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How a Young Woman Lost Her Identity - The New Yorker
Hannah Upp disappears for weeks at a time, forgetting her sense of self. Can she still be found?
thenewyorker  rachelaviv  hannahupp  identity  disappearances  mystery  dissociativefugue 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Stephen Shore’s Offbeat Sublimities | The New Yorker
An immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective of the photographer’s work showcases his easeful acceptance of the world.
photography  stephenshore  thenewyorker 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Nicolás Maduro’s Accelerating Revolution | The New Yorker
Venezuela’s President has outmaneuvered his opponents. Can he survive an economy in free fall?
politics  venezuela  nicolasmaduro  thenewyorker 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On | The New Yorker
As America’s rural communities stagnate, what can we learn from one that hasn’t?
orange  city  iowa  thenewyorker  smalltowns 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Danger of President Pence | The New Yorker
Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.
mikepence  politics  government  donaldtrump  thenewyorker  janemayer 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Uncanny Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons | The New Yorker
In 2017, Dungeons & Dragons, a game played outside the realm of the Internet, can feel slightly rebellious, or at least pleasantly out of place.
games  gaming  dungeonsandragons  thenewyorker 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea | The New Yorker
On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?
northkorea  evanosnos  thenewyorker  pyongyang  kim  jongun  donaldtrump  nuclearwar 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Trials of a Muslim Cop | The New Yorker
Bobby Hadid joined the N.Y.P.D. after 9/11, to protect his new country. But when he questioned the force’s tactics, his life began to erode.
thenewyorker  bobbyhadid  nypd  crime  9/11  islam  islamophobia  policing  civilliberties 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Louis Sachar, the Children’s-Book Author Who Introduced Me to Style | The New Yorker
I first read Louis Sachar’s Wayside School books in second grade, and I felt as if I’d been psychologically recognized, like a neon fetishist discovering Dan Flavin, or a millennial stoner happening upon “Broad City.”
fiction  jiatolentino  thenewyorker  childrensbooks  kidsbooks  books  literature  writing  writers  authors  louissachar 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Childcare - The New Yorker
The cold came late that fall, and the songbirds were caught off guard. By the time the snow and wind began in earnest, too many had been suckered into staying, and instead of flying south, instead of already having flown south, they were huddled in people’s yards, their feathers puffed for some modicum of warmth. I was looking for a babysitting job. I was a student and needed money, so I would walk from interview to interview in these attractive but wintry neighborhoods, past the eerie multitudes of robins pecking at the frozen ground, dun gray and stricken—though what bird in the best of circumstances does not look a little stricken—until at last, late in my search, at the end of a week, startlingly, the birds had disappeared. I did not want to think about what had happened to them. Or, rather, that is an expression—of politeness, a false promise of delicacy—for in fact I wondered about them all the time: imagining them dead, in stunning heaps in some killing cornfield outside of town, or dropped from the sky in twos and threes for miles down along the Illinois state line.
lorriemoore  thenewyorker  fiction  literature  shortstories 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Trump’s Business of Corruption | The New Yorker
What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President’s foreign deals?
russia  corruption  trump  politics  donaldtrump  adamdavidson  thenewyorker  robertmueller 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” Fifty Years Later | The New Yorker
The first paragraph of E. L. Konigsburg’s 1967 book “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” about two young runaways who become entangled in an art-historical mystery, is a masterpiece of graceful, efficient exposition
jiatolentino  thenewyorker  elkonigsburg  fromthemixedupfilesofmrsbasilefrankweiler  childrensbooks  books  literature  metropolitanmuseumofart  newyork 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Donald Trump’s Worst Deal - The New Yorker
The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
thenewyorker  donaldtrump  azerbaijan  realestate  politics  iran  revolutionaryguard  adamdavidson 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Two Lives of Michael Jackson - The New Yorker
Do me a favor. Go on YouTube and find the footage of Michael Jackson singing “Who’s Lovin’ You” on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He is eleven years old. It is one of his first times on national television. In the intro, he looks and sounds like . . .
michaeljackson  celebrity  culture  popularculture  music  carvellwallace  thenewyorker  africanamericanculture  racism 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
America’s Future Is Texas - The New Yorker
With right-wing zealots taking over the legislature even as the state’s demographics shift leftward, Texas has become the nation’s bellwether.
lawrencewright  texas  thenewyorker 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Trenchcoat Robbers - The New Yorker
Ray Bowman and Billy Kirkpatrick, who began boosting together as teenagers, were arrested only twice during their prolific partnership. The first time was for stealing 38 records from a K-Mart in 1974. The second arrest came in 1997. In between, Bowman and Kirkpatrick robbed 27 banks, including the single biggest haul in United States history: $4,461,681 from the Seafirst Bank in suburban Tacoma.
robbery  crime  thenewyorker  alexkotlowitz 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Terrazzo Jungle | The New Yorker
Fifty years ago, the mall was born. America would never be the same.
