Naomi Fry
Naomi Fry became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 2018. Her writing on popular culture, books, and art has appeared in the Times Book Review, the Times Magazine, Artforum, and n+1, among other publications. She attended Tel Aviv University, holds a master’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins University, and has taught at New York University and the Rhode Island School of Design. She grew up in Israel, and now lives in Brooklyn.
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On TelevisionAugust 2, 2021 Issue
The Brilliant, Biting Social Satire of “The White Lotus”
Mike White’s HBO tragicomedy is one of the best shows of the year.
By Naomi Fry6:00 A.M.
Dept. of Returns
Masks On, Masks Off
I missed seeing people’s faces; I missed showing mine, too. I knew that, in the grand scheme of things, this was trivial, but it also, somehow, mattered.
By Naomi FryJuly 13, 2021
The PicturesJuly 12 & 19, 2021 Issue
A Retired Dominatrix Goes to Church
Julia Fox, the “Uncut Gems” star who appears in Steven Soderbergh’s “No Sudden Move” on HBO Max, visits Our Lady of Pompeii to discuss abuse, addiction, sex work, and starring opposite Adam Sandler despite having no acting experience.
By Naomi FryJuly 5, 2021
The Age of SpandexJune 21, 2021 Issue
Rose Byrne Channels Jane Fonda
From a café in Sydney, the Australian actress, who plays an aerobics guru on the Apple TV+ series “Physical,” discusses Vegemite, spandex, and her preference for Iyengar yoga.
By Naomi FryJune 12, 2021
The New Yorker Interview
Julian Casablancas Wants a Better New York
The singer led the city’s rock revival. As a supporter of the mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, he’s thinking much bigger.
By Naomi FryJune 11, 2021
On TelevisionMay 31, 2021 Issue
It’s Ryan Murphy’s World—“Halston” Is Just Living in It
In the Netflix series, Murphy keeps such a tight rein on Halston’s world that the designer is unable to breathe as a subject.
By Naomi FryMay 24, 2021
On TelevisionMay 17, 2021 Issue
Netflix’s Flat “The Circle”
On Season 2 of the reality show, a middle-aged author posing as a young waiter, a volleyballer playing herself, and a personal assistant pretending to be ’NSync’s Lance Bass all sound the same.
By Naomi FryMay 10, 2021
On Television
The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”
On the original show, which is now streaming for the first time on Disney+, bits of fabric and glue and yarn become complexly real.
By Naomi FryApril 17, 2021
Cultural Comment
The Squandered Promise of Chet Hanks’s White-Boy Summer
Perhaps, in the end, we weren’t nearly as ready for it as we might have wanted to be.
By Naomi FryApril 4, 2021
Dept. of Sous-ChefsApril 5, 2021 Issue
How Benny Blanco Cooks Up Good Vibes
The recording artist and producer who has worked with Rihanna and Kanye West co-wrote “Lonely,” the keening Justin Bieber ballad, but prefers to be an unserious oasis in a serious world.
By Naomi FryMarch 29, 2021
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