Emily Witt
Emily Witt is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the books “Future Sex” and “Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire.” She has published journalism, essays, and criticism in n+1, the Times, GQ, and the London Review of Books, and was anthologized in “The Best American Travel Writing 2011.” She has reported from many different countries and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique.
All Work
Dept. of Returns
Clubbing Is a Lifeline—and It’s Back
After the coronavirus pandemic, New Yorkers will not take their dance-club scene for granted again.
By Emily WittPhotography by Natalie KeyssarJune 24, 2021
Under Review
The Stinging Provocations of Virginie Despentes
In her Vernon Subutex novels, which were huge best-sellers in France, one feels the collapse of a national myth—and a crippling disorientation in its place.
By Emily WittMay 19, 2021
U.S. Journal
The Sorrow and Relief in Minneapolis
After Derek Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd’s murder, people hugged and wept. But it was not a joyful scene; it was something else.
By Emily WittApril 21, 2021
L.A.’s Disorganized Vaccination Rollout and the Dream of Universal Health Care
The failures to reach the hardest hit populations are another reminder of how the system neglects so many.
By Emily WittMarch 9, 2021
Maine’s Referendum on Susan Collins’s Reputation
The senator’s recent record has felt, to many, like a failure to meet the moment.
By Emily WittOctober 15, 2020
Despite a National Outcry, Activists in Louisville Fight the Breonna Taylor Decision Alone
The movement’s success at publicizing Taylor’s cause on the Internet has not shielded the beleaguered activists on the ground in Louisville from physical and legal risk.
By Emily WittSeptember 29, 2020
The Streets of Kenosha and the National Stage
After the violence came mourning, defiance, and distortion.
By Emily WittPhotography by Malike SidibeSeptember 1, 2020
Tuning InJune 22, 2020 Issue
Testifying Against Police Brutality on Zoom
“Today, we are going to remind the New York City Police Department that they work for us,” Councilman Donovan Richards said, as citizens showed their scars and told stories of being beaten by the police at peaceful protests.
By Emily WittJune 15, 2020
Our Local Correspondents
Protesting Past Curfew in New York City
In neighborhoods across Brooklyn and Manhattan, thousands of demonstrators stayed outside for as long as they could.
By Emily WittJune 4, 2020
Our Local Correspondents
A Weekend of Anger and Defiance Across New York City
The violence came in small flurries, then in pitched confrontations. As for social distancing: there was no social distancing.
By Emily WittMay 31, 2020
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