architecture  malls  shoppingmalls  thenewyorker  malcomgladwell  victorgruen 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Hunted - The New Yorker
The inside story of how an ABC nature shoot in Africa end up producing a snuff film.
jeffreygoldberg  thenewyorker  africa  conservation 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Thinking in the Rain - The New Yorker
An artist takes on “the umbrella problem,” which runs so deep the U.S. Patent Office has four full-time examiners dedicated solely to assessing ideas for umbrella improvement.
thenewyorker  susanorlean  umbrellas 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Atomic John - The New Yorker
A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs.
thenewyorker  nuclearbomb  nuclear  history  johncostermullen  science 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn - The New Yorker
Carrie Goldberg is a pioneer in the field of sexual privacy, using the law to defend victims of hacking, leaking, and other online assaults.
revengeporn  law  thenewyorker  hacking  leaking  technology  onlineharrassment  privacy 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Cool Kids Behind Opening Ceremony - The New Yorker
With their store and their chummy collaborations, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim became New York’s resident curators of hip. Who cares that they don’t sew?
openingceremony  fashion  thenewyorker  retail 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Unified Theory of the “Rocky” Movies
mong blockbuster franchises, “Rocky” stands out as surely the unlikeliest. How many other Part 7s can you name with nary a gun or spaceship in sight? In its very human focus, the “Rocky” series is, oddly, the closest analogue that American cinema has produced to François Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel cycle. But, whereas Doinel’s fictional life was defined, as any self-mythologizing Frenchman’s would be, in terms of his relationships with a series of stunning women, Rocky must measure himself always in his workplace: the ring. Across four decades, we’ve witnessed a full-blown, epic saga of a man perpetually considering, but never achieving, retirement.
thenewyorker  film  cinema  sylvesterstallone  andrewbujalski  rocky 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Leonard Cohen's Montreal
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”—a hymn to souls too carnal to grow old, too secular to give praise, and too baffled to mock faith—recently turned thirty. Cohen himself, now eighty, came of age in Jewish Montreal during the twenty years after the Second World War, and those of us who followed him, a half-generation later, can’t hear the song without also thinking about that time and place, which qualifies as an era.
leonardcohen  montreal  quebec  thenewyorker 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
New Koch
The billionaire brothers are championing criminal-justice reform. Has their formula changed?
politics  kochbrothers  thenewyorker  janemayer  criminaljustice  criminaljusticereform 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Unmournable Bodies
More than a dozen people were killed by terrorists in Paris this week. The victims of these crimes are being mourned worldwide: they were human beings, beloved by their families and precious to their friends. On Wednesday, twelve of them were targeted by gunmen for their affiliation with the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Charlie has often been aimed at Muslims, and it’s taken particular joy in flouting the Islamic ban on depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s done more than that, too, including taking on political targets, as well as Christian and Jewish ones. The magazine depicted the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in a sexual threesome. Illustrations such as this have been cited as evidence of Charlie Hebdo’s willingness to offend everyone. But in recent years the magazine has gone specifically for racist and Islamophobic provocations, and its numerous anti-Islam images have been inventively perverse, featuring hook-nosed Arabs, bullet-ridden Korans, variations on the theme of sodomy, and mockery of the victims of a massacre. It is not always easy to see the difference between a certain witty dissent from religion and a bullyingly racist agenda, but it is necessary to try. Even Voltaire, a hero to many who extol free speech, got it wrong. His sparkling and courageous anti-clericalism can be a joy to read, but he was also a committed anti-Semite, whose criticisms of Judaism were accompanied by calumnies about the innate character of Jews.
tejucole  thenewyorker  charliehebdo  violence  islam  terrorism  freespeech  paris  france  satire 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Telling the Story of Civil Rights: A Conversation in Baltimore
Taylor Branch spent twenty-four years writing “America in the King Years,” and he’s been trying for almost as long to get his civil-rights trilogy adapted for the screen. T
thenewyorker  tanehisicoates  davidsimon  taylorbranch  martinlutherkingjr  civilrights  criminaljustice  baltimore 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Postscript: Chantal Akerman - The New Yorker
The Belgian-born, Paris-based director Chantal Akerman died on October 5th, at the age of sixty-five. According to Isabelle Regnier, of Le Monde, she committed suicide. Neither Akerman’s name nor her work is as widely known as it should be. It is no overstatement to say that she made one of the most original and audacious films in the history of cinema, “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” It premièred at the Cannes Film Festival, in May, 1975, the month before her twenty-fifth birthday.
chantalakerman  richardbrody  film  filmmaking  filmmaker  thenewyorker 
october 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Farther Away
Now that the work was done, though, it was harder to ignore the circumstance that, arguably, in one interpretation of his suicide, David had died of boredom and in despair about his future novels. The desperate edge to my own recent boredom: might this be related to my having broken a promise to myself? The promise that, after I’d finished my book project, I would allow myself to feel more than fleeting grief and enduring anger at David’s death?
jonathanfranzen  davidfosterwallace  thenewyorker  writing  writers  literature 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Where Are the Children?
