The Magazine
September 23, 2019
“Our Sunday-Morning Outings,” by J.J. Sempé.
The Political Scene
The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida
Immigration, taxes, and health care matter, but a foreign-policy issue has taken center stage.
By Jonathan Blitzer
Letter from South Dakota
Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?
The world’s largest monument is decades in the making and more than a little controversial.
By Brooke Jarvis
A Reporter at Large
Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save the World
His strategies for a more equitable, sustainable future range from practical and humanitarian to fanciful and abstract.
By Ben Taub
Constance Wu’s Hollywood Destiny
Coming late to celebrity, the star has felt the burden of representing all Asian-Americans.
By Jiayang Fan
More Reporting
The Critics
Susan Sontag and the Unholy Practice of Biography
A new book is as unillusioned about the writer as she was about herself.
By Janet Malcolm
Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture
In his memoir, he chronicles his life game by game, from Nintendo to the N.S.A.
By Jill Lepore
Briefly Noted Book Reviews
“Last Witnesses,” “Fashionopolis,” “Night Boat to Tangier,” and “Dominicana.”
A Critic at Large
Roy DeCarava’s Poetics of Blackness
The artist explored the ways in which race can define a person’s style and essence, and made clear how poorly the color black had been used in American photography before he came along.
By Hilton Als
The Art World
The Amy Sherald Effect
In the painter’s realism, race applies as a condition and a cause for resetting the mainstream of Western art.
By Peter Schjeldahl
On Television
“Our Boys” and the Economics of Empathy
The galvanic new series, set in Israel, emphasizes how easily dehumanizing rhetoric can sway vulnerable minds, a theme that should feel uncomfortably relevant to American viewers.
By Emily Nussbaum
The Current Cinema
“Ad Astra” Will Leave You Awed, Confused, and Sad
The director James Gray’s most formidable paradox to date is a work of calculated grandeur and beauty. But there’s something small at the movie’s core.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Amy Davidson Sorkin on Democrats’ trust exercise; Murdoch’s broken succession; Sean Spicer boogies; making music with the Yorns; party like it’s 1929.
The Democrats’ Trust Exercise
Last week’s debate was largely about how radical, or just how ambitious, the Party and its candidates are prepared to be.
By Amy Davidson Sorkin
Dept. of Dynasties
No, James Murdoch Doesn’t Watch “Succession”
After leaving the family empire, Rupert Murdoch’s son is investing in comics, championing Pete Buttigieg, and fighting threats to democracy that sound an awful lot like Fox News.
By Jane Mayer
Dept. of Moves
Dancing with Sean Spicer
Trump’s former press secretary, after a teaching stint at Harvard, works on his shimmies and chest pops for his début on “Dancing with the Stars.”
By Antonia Hitchens
Brotherhood Dept.
Rick and Pete Yorn Revisit the Mix-Tape Era
Rick, a Hollywood manager whose clients include Leonardo DiCaprio, and Pete, who just released a new album, “Caretakers,” chat about the Van Halen, R.E.M., and Madonna singles of their youth.
By John Seabrook
Notes from the Jazz Age Lawn Party
Thousands of flappers—and at least one man in a First World War officer’s uniform—descended on Governors Island for this year’s Prohibition Era-inspired event.
By Joana Avillez and Rachel Syme
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Going to the Restaurant
Shouts & Murmurs by Jenny Slate: Tonight I will eat a burned-up bird and drink liquefied old grapes. I’m so excited that I put skin-colored paint on my face and pasty red pigment on my lips.
By Jenny Slate
More Shouts & Murmurs
“Wide Spot”
“You never know what’s next, and that is why I can say with all honesty that I am not a depressed person.”
By Thomas McGuane
More Fiction
“Before Winter”
“You must know that this is a preamble to an epiphany I will record.”
By Kwame Dawes
“First Person”
A poet’s “I” is not herself.
By Eliza Griswold
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Classical Music
Sportin’ Life Embodies the Split Genre of “Porgy and Bess”
The American tenor Frederick Ballentine slips into the role for the Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening production of George Gershwin’s jazz-tinged opera.
Tables for Two
At the Rebooted Pastis, Stick with the Classics
Keith McNally’s meatpacking-district destination once had a sexy edge, but now it seems merely to blend in.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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