The Magazine
November 18, 2019
“Dressing for Fall,” by Birgit Schössow.
Personal History
The Final Frontier
I love Mr. Spock because he reminds me of you, I told my father. For the first time that night, I considered the possibility that he was going to survive it.
By Michael Chabon
Letter from Indiana
The New Front Line of the Anti-Abortion Movement
As rural health care flounders, crisis pregnancy centers are gaining ground.
By Eliza Griswold
Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?
She’s not a liberal icon like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but, through her powers of persuasion, she’s the key Justice holding back the Court’s rightward shift.
By Margaret Talbot
A Reporter at Large
The Case Against Boeing
Since Samya Stumo’s death in a 737 MAX crash, her parents and her great-uncle, Ralph Nader, have devoted themselves to proving that the company put profit over safety.
By Alec MacGillis
More Reporting
The Critics
The Current Cinema
Boys Will Be Boys in “Ford v Ferrari”
James Mangold’s strongest film yet, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, feels like a character study strapped into an action flick.
By Anthony Lane
A Critic at Large
From Little Englanders to Brexiteers
How Britain’s imperial decline led to today’s populist eruption, and to a crisis that may never fully be resolved.
By Isaac Chotiner
Briefly Noted Book Reviews
“The Lost Art of Scripture,” “Shadow Network,” “The Revisioners,” and “The Book of Daniel.”
The Theatre
The Legend of Tina Turner
Turner lives in the popular imagination as an icon of resilience; a new Broadway musical attempts to reunify the singer and her work.
By Vinson Cunningham
Musical Events
Sorrowful Songs at the White Light Festival
Julia Bullock and Christian Gerhaher bare the heart of Schumann and Mahler.
By Alex Ross
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Amy Davidson Sorkin on the fight over Trump’s immunity; a Maasai warrior among Deadheads; breakups on loop; the diary of a caftan; Dax Shepard, museumgoer.
Trump’s Frantic Fight for Immunity
As public impeachment hearings begin, Trump’s Presidency is still defined by his belief that he cannot be held to account.
By Amy Davidson Sorkin
Visiting Dignitaries
A Maasai Warrior Among the Deadheads
Kip Ole Polos travelled from Kenya to New York to raise money for wildlife conservation, with stops at the Yale Club and Madison Square Garden, where John Mayer stood in for Jerry Garcia.
By Nick Paumgarten
The Boards
Wrangling Men for Alia Shawkat
In a daylong theatrical marathon at bam, the “Arrested Development” star acted out a single spat—with a hundred different men.
By Alex Barasch
Dept. of Hemlines
Adventures of a Caftan-Curious Man
Chris Pine wore one on vacation in Capri, but would a modified muumuu make it past the dress code at the 21 Club?
By Henry Alford
Listening Dept.
Dax Shepard, Anthropology Major
On his podcast, “Armchair Expert,” the actor unpacks the slippery chaos of human behavior.
By Amanda Petrusich
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
On the First-World Campaign Trail
Shouts & Murmurs by Larry David: When I’m President, there will be a much greater emphasis on gluten. That’s a promise.
By Larry David
More Shouts & Murmurs
“The Trip”
“He didn’t think it was fear. He told her what he thought it was. Ignorance leads to fear, she said.”
By Weike Wang
More Fiction
“Love and Dread”
“A desiccated daffodil. / A pigeon cooing on the sill.”
By Rachel Hadas
“Last night we ended up on the couch / trying to remember / all of the friends who had died so far.”
By Billy Collins
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
The High-Drama Flamenco of Soledad Barrio
At the Joyce, the dancer and her company, Noche Flamenca, perform with deep focus and raw energy—and without dry ice or multiple costume changes.
Tables for Two
Nami Nori’s Hand Rolls Are Worth the Wait
At a new West Village restaurant from former Masa chefs, patience is rewarded with toro, calamari, and exceptionally efficient service.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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