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What #MeToo Hasn’t Changed for Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford requested anonymity when she first wrote a letter to her congressional representative Anna Eshoo, and, later, to Senator Dianne Feinstein, of California, describing an incident at a party when she was in high school in which she claims that the Supreme Court nominee Brett …

Donald Trump

What to Do in New York City This Weekend

Our critics pick the best music, art, theatre, restaurants, and more.<p><i>These are our top picks for the weekend of September 21–23. For more event listings and reviews, check out Goings On About Town.</i><p>Art | Chelsea<p>Kathy Butterly<p>Two dozen furiously charming new ceramic sculptures at the <b>James Cohan</b> …

New York City

Dear Pepper: Co-Working-Space Conversation, Doing Long Distance, and Haircuts

<i>Dear Pepper is an advice-column comic by Liana Finck that comes out every other Thursday. If you have questions for Pepper about how to act in difficult situations, please direct them to dearpepperquestions@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for brevity and clarity.</i>

“Forever,” a Big-Hearted Satire Bolstered by the Brilliance of Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph can, with just a look, convey the sudden onset of total despair. In perhaps her most famous scene, in the movie “Bridesmaids,” her character, beset by food poisoning, defecates in the middle of the street while wearing a wedding dress, and her face settles into a blank mask of awful …

Rudolph

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The San Francisco Bookstore Where the Revolution Ends up

There is great benefit, these days, in having a name unlike any other: you float to the top of Google searches. Bolerium Books, in San Francisco, knows this well, although it wasn’t a consideration when it first opened, in 1981. Bolerium’s co-owner, John Durham, runs through any number of …

San Francisco

Blaze Foley’s Inevitable Sorrow and Spiritual Success

In 1994, Townes Van Zandt recorded a muscular, defiant song called “Blaze’s Blues.” It was a lament for his friend, the late folksinger Blaze Foley, who took a bullet to the gut in a driveway in Austin, Texas, in 1989. Van Zandt himself would be dead of heart failure just three years later. His …

Merrick Garland Admits to Cheating at Scrabble Once

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Saying that “it’s time to face the consequences of my actions,” Judge Merrick Garland admitted on Thursday that he cheated at Scrabble one time, in 2003.<p>Garland, who recently informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was “still available” to be confirmed as a …

Senate Judiciary Committee

The New Yorker Recommends

What do you want to do?<p>Admittedly, I am at the center of the demographic most likely to enjoy a memoir about having a passionate attachment to a female Victorian novelist, but “The Victorian and the Romantic,” a new book by the English writer Nell Stevens, about her same passionate attachment, …

What Would a Serious Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh Look Like?

During hearings earlier this month on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, asked him, “Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assaults of a …

Brett Kavanaugh

How to Tell When It’s Comedy

Comedy is defined as a form of entertainment that uses jokes or pratfalls to make an audience laugh [<i>fart noise</i>].<p>You know it’s comedy when at least three men are laughing and one man is nodding and giving a thumbs-up.<p>Any number of women laughing does not necessarily denote comedy. For all we know, …

Comedy

The Day the Economy (Almost) Died

Ten years ago, this week, the entire U.S. economy nearly died. It didn’t happen at the moment when Lehman Brothers loudly collapsed, on September 15, 2008. Nor on the day after, before the government and the Federal Reserve bailed out the insurance giant A.I.G., amid almost certainly accurate …

U.S. Economy

The Experimental High Notes of “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

I dislike the term “experimental film.” All films are experimental; no filmmaker really knows how a film is going to turn out. Movies that don’t have narratives shouldn’t be pigeonholed as “experimental”—i.e., works of science that merely study images and sounds—but rather understood as artistic …

After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside

The e-mails of the celebrated programmer Linus Torvalds land like thunderbolts from on high onto public lists, full of invective, insults, and demeaning language. “Please just kill yourself now. The world will be a better place,” he wrote in one. “Guys, this is not a dick-sucking contest,” he …

Linux Kernel

Where Will We Go Without Café Loup?

