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David Means Reads “Two Nurses, Smoking” 2020-05-26 06:00:00Deborah Treisman hosts the author David Means, who reads his story “Two Nurses, Smoking,” from the June 1, 2020, issue of The New Yorker,

Lionel Shriver Is Looking for Trouble 2020-05-25 06:00:00The author’s contrarianism has made her famous, but fiction is what she believes changes minds, Ariel Levy writes.

The Scholar Starting Brawls with the Enlightenment 2020-05-25 06:00:00James Wood on whether the cult of rationality has blinded us to the power of transcendence.

David Means on Small Talk and Love Stories 2020-05-25 06:00:00Cressida Leyshon interviews the author David Means about his short story “Two Nurses, Smoking,” from the June 1, 2020, issue of The New Yo

Wartime for Wodehouse 2020-05-25 06:00:00Rivka Galchen on P. G. Wodehouse, who paid dearly for his indomitable high spirits in internment camps, though not in the way one might have expected.

How Baseball Players Became Celebrities 2020-05-25 06:00:00Louis Menand on how Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth transformed America’s pastime by becoming a new kind of star.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-05-25 06:00:00“The Death of Jesus,” “A Children’s Bible,” “The Equivalents,” and “My Autobiography of Carson McCulle

Sunday Reading: First Encounters with Legendary Figures 2020-05-24 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive, stories by John Hersey, Charles Cooke, Harold Ross, A. J. Liebling, Susan Orlean, Janet Flanner, Hilton Als, Andy

A Brief History of the Codpiece, the P.P.E. 2020-05-23 17:24:15Dan Piepenbring reviews Michael Glover’s book “Thrust: A Spasmodic Pictorial History of the Codpiece in Art.”

Anatomy of a Book 2020-05-21 17:56:17Susannah Kemple introduces a short film by D. W. Young about the special language of antiquarian booksellers.

“Michael Kohlhaas,” the Book That Made the Novel 2020-05-20 07:16:12Dustin Illingworth writes about a new translation of Heinrich von Kleist’s “Michael Kohlhaas,” from from Michael Hofmann, which was

The Mysterious “Sweating Sickness” in Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf 2020-05-20 06:00:00Jia Tolentino writes about reading Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” trilogy and how a mysterious illness described in the books resonates

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The shadow economy that lets the ultra rich 2020-06-01 18:38:58Nelson D. Schwartz explores the perils of a financial system that enables one percenters to move to the head of the line in ‘The Velvet Rope Eco

The internet as it is: ‘Lurking’ shows the 2020-06-01 18:19:42Unlike other books on the subject, Joanne McNeil’s shrewd history of the internet doesn’t pretend there was ever an online golden age.

Jules Feiffer, a stubborn pooch, and a children’s 2020-06-01 06:00:00The indefatigable cartoonist talks about how he resisted drawing animals, and how he finally wrote the sequel to his picture book, “Bark, George

Q&A with poet Naomi Shihab Nye 2020-05-28 16:12:32How do parents keep kids learning and playing with words, even as online classes end? The Young People’s Poet Laureate has some ideas.

The 10 best books of May to enjoy 2020-05-27 19:05:00From debut novels to political biographies, May brings showers of new releases to entertain and enlighten.

Edward Snowden arouses little sympathy in ‘Dark Mirror’ 2020-05-27 18:44:47Barton Gellman’s biography paints an unflinching picture of the man some consider a spy, and others a hero, for revealing widespread surveillanc

What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows. 2020-05-20 17:35:40David Allen Sibley’s lavishly illustrated “What It’s Like to Be a Bird” is more for perusing indoors - it’s too big to f

Spring picture books to read with the ones 2020-05-18 09:07:00Children and adults can visit Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, ride a mysterious elevator, and discover “recipes” for writing poems in t

What if Hillary had never married Bill? ‘Rodham’ 2020-05-18 06:00:00Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel – part fan fiction, part thought experiment – offers an uneven but fascinating exploration of an alternate

In ‘Afterlife,’ a woman forges a path through 2020-05-13 18:26:00Julia Alvarez’s latest novel demonstrates that even in times of loss there is a person, an opportunity, or a perspective, waiting to shake thing

What really happened at the O.K. Corral 2020-05-12 17:00:47The most famous gunfight of the old West lives on in movies and in our imagination. “Tombstone” separates the truth from the myth.

‘Pelosi’ tracks the career of a powerful, driven 2020-05-11 16:37:58As the first woman speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, she’s honed a formidable legislative record and staved off challengers.

