter’s Toy Soldiers and Black Revolutionaries - Justin Fairweather’s short film “Roger J. Carter: Rebel Revolutionary” shows how the artist arrived at his innovative way of making portraits of Black figures. (www.newyorker.com)
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Donald Trump’s Chaos, Straight to Your In-Box - Political fund-raising e-mails are often touched by hysteria, but the former President’s are unique—wildly remixing favorite phrases into a fevered Surrealist cut-up. (www.newyorker.com)
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Was an Antiwar Russian Tricked Into Carrying Out an Assassination Plot? - Darya Trepova admits that a network of handlers in Ukraine recruited her to hand an explosive device to a far-right propagandist in St. Petersburg—but, she says, they never told her it was a bomb. (www.newyorker.com)
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The U.S. Confronts Middle Eastern Militias but Not Iran’s Long Game - Strikes against weapons depots and operations centers in Iraq and Syria will not diminish Iran’s determination to expel the U.S. from the Middle East. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Second Death of Pablo Neruda - Why everything about Chile’s national poet has come into question. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, February 6th - “Wow, these are great for augmenting the reality of your marriage!” (www.newyorker.com)
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How to Dress for a Concert in Your Thirties - Steel-toed crocs with matching compression socks—protect toes from getting stomped on and combat varicose veins. (www.newyorker.com)
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Will Plants Ever Fertilize Themselves? - Biologists aim to engineer crops that can eat nitrogen straight from the air. (www.newyorker.com)
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Why Trump’s G.O.P. Sock Puppets Are Sinking a Bipartisan Effort to Tighten Up Border Security - The former President fears losing his signature campaign issue, and congressional Republicans are bowing to his wishes. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Perfect Days” and the Perils of Minimalism - Wim Wenders’s homage to his beloved Japan is undone by an incuriosity about the country and about his movie’s protagonist. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Dark Delights of a Millennial “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” - Donald Glover and Maya Erskine star as spies-for-hire posing as husband and wife—and embody their generation’s emotional and economic malaise. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Monday, February 5th - “I worry that democracy’s only hope is Taylor Swift.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Briefly Noted Book Reviews - “You Dreamed of Empires,” “Last Acts,” “The Dictionary People,” and “Melancholy Wedgwood.” (www.newyorker.com)
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“That Girl,” by Addie Citchens - Shirlee looked up and caught her gaze. She smiled, took a bite out of her Kool-Aid pickle, and scooted over to give Theo sour, bitter kisses. (www.newyorker.com)
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How Nikola Jokić Became the World’s Best Basketball Player - He doesn’t run very fast or jump very high, and seems to prefer the company of horses. But he has mastered the game’s new geometry like nobody else. (www.newyorker.com)
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Photos from a Late-Stage Abortion Clinic - At a clinic in Maryland, desperate patients arrive from all over the country to terminate their pregnancies. (www.newyorker.com)
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“You Belong to the World,” by Carrie Fountain - “It’s strange even now to understand that / you are a mother and a wife, that these gifts / were given to you and that you received them.” (www.newyorker.com)
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The Offbeat Indulgence of Handmade Vinegar - Vinegar has long been considered a tonic, and a workhorse of the kitchen. Can it also be a luxury? (www.newyorker.com)
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A Teen’s Fatal Plunge Into the London Underworld - After Zac Brettler mysteriously plummeted into the Thames, his grieving parents were shocked to learn that he’d been posing as an oligarch’s son. Would the police help them solve the puzzle of his death? (www.newyorker.com)
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Nicholas Konrad’s “Online Profile” - The magazine celebrates its ninety-ninth anniversary. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Definition,” by Michael Ondaatje - “All afternoon I stroll the plotless thirteen hundred / pages of a Sanskrit dictionary / with its verbs for holy obsessions.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Another “Barbie” Oscars Snub: Best Whistler! - Molly Lewis, a professional whistler who provided part of the movie’s soundtrack, and who has a new LP, “On the Lips,” shows a music class how it’s done. (www.newyorker.com)
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My Waiting List’s Waiting List - Grounds for automatic expulsion is asking what the waiting list is for. (www.newyorker.com)
