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How Children Change the Way We See

To be five years old is to be surprised by life. I’m amused by my children’s awe at quotidian things—a toy helicopter, a bubble bath, the visible tentacles on a plate of calamari. And I’m envious of their ability to attain something I often can’t: a state of transcendence induced by art. That might …

Parenting

The Strange and Gruesome Story of the Greenland Shark, the Longest-Living Vertebrate on Earth

Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance. Many live with worm-like …

Biology

Swimming with One of the World’s Oldest Sharks

Scientists estimate that one sixteen-foot-long Greenland shark has been alive for as long as five hundred and twelve years.

Swimming

How December Could Make or Break the Trump Presidency

Donald Trump is unique among modern Presidents in that he has no significant legislative accomplishments to show for ten months after taking office. Year one is when Presidents usually make their mark, especially if they came into office with unified control of the government, as Trump and his …

Ryan Lizza

Bruce Springsteen Talks with David Remnick

In October, 2016, Bruce Springsteen appeared at The New Yorker Festival for an intimate conversation with David Remnick. (The event sold out in six seconds.) This entire episode is dedicated to that conversation.<p>Bruce Springsteen Talks with David Remnick<p>In an intimate conversation, Bruce …

Bruce Springsteen

A (Not So) Lovely Day Out

A Neuroscientist’s Diary of a Concussion

One evening in April, driving home from a university function, I was stopped in freeway traffic caused by roadworks somewhere up ahead when I felt a massive jolt. The back of my head hit the headrest, then my head lurched forward and I felt something hit the inside of my forehead with a squishy …

The Brain

The Male Screenwriter’s Guide to Love Stories

Everyone knows it’s hard for men to make it as screenwriters in today’s Hollywood. Over the last twenty years, the percentage of studio movies written by women has exploded from eleven per cent to almost thirteen per cent. With the deck so stacked against us, it’s more important than ever to show …

Michael Fassbender

Daily Cartoon: Friday, November 24th

Cartoons

At Berkeley, a New Generation of “Ethical Hackers” Learns to Wage Cyberwar

“Whenever I teach a security class, it happens that there is something going on in the news cycle that ties into it,” Doug Tygar, a computer-science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told me recently. Pedagogically speaking, this has been an especially fruitful year. So far in …

Security

“Call Me by Your Name”: An Erotic Triumph

Luca Guadagnino’s latest film is emotionally acute and overwhelmingly sensual.<p>The new film by Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name,” begins in the summer of 1983, in a place so enchanted, with its bright green gardens, that it belongs in a fairy tale. The location, the opening credits tell us, is …

Northern Italy

The All-Weather Cheer of Dromedary, an “Urban Tiki” Bar - The New Yorker

Irish Rep Brings James Joyce’s “The Dead” to Life - The New Yorker

James Joyce

On Amtrak, Gabriel Kahane Listens to America - The New Yorker

United States

The Mad Mashups of Ferris - The New Yorker

Angel Olsen’s Ambling Folk - The New Yorker

Ivanka Trump’s Guide to Holiday Decorations and Gifts

“Have no idea how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Problem solved,” read the tweet from Ivanka Trump HQ. But the link to what her website described as a “bold and unexpected Thanksgiving tablescape” looked more like a problem created: a giant clamshell filled with little grey pumpkins, moss, …

Christmas

Thanksgiving: How Will You Keep the Peace?

The Ancestral Burden of Being a Detroit Lions Fan

The other day, in the park, my son was sporting his little Detroit Lions winter hat with a pompom on it when a man wearing a Jets jersey turned to me, nodded at my boy, and said, “Lions, huh? Poor kid. My dad did the same thing to me with the Jets: got me hooked early on a losing team.” I laughed …

Detroit Lions

Daily Cartoon: Thursday, November 23rd

Cartoons

A Russian Journalist Explains How the Kremlin Instructed Him to Cover the 2016 Election

On a recent Saturday in November, Dimitri Skorobutov, a former editor at Russia’s largest state media company, sat in a bar in Maastricht, a college town in the Netherlands, with journalists from around the world and discussed covering Donald Trump. Skorobutov opened a packet of documents and …

Russia

Not In My Name Dept.

How Zimbabwe Freed Itself of Robert Mugabe

Thirty-seven years after he brought independence to the last outpost of the British Empire in Africa, Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is no more. Mugabe’s resignation, announced in Harare on Tuesday, ushers in a new era for his country, and his continent. At ninety-three, Mugabe was the last of …

Africa

Remembering When America Found Refuge in David Cassidy’s Tousled Hair

David Cassidy, a singer and star of “The Partridge Family”—a sitcom about a widowed mother and her unusually musical children, whom she drove around the country in a painted school bus—died, on Tuesday, of liver failure, in a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was sixty-seven. For many years, …

David Cassidy

The Euphoria of Watching Peru Qualify for the World Cup for the First Time In Thirty-Five Years

June, 1986, was a month of wonder, a month of falling in love. I was nine years old. By then, my family had been living for six years in Birmingham, Alabama, where being from Peru and speaking Spanish made us a somewhat exotic species of suburban Americans. That summer, our local cable company …

FIFA

Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Remake Is a Panorama of Anguish, Ambition, and Identity

When I interviewed Spike Lee in 2014, in his Fort Greene studio, his first words to me as we shook hands were, “When was the last time you were in Brooklyn?” (I had been to <i>BAM</i> about a month earlier.) Lee is a filmmaker of place; his movies have ranged wide, from Chicago to Italy, but he keeps …

Akira Kurosawa

The Thanksgiving Line

News DeskHow Zimbabwe Freed Itself of Robert Mugabe<p>An unprecedented combination of military force, street protests, procedural ploys, and backroom maneuvering finally pushed out the world’s longest-serving dictator.<p>By Petina Gappah<p>Nov. 23, 2017<p>PostscriptRemembering When America Found Refuge in …

What We’re Listening To This Week

A Kurt and Courtney for the twenty-first century, new B-sides and remixes from Tame Impala, and a young indie trio based in the Poconos.<p>Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, “Lotta Sea Lice”<p>View more<p>A friend once told me he thought that he’d be happier if he lived in Australia, because of Courtney …

LaVar Ball Drives Trump to All-Caps Twitter Rage

Perhaps feeling a rush of power from pardoning a turkey, or else bloodthirsty from having been compelled to spare it, the President of the United States turned into a comic-book supervillain on Wednesday morning. Taking up his ongoing feud with LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, one of three …

LaVar Ball

American Foods to Be Thankful For: The Parable of the Non-Kosher Turkey

Each Thanksgiving, my family travels to Westchester, out to the sprawling exurbs where John Cheever’s characters held their fabulous, wanton cocktail parties. We go to my cousin Ellie’s house, and we always schlep along our own kosher turkey from the New Jersey suburbs.<p>Ellie is in her eighties—no …

Thanksgiving