Margaret Talbot
Margaret Talbot joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2004. Previously, she was a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and, from 1995 to 1999, an editor at The New Republic. Her stories, covering legal issues, social policy, and popular culture, have appeared, in addition to in the Times Magazine and The New Republic, in The Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic, and the Times Book Review. She was one of the founding editors of Lingua Franca and was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. In 1999, she received a Whiting Writer’s Award. She is the author of “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century,” about Lyle Talbot, her father. She also wrote, with David Talbot, “By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution.”
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Daily Comment
The Increasingly Wild World of School-Board Meetings
At one event, riled-up conservatives got so out of hand that the board chair halted the proceedings while the police cleared the room.
By Margaret TalbotOctober 8, 2021
CommentSeptember 27, 2021 Issue
The Supreme Court and the Future of Roe v. Wade
Abortion rights may hinge on a case involving a Mississippi law—and the errors of fact and judgment in the state’s brief are staggering.
By Margaret TalbotSeptember 19, 2021
BooksSeptember 20, 2021 Issue
How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars
The all-too-human plaintiff of Roe v. Wade captured the messy contradictions hidden by a polarizing debate.
By Margaret TalbotSeptember 13, 2021
Photo Booth
What Gilles Peress Saw on 9/11
The Magnum photographer looks back on capturing an “inconceivable event.”
By Margaret TalbotSeptember 9, 2021
Culture Desk
Karen Black’s Lost Music
The artist’s newly released recordings often sound like those your big sister made, sitting cross-legged on her canopy bed, before she ran off to Haight-Ashbury.
By Margaret TalbotAugust 11, 2021
Under Review
The New Deal Program That Rewrote America
In the thirties, the government paid unemployed writers, artists, and journalists to produce a series of guidebooks for the country. What story did they tell?
By Margaret TalbotAugust 5, 2021
BooksJuly 26, 2021 Issue
The Radical Women Who Paved the Way for Free Speech and Free Love
Anthony Comstock’s crusade against vice constrained the lives of ordinary Americans. His antagonists opened up history for feminists and other activists.
By Margaret TalbotJuly 19, 2021
Podcast Dept.July 5, 2021 Issue
The Secret Hollywood of “You Must Remember This”
We tend to get sentimental about the movies. For seven years, Karina Longworth has deconstructed the industry’s myths without losing sight of its magic.
By Margaret TalbotJune 28, 2021
Annals of ReligionJune 28, 2021 Issue
The Women Who Want to Be Priests
They feel drawn by God to the calling—and won’t let the Vatican stop them.
By Margaret TalbotJune 21, 2021
BooksApril 26 & May 3, 2021 Issue
Did Home Economics Empower Women?
For pioneers of the field, it was a gateway to the male-dominated world of science; for those it purported to help, it could be yet another domestic trap.
By Margaret TalbotApril 19, 2021
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