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Baruch Spinoza and the Art of Thinking in Dangerous Times - The philosopher was a champion of political and intellectual freedom, but he had no interest in being a martyr. Instead, he shows us how prudence and boldness can go hand in hand. (www.newyorker.com)
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Addie Citchens on Love as an Altar - The author discusses her story “That Girl.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Cartoons from the February 12 & 19, 2024, Issue - New cartoons from the magazine. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Magellan of New York Foodies - A forty-one-year-old financial adviser is on a quest to eat a meal from every country in the world without leaving the city. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Art World Before and After Thelma Golden, by Calvin Tomkins - When Golden was a young curator in the nineties, her shows, centering Black artists, were unprecedented. Today, those artists are the stars of the art market. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Topsy-Turvy Logic of Drinking, in “Days of Wine and Roses” - Brian d’Arcy James and Kelli O’Hara play a pair of fizzy drunks in the musical adaptation of the 1962 movie. Also, “The Animal Kingdom” takes on group therapy. (www.newyorker.com)
The Mail - Letters respond to Carrie Battan’s Profile of Jacqueline Novak, E. Tammy Kim’s piece on drug decriminalization in Oregon, and Louis Menand’s essay on A.I. and I.P. (www.newyorker.com)
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When Women Commit Violence: “The Furies” and “If Love Could Kill” - From the Furies to “Kill Bill,” the figure of the avenging woman, evening the scales, has long entranced the public. Is there any truth to the tale? (www.newyorker.com)
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A Philosophy of Pleasure in “The Taste of Things” - The film, starring Juliette Binoche as a chef at a country manor, is devoted to the long-ripened skills and sheer hard work that go into the giving of rapture. (www.newyorker.com)
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Addie Citchens Reads “That Girl” - The author reads her story from the February 12 & 19, 2024, issue of the magazine. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Friendship Challenge - How envy destroyed the perfect connection between two teen-age girls. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Cryptic Crossword: Sunday, February 4, 2024 - Toy you only yank on, at first (2-2). (www.newyorker.com)
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Lily Gladstone Is Holding the Door Open - The “Killers of the Flower Moon” star on how to curse in Blackfoot, being nominated for an Oscar, and the many Native actors she hopes will follow her. (www.newyorker.com)
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Joe Biden’s Weird Perception Problem - For the President and his campaign staff, the problem is tactical. How can he pull this off? There is no shortage of advice. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Secret Ingredient Behind a Breakfast-Taco Pop-Up - Border Town serves a minimalist style of taco that’s rare in New York City, with fresh wheat tortillas made from flour shipped from Mexico. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Last Real Legislative Battle of 2024 - The passage of a wide-ranging national-security package is being held up by House Republicans and Donald Trump, leaving the Biden Administration in a delicate position ahead of the election. (www.newyorker.com)
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When the Party’s Over - The director Molly Manning Walker relived her wasted youth to create her début feature, “How to Have Sex.” (www.newyorker.com)
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The Deaf Artist Reinventing Conversation - For decades, Joseph Grigely has collected the notes that people use to communicate with him. What do they show us? (www.newyorker.com)
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An Impressive Jobs Report Shows the U.S. Economy Powering Into an Election Year - Strong employment growth and improving consumer sentiment are good news for any Presidential incumbent seeking reëlection. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Immigration Battle in Washington, and the Real Crisis at the Border - Now that the border crisis has migrated into blue cities, it is becoming impossible for the White House to avoid addressing a political liability. Plus, the author Sheila Heti’s new book. (www.newyorker.com)
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Where Will Virtual Reality Take Us? - Apple’s Vision Pro headset suggests one possible future—but there are others. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Friday, February 2nd - Scanning the screen for a familiar face. (www.newyorker.com)
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Co-Teaching a Class on Israel and Palestine - A miniature academic peace process suggests how a university might organize for difficult subjects—and what, after all, universities are. (www.newyorker.com)
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Barbara Lee’s Antiwar Campaign for the Senate - In California’s crowded primary, can a longtime congresswoman sell her progressive ideals to the mainstream? (www.newyorker.com)
