Rebecca Mead
Rebecca Mead joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1997. She has profiled many subjects, among them Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margaret Atwood, Ivo van Hove, Joanna Hogg, and Mary Beard, and has written more than two hundred Talk of the Town stories. She is the author of “One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding” and “My Life in Middlemarch.” She lives in London and is a frequent contributor to the Letter from the U.K. column at
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ProfilesSeptember 27, 2021 Issue
Harris Reed’s Gender-Fluid Fashion
The British-American designer is helping such celebrities as Harry Styles and Solange play with stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.
By Rebecca MeadSeptember 20, 2021
ProfilesAugust 30, 2021 Issue
The Real C.E.O. of “Succession”
How the writer Jesse Armstrong keeps the billionaire Roy family trapped in its gilded cage.
By Rebecca MeadAugust 23, 2021
Onward and Upward with the ArtsJuly 5, 2021 Issue
Where Did That Cockatoo Come From?
Birds native to Australasia are being found in Renaissance paintings—and in medieval manuscripts. Their presence exposes the depth of ancient trade routes.
By Rebecca MeadJune 28, 2021
The Ancient WorldJune 14, 2021 Issue
How Nasty Was Nero, Really?
The notorious emperor appears to have been the subject of a smear campaign.
By Rebecca MeadJune 7, 2021
Photo Booth
Silver Linings
The pandemic obliged—or enabled—many women to go gray. They’re still reckoning with the transformation.
By Rebecca MeadPhotography by Elinor CarucciJune 4, 2021
Letter from the U.K.
Great Britain Needs a Vacation
A nation of devoted international travellers has been bottled up by the coronavirus.
By Rebecca MeadMay 26, 2021
Letter from EnglandMay 24, 2021 Issue
The Mysterious Origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant
On a hillside ages ago, people inscribed a naked man with a twenty-six-foot-long erect penis. Why did they do it?
By Rebecca MeadMay 12, 2021
Infrastructure Dept.April 26 & May 3, 2021 Issue
A New Sky Garden for London
Like New York’s version, the Camden Highline will be designed by James Corner, occupy a former rail track, and attract selfie-taking tourists. Unlike New York’s, it may not invite a boom of luxury condos.
By Rebecca MeadApril 19, 2021
Daily Comment
The Passing of Prince Philip
What must he have thought when he reflected upon the accomplishments and the travails of the family and institution of which he was long the patriarch, if not ever the head?
By Rebecca MeadApril 9, 2021
Letter from the U.K.
Flowers for Sarah Everard
In the aftermath of a horrific kidnapping and murder, the U.K. reckons with the omnipresence of misogyny.
By Rebecca MeadMarch 15, 2021
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