Debra Luraas

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The Amazing Tale of the Cherry Pit from Space

Everyone loves a mystery, and if it comes from outer space so much the better. It’s no wonder, therefore, that stories have been popping up everywhere over the past few days about a cherry tree that has at least some scientists flummoxed. On April 1st, the tree burst into flower on the grounds of a …

The Happiness App

On a sunny morning, Ofer Leidner, a co-creator of an app called Happify, sat in a meeting room at the Fueled Collective, in SoHo, where about half of Happify’s staff works in a corner of a large, open-plan space, among some twenty other startup teams. The rest of Happify, the people who build the …

Six Pairs of Reading Glasses

I was recently the beneficiary—though I felt temporarily like the victim—of a “random act of kindness.” I was standing in line at a store in my neighborhood where every item costs a dollar or less. I had six pairs of reading glasses in my hand.<p>We’re constantly reminded, often by politicians bent on …

Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

Gabriel García Márquez, the winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, died on Thursday, at the age of eighty-seven. <i>The New Yorker</i> was lucky enough to publish a number of his short stories, starting with “The Sea of Lost Time,” in 1974. In 1999, Jon Lee Anderson wrote a Profile of the novelist, …

Little Lies the Internet Told Me

Everyone knows about the big Internet scams: the e-mails advertising diet pills, the proposed Nigerian bank transfers. But we tend to overlook the milder forms of truth-stretching that have come to shape online living, and it’s hard not to. They’re often perpetuated by big and reputable companies, …

Gabriel García Márquez: An Appreciation

At the beginning of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Macondo’s patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, wants to move the idyllic yet isolated community he founded to another, more accessible location. And, since no one else wants to go with him, he decides that he and his wife, Úrsula, and their son …

The Secrets of Godzilla

My artistic career was ended by Godzilla—as a child monster-movie maniac, I stopped attending painting classes when the long-awaited film (the American version, of course, starring Raymond Burr) showed up on Saturday-morning television. So I take the weeklong run of the Burr-free 1954 …

Portfolio: Sailing New York City

This week’s Journeys Issue of the magazine got the photo department thinking about all of the strange ways in which people travel around New York. Ben Zucker, a photographer from upstate New York and an avid sailor since childhood, moors a small sailboat at the City Island docks, in the Bronx, …

Richard Avedon’s Gabriel García Márquez

Richard Avedon had long wanted to make a portrait of Gabriel García Márquez. He first photographed the writer on a rainy day in 1976, but he felt that the portrait was a failure. In 1999, he wrote a letter to Jon Lee Anderson, whose Profile of García Márquez had just appeared in <i>The New Yorker</i>, …