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David Greenspan Peers Beyond the Veil in Joey Merlo’s Eerie One-Person Show - Also: Supplementary reading for “Feud,” the evolution of Tinashe, Twyla Tharp’s new work, and more. (www.newyorker.com)
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“The Curse” and the Magical Thinking of the Speculative Economy - The Nathan Fielder–Emma Stone series is about whose predictions about the future go unchallenged and whose fates are decided as consequence. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Senate’s False Hope of a Grand Bargain Meets Its Trumpy Demise - Whether folly, hubris, or denial, it was always going to end this way. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Feud: Capote vs. the Swans” Is a Simulacrum of a Scandal - The Tom Hollander-led series sanitizes its larger-than-life subject—and is notably lacking in fun. (www.newyorker.com)
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“How to Have Sex”: A Sharp Drama with Blank Characters - Molly Manning Walker’s first feature is empathetically centered on three teen-age girls whose lives it leaves unconsidered. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Thursday, February 1st - “Looks like another six centuries of winter.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Surprise—You’re Now Subscribed to My Substack! - There is an impossible-to-find Opt Out button, but if you manage to locate it, you will still need to complete a brief survey. (www.newyorker.com)
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Is There Hope for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women? - A hashtag and a political campaign have brought attention to the epidemic of violence, but a New Mexico woman is fighting case by case. (www.newyorker.com)
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Why We Can’t Quit the Mean Girl - The mean girl is a recurring character in the culture: a picture of femininity who rules her social world with an iron fist. Do we want to be her, or break her? (www.newyorker.com)
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Can Slowing Down Save the Planet? - In a best-selling manifesto, the Marxist philosopher Kohei Saito calls us to reject the logic of economic growth and embrace a different kind of plenty. (www.newyorker.com)
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Sterling HolyWhiteMountain Reads Roberto Bolaño - The author joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss the story “Labyrinth,” which was published in a 2012 issue of The New Yorker. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Point of “Point Break” - By pushing plot, image, and language to their limits, the film reveals the fundamental strangeness of the American action movie. (www.newyorker.com)
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Why You Keep Seeing Biden Falling on Instagram - Supporters of the Trump and Biden campaigns are trying to engineer viral moments to win the election through memes and social media. (www.newyorker.com)
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America’s Paranoid Taylor Swift Super Bowl MAGA Fever Dream - The fate of everything from the N.F.L. to American democracy has been sucked up in the Swiftularity. (www.newyorker.com)
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Can the Government of Mexico Bring the U.S. Gun Industry to Book? - A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit from the Mexican government against American firearms manufacturers can move forward. Now the gunmakers are preparing an appeal to the Supreme Court. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Risks in Attacking the Houthis in Yemen - They started out as a family enterprise but have burgeoned into a movement with tens of thousands of fighters and become a formidable geopolitical force. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, January 31st - “I’d like to thank the four hundred people who somehow managed to secretly turn this conspiracy into a championship.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Consider the Vulture - We think of scavengers as gross—but they clean up nature’s messes, and they need saving. (www.newyorker.com)
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How the Stanley Cup Went Viral - The canny marketing campaign behind the wildly popular tumblers. (www.newyorker.com)
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Bonus Daily Cartoon: Art du Jour - The hottest trend in painting is canned. (www.newyorker.com)
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A Pediatrician’s Two Weeks Inside a Hospital in Gaza - No space, no supplies, and harrowing life-and-death decisions. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, January 30th - “And the Academy Award for Best Oscar Campaign goes to . . .” (www.newyorker.com)
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Signs You May Be an Adult Character in a Y.A. Novel - You were a little bit wild when you were a young adult, which is completely imperceptible now, except when certain music is played. (www.newyorker.com)
