The Magazine
March 29, 2021
“House Style,” by Reyna Noriega.
American Chronicles
How Politics Tested Ravelry and the Crafting Community
The Facebook of knitting and crocheting was a rare online haven. Then came the Pussyhat, Deplorable Knitter, and more.
By Carrie Battan
On and Off the Avenue
Is the Pandemic Breaking Our Backs?
Test-driving a batch of posture-enhancing devices that are supposed to make you stand tall.
By Patricia Marx
The World of Television
HGTV Is Getting a Renovation
In the streaming era, does the network need to be more than wallpaper?
By Ian Parker
Annals of Fashion
Ann Lowe’s Barrier-Breaking Mid-Century Couture
How a Black designer made her way among the white élite.
By Judith Thurman
More Reporting
The Critics
The Secrets Philip Roth Didn’t Keep
Roth revealed himself to his biographer as he once revealed himself on the page, reckoning with both the pure and the perverse.
By David Remnick
Briefly Noted
“New Yorkers,” “Speak, Okinawa,” “The Rain Heron,” and “Poetics of Work.”
What Data Can’t Do
When it comes to people—and policy—numbers are both powerful and perilous.
By Hannah Fry
A Critic at Large
When Constitutions Took Over the World
Starting in the eighteenth century, citizens were promised their rights in print. Was this new age spurred by the ideals of the Enlightenment or by the imperatives of global warfare?
By Jill Lepore
Podcast Dept.
Puzzling Through Our Eternal Quest for Wellness
In “POOG,” two comics explore the perils—and the absurd pleasures—of a trillion-dollar industry.
By Rachel Syme
Pop Music
Pharoah Sanders Takes on Electronic Music
“Promises,” recorded with the d.j. Sam Shepherd, showcases both artists’ strengths—a rare feat for such an intergenerational collaboration.
By Hua Hsu
On Television
The Haredi Jewish Family of “Shtisel” Returns for a Third Season
The runaway-hit series from Israel delivers pleasures similar to those of an expansive nineteenth-century novel.
By Alexandra Schwartz
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Jelani Cobb on Georgia’s fight over voting rights; curating family photographs; solidarity at Amazon; records are for playing; N.Y.C.-parking hardball.
The High Cost of Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Bills
Racist policies are bad for business, as the state’s own history can attest.
By Jelani Cobb
Brave New World
How a Personal-Photo Curator Separates the Is-This-a-Rash Selfies from the Keepers
A family of four generates five thousand photos a year. Isabelle Dervaux, a professional photo organizer, makes it manageable: “I’m looking for what Roland Barthes called a ‘punctum.’ ”
By Lauren Collins
Alabama Postcard
On the Overnight Shift with the Amazon Union Organizers
At around 4 A.M., two veteran union reps whipped votes outside the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, and swapped stories of past organizing efforts at Piggly Wigglys and a condom factory in Eufaula.
By Charles Bethea
Chronicling Rock and Roll’s Neglected Stories
Miriam Linna, who recently published a five-pound book on the history of Fortune Records, keeps her apartment teeming with jukeboxes, magazines, and records made more for love than money.
By Nick Paumgarten
Pandemic Parking as Blood Sport
Would you trade your COVID-19 vaccine for a parking spot?
By Greg Clarke
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Things Fully Vaccinated People Are Still Not Allowed to Do
Just because you got your shots doesn’t mean that it’s O.K. to hog the airplane armrests or eat the French fries off of your friend’s plate.
By Eli Grober
More Shouts & Murmurs
“Let’s take off all their personal protective equipment.”
“Future Selves”
“The process was an act of imaginary acrobatics, trying to launch ourselves forward with only a guess of where we wanted to land.”
By Ayşegül Savaş
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Monday, March 22, 2021
A challenging puzzle.
By Patrick Berry
“Dirt and Light”
“You never speak to me, / I thought, not even in dreams.”
By Aria Aber
“At Mt. Auburn Cemetery”
“Walking among the graves for exercise / Where do you get your ideas how do I stop them.”
By Robert Pinsky
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Night Life
Serpentwithfeet Warps the Dimensions of Soul
With his new album, “DEACON,” the experimental musician dares to make gospel pop.
Tables for Two
Bringing Peter Luger Home
The Brooklyn restaurant’s iconic wedge salad, dry-aged porterhouse, and beautiful burger pack up surprisingly well.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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