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What Black America Means to Europe New! 2020-06-06 07:50:54Although police killings are a constant, gruesome feature of American life, to many Europeans this particular murder stands as confirmation of the inj

Cut the Carceral System Now New! 2020-06-06 03:00:52Even before this past week, carceral institutions have been in the news as the prison and jail boom of the past forty years has intensified the damage

In Hong Kong, Uncertainty Rules as Beijing Asserts 2020-06-05 03:00:17Hong Kong has long been haunted by the thought of its future. Many of its citizens worry that it will become just another mainland Chinese city. This

Democracy’s Red Line 2020-06-04 12:45:56The title of Masha Gessen’s polemic about the Trump presidency is Surviving Autocracy. What was a metaphor when Gessen wrote it—at least f

A Difficult Birth in Britain’s Stressed Health Service 2020-06-04 10:02:46It’s easy to blame all of this on Boris Johnson. But British society also bears part of the blame. One element is the soppy sentimentality that

How Police Became Paramilitaries 2020-06-03 11:06:55That beat cops so often look like troops is not just a problem of “optics.” There is, in fact, a “positive and statistically signifi

Viktor Orbán’s Masterplan to Make Hungary Greater Again 2020-06-03 03:00:51As Versailles was to Germany, so Trianon was to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In both treaties, the victors of World War I redrew the borders of t

Cyprian Ekwensi’s Lagos Noir 2020-06-02 03:00:17Around the time I decided to take writing seriously, my family moved to a new town. I remember filching a worn copy of People of the City from a books

Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights 2020-06-01 03:00:38The United States, even as it pursued its neo-imperial ambitions, championed the human rights revolution that began after World War II. But today, for

My Quarantine: Cozy Mysteries 2020-05-31 03:00:37I first drifted into the Father Brown and Miss Fisher television series in 2018, while under the effects of pain medication and postsurgical malaise.

Painting a Knotty Landscape: An Interview with Yevgeniya 2020-05-30 03:00:23Marisa Mazria Katz: Your paintings feel very experiential, almost like walking through a landscape. And so much of your imagery seems to have been der

After George Floyd, a Nation in Search of 2020-05-29 11:26:58In the worst of ironies, outrage at the system has, at least for now, made the system more terrifying than ever. Across social media, peaceful pr

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Brit Bennett Set Her Novel 50 Years Ago 2020-06-05 16:13:00The Vanishing Half is about African American twins — one lives as a black woman, the other "passes" as white. Passing is "an act of self-crea

Remembering Award-Winning Author Robb Forman Dew 2020-06-05 13:42:16Dew, who died May 22, wrote intimately about family relationships in both fiction and nonfiction. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1994 about The Family He

Historian Eric Foner On The 'Unresolved Legacy Of 2020-06-05 13:42:16After the Civil War, the federal government promised former slaves equality and citizenship. Historian Eric Foner says the failed promises reverberate

John Ridley Finds Inspiration From Young Protesters Demanding 2020-06-05 05:07:00NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to screenwriter, show producer and novelist John Ridley about the unrest in America over the killing of George Floyd, a bla

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Condemns Trump's Threat To 2020-06-04 20:00:00In rare remarks, retired Gen. Martin Dempsey rebuked the president's threat to use military troops against protesters as "dangerous," saying it wou

'This Is One Way To Dance' Explores A 2020-06-04 08:00:00Essayist Sejal Shah brings important, refreshing, and depressing observations about what it means to have dark skin and an "exotic" name, when the o

Publishers Sue Internet Archive For 'Mass Copyright Infringement' 2020-06-03 14:52:38The lawsuit filed this week in federal court alleges that the organization, which lends books online for free, amounts to a "piracy site" that has b

From Freddie Gray To George Floyd: Wes Moore 2020-06-03 14:24:00In Five Days, Moore chronicles the uprising that occurred in Baltimore following Gray's death. "We're basically reliving history right now," he sa

'The Vanishing Half' Counts The Terrible Costs Of 2020-06-03 07:00:05Brit Bennett's triumphant new novel follows two light-skinned black sisters whose lives take very different paths; you'll keep turning pages not to

'Surviving Autocracy': Masha Gessen's New Book Tells A 2020-06-02 15:55:00NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with The New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen about their new book, Surviving Autocracy.

Russian-American Masha Gessen Sees Putin In Trump, Trouble 2020-06-02 10:40:00The New Yorker journalist says Putin and Trump were elected president without really wanting the job. They ran "not for president but for autocrat"

Identical Twins Become Divided By Race In 'The 2020-06-01 12:33:00Brit Bennett's new novel centers on two light-skinned African American sisters — one of whom "passes" for white. The Vanishing Half is compel

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