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What Garry Winogrand Saw in Color - A rarely seen body of Winogrand’s work is more inviting than his black-and-white pictures, but no less layered or sly. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Monday, January 29th - On the hook. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Search for a New and Better Internet - Amid worries about what Big Tech is doing to our privacy, politics, and psyches, many stakeholders—from activists to technocrats—are calling for a new rule book. (www.newyorker.com)
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Ukraine’s Democracy in Darkness - With elections postponed and no end to the war with Russia in sight, Volodymyr Zelensky and his political allies are becoming like the officials they once promised to root out: entrenched. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Life with Spider,” by Patrick Langley - In the next ten days, Spider made further appearances. Some were comic, others sinister; most were both. (www.newyorker.com)
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Cartoons from the February 5, 2024, Issue - New cartoons from the magazine. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Perverse Policies That Fuel Wildfires - We thought we could master nature, but we were playing with fire. (www.newyorker.com)
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2024, Reviewed - The early complaints are in, and this year is no 1973, I’ll tell you that. (www.newyorker.com)
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Margaret Cavendish’s “Mad” Imagination - In a time when women were not formally educated, Cavendish became a natural philosopher, an autobiographer, and a fiction writer—and was considered both an eccentric and a genius. (www.newyorker.com)
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Patrick Langley on Comedy and Violence - The author discusses his story “Life with Spider.” (www.newyorker.com)
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June Squibb: Film Actor by Her Sixties, Leading Woman by Her Nineties - The Alexander Payne muse, Beanie Feldstein pal, and ninety-four-year-old lead of “Thelma,” about a phone-scam-avenging grandma, plots her next move over pork gyoza. (www.newyorker.com)
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Patrick Langley Reads “Life with Spider” - The author reads his story from the February 5, 2024, issue of the magazine. (www.newyorker.com)
The Mail - Letters respond to Zach Helfand’s piece on tipping, Alec MacGillis’s article about the school-attendance crisis, and Stephania Taladrid’s piece about post-Roe Texas. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Opera “Chornobyldorf” Channels Ukrainian Rage and Sorrow - The experimental work, recently staged at La Mama, feels eerily resonant in a time of war. (www.newyorker.com)
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Congratulations! You’re a Screen-Time Champ! - You’ve successfully placed an order with FoodBringer! Yum! (www.newyorker.com)
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Inside the Music Industry’s High-Stakes A.I. Experiments - Lucian Grainge, the chairman of UMG, has helped record labels rake in billions of dollars from streaming. Can he do the same with generative artificial intelligence? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Ten Best Ten-Best Lists - A ranking esteemed enough to allow you to speak the word “canonical” very loudly while on the phone in the coffee shop. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Oscar Nominee Cord Jefferson on Why Race Is So “Fertile” for Comedy - “American Fiction,” nominated for five Academy Awards, satirizes the literary world, and upends Hollywood conventions about Blackness. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Gist,” by Rae Armantrout - “I grew up in the particleboard suburbs, / one house like the next.” (www.newyorker.com)
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How the Tenement Museum Got a New Tenant - Two historians take a tour of the latest exhibition, which tells the story of a Black family by featuring, for the first time, a non-resident. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Rural Ski Slope Caught Up in an International Scam - A federal program promised to bring foreign investment to remote parts of the country. It soon became rife with fraud. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Silo,” by Sophie Cabot Black - “Whoever is the one to ladder up / Never has to say why.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Briefly Noted Book Reviews - “The Revolutionary Temper,” “A City on Mars,” “The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild,” and “Behind You Is the Sea.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Sarula Bao’s “Lunar New Year” - The artist depicts the joys of gathering with loved ones, around a table of good food. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Do I Have to Come Here Injured or Dead?” - Keldy Mabel Gonzáles Brebe de Zúniga was one of the first mothers separated from her children at the border by the Trump Administration. The cruelty she suffered in the United States was matched only by what she was forced to flee in Honduras. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Trump Veepstakes Has Begun - An unseemly crowd of would-be V.P.s has been campaigning in Trump’s wake, generating a phantasmagoria of MAGA abasement—rich in ambition, short on shame. (www.newyorker.com)