A couple of days ago, word started to spread: someone walking down Thirteenth Street near Sixth Avenue had discovered a “<i>SEIZED</i>” notice on the doors of Café Loup, the beloved bar-café that has quietly played host to generations of New Yorkers. The space has been dark ever since. On Wednesday …

Manhattan

Three Journeys

Anton Chekhov on the road.<p>In the winter of 1897, when the consumptive Anton Chekhov was living in Nice on doctor’s orders, he was asked by a Russian editor to write a story “on a subject taken from life abroad.” Chekhov declined, explaining, “I am able to write only from memory, I never write …

Weather

The Weight of Words

One of Russia’s most famous writers confronts the state.<p>About three-quarters of the way through Lyudmila Ulitskaya’s latest novel, “The Big Green Tent,” set in the Soviet Union after the Second World War, a character named Mikha stays up all night reading. In the morning, when he arrives at work …

Movable Types

How “War and Peace” works.<p>“Alive, and very much so,” Tolstoy’s diary entry for November 19, 1889, begins. That is how it feels to be caught up in the bright sweep of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”: alive, and very much so. It is to succumb to the contagion of vitality. As his characters infect each …

The Russian Professor

The author on tour.<p><i>In the fall of 1942, Vladimir Nabokov, unable to secure a teaching position at Wellesley College, where he had held a creative-writing post the previous year, embarked on a two-month lecture tour that had been arranged for him by the Institute of International Education. The tour</i> …

Under Siege

A beloved Soviet writer’s path to dissent.<p>In the terrible winter of 1938, just before the last of the Moscow show trials, the Soviet secret police arrested a woman named Olga Guber for having failed to denounce her anti-Soviet husband. It was an error. The husband she was to have denounced—the poet …

War

The Memory Keeper

The oral histories of Belarus’s new Nobel laureate.<p>“Please bring the lady one green tea,” went the request. “She has won the Nobel Prize.” Svetlana Alexievich, the sixty-seven-year-old winner of this year’s prize in literature, was at a table for ten in the front of a noisy restaurant in Berlin, …

Human Rights

We Now Know More About the Apparent Poisoning of the Pussy Riot Member Pyotr Verzilov

New details have emerged in the apparent poisoning of Russian activist Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the protest-art group Pussy Riot, and they may shed light on the deaths of three Russian journalists who were shot in the Central African Republic in July. Verzilov had apparently been working with …

Central African Republic

Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse

Eric Schneiderman has raised his profile as a voice against sexual misconduct. Now, after suing Harvey Weinstein, he faces a #MeToo reckoning of his own.<p><i>Update: Three hours after the publication of this story, Schneiderman resigned from his position. “While these allegations are unrelated to my</i> …

New York State

Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.<p>For more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America. As the chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Corporation, he oversees shows ranging from “60 …

Sexual Harassment

As Leslie Moonves Negotiates His Exit from CBS, Six Women Raise New Assault and Harassment Claims

<i>Update: Three hours after the publication of this story, CNN reported that Moonves would step down from his position at CBS. Later the same day, CBS announced that Moonves had left the company and would not receive any of his exit compensation, pending the results of the independent investigation</i> …

Sexual Harassment

A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress

On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation. The complaint came from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school, more …

Brett Kavanaugh

Jian Ghomeshi, John Hockenberry, and the Laws of Patriarchal Physics

The sexual-assault allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein were first reported in October, 2017, which means that we have now spent eleven months listening to the victims of such violence, most of them women. This is a deeply unusual situation in the context of human history, and, …

Jian Ghomeshi

“The Tale,” Reviewed: A Filmmaker’s Daring Excavation of Her Own Memories of Sexual Abuse

Jennifer Fox’s drama “The Tale” (which came out on HBO last Saturday) is a story in the vein of the #MeToo movement that is set nearly a decade before it became the focus of a global cultural reckoning. It’s the story of a forty-eight-year-old documentary filmmaker named Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern), …

Bill Cosby’s Crimes and the Impact of #MeToo on the American Legal System

The retrial of Bill Cosby, on charges of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, ended yesterday with a guilty verdict. Cosby has been convicted of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault: for penetration without consent, penetration while the victim was unconscious, and penetration …

Bill Cosby

What About “The Breakfast Club”?

Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.<p>Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than …

The Breakfast Club