Tougher border security has made migrants more vulnerable. Routes are more perilous, and organized crime controls many smuggling operations. One activist says, “The harder you make it to cross, the more people can charge, the more dangerous the trip becomes.”
immigration  border  bordersecurity  crime  thenewyorker  smuggling  migrants  organizedcrime 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Walter White’s Home Town
Driving around Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I grew up, you see “Breaking Bad” pilgrims everywhere.
thenewyorker  breakingbad  albuquerque  newmexico  culture 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Three Years on Rikers Without Trial
A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.
prison  crime  newyork  socialproblems  criminaljustice  prisonconditions  prisons  thenewyorker  rikersisland  kaliefbrowder 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Clintonian Theory of Foreign Money
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has a new, shorter list of the foreign governments whose money it will take, the Wall Street Journal reported. This is unsatisfying for anyone who thinks that the number of names on that list should be zero, now that Hillary Clinton is running for President. If she wants to be a champion for ordinary Americans, as she said in a video released last weekend, why let one of the first stories after her announcement be that the foundation with her name on it takes checks from officials in other countries?
thenewyorker  hillaryclinton  billclinton  money  politics 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Where the Bodies Are Buried
Gerry Adams has long denied being a member of the I.R.A. But his former compatriots claim that he authorized murder.
northernireland  history  ireland  gerryadams  ira  sinnfein  thenewyorker 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
A Prisoner’s Reading List
While working as editorial assistant for Applause Theater Books and then an agent associate for Nancy Love Literary Agency, Daniel Genis developed an addiction to heroin, which drove him to commit five robberies with pocketknife during August 2003. In November of the same year he was identified by one of his victims, arrested and eventually convicted of five counts of armed robbery, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
prison  crime  literature  books  writers  thenewyorker  writing 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Modern Farmer Plows Ahead
Each issue of Modern Farmer, the stylish agrarian quarterly, has an austere portrait of an animal on the cover
business  culture  farming  urbanfarming  modernfamer  printmedia  magazines  upstatenewyork  thenewyorker  newyork  annmariegardner  alecwilkinson.  agriculture 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Alaska of Giants and Gods
There is proud happiness, happiness born of doing admirable things in the light of day, years of good work, and afterward being tired and content and surrounded by family and friends, enjoying a sumptuous meal, ready for a deserved rest—sleep or death, it would not matter.
thenewyorker  fiction  shortstory  daveggers 
november 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Inside the Ebola Wars
The most dangerous outbreak of an emerging infectious disease since the appearance of H.I.V., in the early nineteen-eighties, seems to have begun on December 6, 2013, in the village of Meliandou, in Guinea, in West Africa, with the death of a two-year-old boy who was suffering from diarrhea and a fever. We now know that he was infected with Ebola virus.
ebola  health  healthcare  disease  microbiology  thenewyorker 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Id Girls
The comedy couple behind “Broad City.”
broadcity  comedy  comedycentral  thenewyorker  television 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Spy Who Loved Me
An undercover surveillance operation that went too far: In 1984, Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest. They fell in love, had a son. Then Bob disappeared. It would take 25 years for Jacqui to learn that he had been working undercover.
thenewyorker  espionage  surveillance  undercover 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Interpreter
Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?
linguistics  language  thenewyorker  idigenous  culture  brazil  amazon 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
From Mars
A young man’s adventures in women’s publishing.
thenewyorker  publishing  media  journalism 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Squid Hunter
Can Steve O’Shea capture the sea’s most elusive creature?
thenewyorker  seacreatures  squid 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Pryor Love
A look at the life and career of Richard Pryor as he reached the end.
thenewyorker  richardpryor  comedy  standup 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Scholar
She was brilliant. Was she also a fraud?
jeffreytoobin  thenewyorker 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The far-flung adventures of a tugboating family.
thenewyorker  burkhardbilger 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
For E. B. White’s readers and family, a sense of trust came easily.
ebwhite  thenewyorker  rogerangell  writing  writers  literature 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Qassem Suleimani, the Middle East’s Most Powerful Operative
Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.
thenewyorker  iran  middleeast  politics  syria 
december 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Master
A charismatic teacher enthralled his students. Was he abusing them? A Sex-Abuse Scandal at Horace Mann
highschool  abuse  thenewyorker  sexual  horacemann  newyork  private 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Duke in His Domain
A profile of Marlon Brando, 33, holed up in a hotel suite in Kyoto where he was filming Sayonara.
acting  cinema  film  trumancapote  marlonbrando  thenewyorker 
november 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The man who has stoked fear about impostors at the polls.
elections  voterfraud  voterid  voting  thenewyorker 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
Boss Rail
How a High-Speed Rail Disaster Exposed China’s Corruption .
railways  politics  corruption  thenewyorker  china 
october 2012 by brendanmcfadden
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