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Restaurant Review: At Naks, a Filipino Feast to Eat with Your Hands - With its latest restaurant, Naks, the Unapologetic Foods restaurant group is seeking to do for the food of the Philippines what its other places have done for South Asian cuisine. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Cryptic Crossword: Sunday, January 28, 2024 - Locks in Montgomery ski resort’s transportation (9). (www.newyorker.com)
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How Mads Mikkelsen Generates Sympathy for the Devil - The Danish actor on his new film, “The Promised Land,” the difference between working on indie films and starring in Hollywood franchises, and his love of Buster Keaton. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Importance of the I.C.J. Ruling on Israel - The court did not order a ceasefire, but its finding that Israel is the subject of “plausible” claims that it is in violation of the Genocide Convention is momentous, an international-law expert says. (www.newyorker.com)
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Nine Regular People Tell Donald Trump to Shut Up and Pay Up - A New York jury ordered the ex-President to pay the writer E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million. Will the verdict bust the myth that he’s immune to consequences? (www.newyorker.com)
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The One-Woman Show That Stars Two Women - At the first rehearsal for Suzanne Bocanegra’s “Bodycast,” Ruth Negga practices playing Bocanegra, who practices sitting onstage and muttering lines to Negga. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Future of Academic Freedom - As the Israel-Hamas war provokes claims about unacceptable speech, the ability to debate difficult subjects is in renewed peril. (www.newyorker.com)
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Biden’s Dilemma in the Israel-Hamas War - As Israel continues its military campaign in Gaza, President Biden navigates a divided Democratic Party. (www.newyorker.com)
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Listening to the N.F.L. - A plots and B plots in the best podcasts for the playoffs. (www.newyorker.com)
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How Senate Democrats Are Divided on Israel - Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley discusses Bernie Sanders’s failed resolution to condition U.S. military aid to Israel, and his visit to the Gaza border. (www.newyorker.com)
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For Journalists, “Gaza Is Unprecedented,” and Deadly - The death toll for journalists in Gaza is extremely high, and Israel has been accused of targeting them. Plus, a conversation with the Oscar-nominated director Cord Jefferson. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Friday, January 26th - “Keep at it—any boot discomfort will go away once your feet are completely numb.” (www.newyorker.com)
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How to Have a More Productive Year - Knowledge work is always changing, and our approach to it needs to change, too. (www.newyorker.com)
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Fruit-Peel Theories to Determine the Strength of Your Relationship - Blueberry-Peel Theory: No one has ever done this. Your “partner” is a figment of your imagination. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Holdouts in the Quest for a Better Power Grid - Farmers in Missouri are opposing the Grain Belt Express, a transmission line that will connect wind farms in Kansas with cities in the East. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Subtraction”: A Masterwork of Realistic Fantasy - The Iranian director Mani Haghighi scrutinizes daily life in Tehran by way of supernatural events and inspired images. (www.newyorker.com)
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How Co-Regulation Became the Parenting Buzzword of the Day - According to experts, maintaining an infectious state of calm is the single goal from which all other family aspirations can flow. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Thursday, January 25th - It’s happening again. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Meme-ification of American Politics - Why more and more voters will be forming opinions in the 2024 election based on a funny video that their cousin’s husband’s sister shared in the group chat. (www.newyorker.com)
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What Is the Comic For? - Standup comedy has long been an art of public transgression—but, in the age of the culture wars, do audiences want to be challenged, or affirmed? (www.newyorker.com)
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“Public Obscenities” Triumphs Off Broadway - Shayok Misha Chowdhury turns to fine-grained realism in his extraordinary bilingual drama. (www.newyorker.com)
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Raising Felix: As an Adult - Empathy: I know, buddy. It sucks not having the emotional intelligence to express that frustration in any other way than screaming and crying. (www.newyorker.com)
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How “the Élite” Became the Most Convenient Straw Man in Politics - Evan Osnos untangles the real meaning of a term that has become a useful shorthand for a wide array of grievances. (www.newyorker.com)
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How the Hindu Right Triumphed in India - A razed mosque, a new temple, and the rise of Narendra Modi. (www.newyorker.com)
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Richie Hofmann Reads Henri Cole - The poet joins Kevin Young to read and discuss “Twilight,” by Henri Cole, and his own poem “French Novel.” (www.newyorker.com)
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Can an American Hold the United Arab Emirates Responsible for a Smear Campaign? - The U.A.E.’s rulers destroyed Hazim Nada’s business. Now he’s fighting back with a lawsuit that challenges what states can get away with outside their borders. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Best Books We’ve Read in 2024 So Far - Our editors and critics review notable new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, January 24th - “You’re a stainless-steel-water-bottle kind of person, and I’m a Stanley-cup kind of person—I’m sorry, but it would never work.” (www.newyorker.com)
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The Dilemma of Gaza’s Christians - In the wake of two deaths at Holy Family Catholic Church, Palestinian Christians are weighing the costs of speaking out against the Israeli government. (www.newyorker.com)
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Bowling Without Sight, in “Friday Night Blind” - Scott Krahn and Robb Fischer’s short film follows a trio of friends who take part in a bowling league for people who are visually impaired. (www.newyorker.com)
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The 2024 Republican Primary Was Over Before It Began - Donald Trump all but secured the nomination with his win over Nikki Haley in New Hampshire, but the former President’s party remains as divided as ever about his candidacy. (www.newyorker.com)
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Now That the Oscar Nominations Are in, Here’s What Deserves to Win - This time, for a change, several of the year’s best movies found favor with the Academy. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Oscars Are Confused About “Barbie” - In snubbing the film’s central voices—Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie—the Academy continues its tense relationship with blockbusters. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, January 23rd - “If he’s so tough, why won’t he publicly criticize Trump?” (www.newyorker.com)
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Two New Yorker Films Receive 2024 Oscar Nominations - “The Barber of Little Rock” and “Knight of Fortune” will compete in the Best Documentary Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film categories at the ceremony on March 10th. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Probiotic-Soda Shoppe - We’ve pumped our sodas so full of probiotics that your gut will overdose on bacteria. (www.newyorker.com)
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What Would It Mean for Scientists to Listen to Patients? - People with post-viral illnesses often feel shut out of the scientific establishment. Two renowned Yale researchers are attempting to bring them in. (www.newyorker.com)
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“The Runaway Princesses,” Episode 1: Sisters - Why the daughters of the ruler of Dubai decided to escape his control. (www.newyorker.com)
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“The Runaway Princesses,” Episode 2: Escape - After Princess Shamsa was caught trying to flee her father, Princess Latifa decided to make her own attempt. (www.newyorker.com)
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“The Runaway Princesses,” a New Yorker Podcast, Exposes the Plight of Dubai’s Royal Women - A four-episode narrative series, from In the Dark, examines why the daughters of the emirate’s ruler have risked their lives to run away. Subscribers get early, ad-free access. (www.newyorker.com)
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“The Runaway Princesses,” Episode 3: A Nice Lunch - Aboard a yacht in the Arabian Sea, Latifa was briefly free. Then commandos stormed the boat. (www.newyorker.com)
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“The Runaway Princesses,” Episode 4: Hostage - Latifa was captured and returned to Dubai. Secret recordings shed light on her desperate fate. (www.newyorker.com)
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Will the Race Against Trump End in New Hampshire? - Nikki Haley’s performance in the state’s Republican primary on Tuesday is the only thing standing in the way of a Biden-Trump rematch. (www.newyorker.com)
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It’s Green Day’s World Now - The band’s new album, “Saviors,” feels amazingly current, not because Green Day has capitulated to the whims of the Zeitgeist but because, somehow, the Zeitgeist has bent around Green Day. (www.newyorker.com)
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Americans Are Finally Starting to Feel Better About the Economy - Consumer sentiment, among Democrats and Republicans, has jumped sharply in the past two months. That’s encouraging news for Joe Biden. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Campaign Against D.E.I. - For critics of the former Harvard president Claudine Gay, a larger goal was always in sight. (www.newyorker.com)
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Daily Cartoon: Monday, January 22nd - “I’d like to thank for his endorsement, Ron De . . . Superfantastic.” (www.newyorker.com)
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“Aerial View,” by Jericho Brown - “Everybody adores a lion / But me. I want to be a giraffe.” (www.newyorker.com)
The Mail - Letters respond to Jennifer Wilson’s article about contemporary polyamory. (www.newyorker.com)
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Roz Chast’s “Bird Bath” - The artist depicts her favorite antidote for dreary winter weather: a nice, hot bath. (www.newyorker.com)
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Rules for the Ruling Class - How to thrive in the power élite—while declaring it your enemy. (www.newyorker.com)
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How a Remedial Math Tool Ended Up at the Whitney - James Inoli Murphy once used string figures while teaching high school. Now he’s doing workshops for an exhibition for the Beat polymath (and string-art enthusiast) Harry Smith. (www.newyorker.com)
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Briefly Noted Book Reviews - “Come and Get It,” “Disillusioned,” “Poor Deer,” and “Nonfiction.” (www.newyorker.com)
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We’re Sorry to See You Go - Please unsubscribe: I don’t remember signing up for these e-mails. But that may be the gummy talking. (www.newyorker.com)
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Pramila Jayapal on Biden’s Fragile Coalition - The chair of the powerful Congressional Progressive Caucus looks at whether President Biden can put the Democratic Party back together again in time to achieve victory in the 2024 election. (www.newyorker.com)
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Avoiding the Evil Eye - How to take a compliment without inviting misfortune. (www.newyorker.com)
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“Habibti Ghazal” - “Nineteen’s slow violence. Your arm a tusk slicing the air—whoa, habibti— / for that first Jack-and-Coke. Here we go, take it slow, habibti.” (www.newyorker.com)
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The Architect of Our Divided Supreme Court - A hundred years ago, Chief Justice William Howard Taft made the Court more efficient and more powerful. His interventions marked a turning point whose effects are still being felt. (www.newyorker.com)
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Chabad Headquarters or Henry VIII Residence? - An altercation over a secret tunnel in a Brooklyn Lubavitcher shul raised a question: Why do so many Chabad buildings look as if they belong in Tudor England? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Truth Is Out There, on an App - A NASA report recommended crowdsourcing possible U.F.O. sightings. The founder of Enigma Labs explains how they’re already sorting and rating them according to plausibility. (www.newyorker.com)
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When America First Dropped Acid - Well before the hippies arrived, LSD and other hallucinogens were poised to enter the American mainstream. (www.newyorker.com)
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Sofia Coppola’s Path to Filming Gilded Adolescence - There are few Hollywood families in which one famous director has spawned another. Coppola says, “It’s not easy for anyone in this business, even though it looks easy for me.” (www.newyorker.com)
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“Poor Houdini,” by Anne Carson - Afterward, talking of that night, she can’t remember how she found her way, with the darkness complete and the crow no longer visible in upper branches. (www.newyorker.com)
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Cartoons from the January 29, 2024, Issue - New cartoons from the magazine. (www.newyorker.com)
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The Twins Obsession - From Romulus and Remus to Mary-Kate and Ashley, multiples loom large in our cultural and historical imaginations. (www.newyorker.com)
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Ava DuVernay Wants to Build a New System - The director behind “Selma” and “When They See Us” on how her latest film, “Origin,” drew inspiration and funding from unlikely sources—and “broke every rule” she’s learned from her years in Hollywood. (www.newyorker.com)
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A Tasting Menu with a Bit of Noma in Its DNA - At Ilis, in Brooklyn, the Danish chef Mads Refslund pushes the art of the tasting menu into abstraction. (www.newyorker.com)
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Trump on the Trail and on Trial - Is it clever, or deluded, for Trump—who complained last week that he has been indicted more times than Al Capone—to see his trials as a political opportunity? (www.newyorker.com)
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The Woman Who Spent Five Hundred Days in a Cave - Beatriz Flamini liked to be alone so much that she decided to live underground—and pursue a world record. The experience was gruelling and surreal. (www.newyorker.com)