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Putin, a Little Man Still Trying to Prove His Bigness

I bumped into Vladimir Putin in Chile, in 2004, when we were both in Santiago for the annual conference of leaders from twenty-one nations on both sides of the Pacific. Putin was strutting across the hotel lobby in that distinctly quick duck-footed waddle that twists his upper torso and makes him …


The “Tidal Basin Bombshell” Test: When Will Trump Be Too Much for the G.O.P.?

It has always been difficult, in Washington, D.C., to gauge what the effect of a sex scandal will be. At around 2 <i>A.M.</i> on October 7th, 1974, the police spotted a Lincoln Continental driving past the Washington Monument at high speed and without headlights. When they finally stopped the car, at the …

Karen McDougal

Agnès Varda’s Lost Sci-Fi Romance, “Les Créatures”

There’s a retrospective of the actor Michel Piccoli taking place at Film Forum right now, and another, of the director Agnès Varda, that will alight at Museum of the Moving Image this weekend, but the movie in which the twain first met is nowhere to be seen in either. Varda’s “Les Créatures,” the …

Science Fiction

Swept Away By a Dark Current: The Plays of Eugene O’Neill

In seventh grade, my English teacher, Mr. Grubbs, suggested that I audition for a local revival of “Take Me Along,” the 1959 musical adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!” He recommended that I read the original, so I checked the book out of the school library—a small hardcover with a …


Copey: The Eighth Dwarf Who Just Deals With It

Zimbabwe’s Powerful Music of Struggle

In April of 1980, when Bob Marley arrived to headline the independence celebrations that would see Rhodesia become Zimbabwe, his song “Zimbabwe,” the centerpiece of the “Survival” album, was the most popular foreign song in the country. Marley, whose religion of Rastafarianism had long preached …


Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, March 20th

Political Cartoons

Election Day in Pro-Russia Crimea

A few days before Sunday’s election in Russia, I travelled to Crimea, crossing the border from the Ukrainian mainland and drove to Sevastopol, a famed port city and the home of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol suffered heavy losses during the Soviet campaign in the Second World War, …


In New Hampshire, Trump Talks Past the Opioid Problem

The citizens of New Hampshire have lived with their opioid crisis for so long that the language of recovery has permeated politics in the state, among both Republicans and Democrats. On Monday, about an hour before the President delivered a speech in Manchester revealing his Administration’s policy …

New Hampshire

Delete These iPhone Apps and Return to a Simpler Way of Life

<i>This year, I vowed to live a life less basic, by getting back to the basics. I’m making every effort to use my iPhone for only its essential purpose—and you should, too. Here’s how:</i><p><b>Delete Facebook and Twitter</b><br>I’ve read that the creators of these social-media platforms don’t even allow their own …


Tommy Orange Reads “The State”

Tommy Orange reads his story “The State,” from the March 26, 2018, issue of the magazine. Orange is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Orange will publish his first novel, “There There,” from which this story was adapted, in June. This is his first piece of …


Why Congress Must Act Now to Protect Robert Mueller

The United States may be on the brink of a constitutional crisis. After three days of Presidential attacks on the investigation being carried out by the special counsel Robert Mueller, it seems clear—despite a public assurance from one of Donald Trump’s lawyers that the President isn’t currently …

Donald Trump

Armando Iannucci on “The Death of Stalin”

As the fourth season of “Veep” came to an end, the director Armando Iannucci turned from chronicling the foibles of cynical Western democracy to something darker still: life under a dictatorship. He found his source material in the French graphic novel “The Death of Stalin.” David Remnick compares …

Armando Iannucci

A Revelatory Case

The Genial Voyeurism of the Japanese Reality Show “Terrace House”

I was lured into “Terrace House” by rumors of its unusual tranquillity. The series, which originated on Japan’s Fuji TV, in 2012, and is now co-produced by Fuji and Netflix, is a reality show marked by the absence of showiness. The episodes, calm as Quaker meetings, drift along at a naturalistic …

Reality TV

A Daughter’s View of Arthur Miller

“Arthur Miller: Writer,” a new HBO documentary about the playwright’s life and work, was produced and directed by Miller’s daughter Rebecca, who collected footage for it for over twenty years. Often, she was able to shoot from intimate or rarified vantages: her father carving a freshly roasted …


Other People’s Bookshelves

The Classics Scholar Redefining What Twitter Can Do

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, when McDonald’s flipped its arches and Vladimir Putin expressed “our enchantment” with women’s “beauty and tenderness,” Emily Wilson, the classics scholar and translator of Homer, spent part of the day on Twitter. In sentences whose measured clauses stood …


Is It Too Late for a Rivalry Between Roger Federer and Juan Martín del Potro?

Tennis, like every sport, has its what-ifs, and there is no bigger one in the men’s game in this century than: What if Juan Martín del Potro’s career had not been marred by injury after injury? Or, put it this way: If his left wrist, critical to a right-hander’s two-handed backhand, had not …


Daily Cartoon: Monday, March 19th

Neil Gaiman Reanimates the Norse Myths—and Loki, Once Again, Is the Most Alluring Character

The gods and goddesses of Olympus are still alive, clomping through our literature, art, and movies. (On the street today, I saw a truck with Hermes on its side—he was gripping a bouquet of flowers, about to convey them to a client of Florists’ Transworld Delivery.) One cannot declare with the same …


In the Russian Election, Voters Had Nothing But Bad Options

The lazy imagination conjures totalitarianism as a regime in which citizens have no options. But the particular hell of Vladimir Putin’s retro-totalitarianism is different: it is a regime in which choice is possible and necessary, but only between soul-deadening options. On March 18th, for example, …


The Students Who Fought for Change

Credits<p>From the United States to Iran, students led social movements that are changing the course of history.

Social Movements


<i>Audio:</i> Read by the author.<p>In another life, he was Caesar’s pet, perhaps a gift from Cleopatra<br>When she returned to Rome   Her hair salty and sapphired<br>From bathing, the winged kohl around her eyes smudged<i><br>From heat.   In another life, he was from Somalia</i><i><br>Where he spent hours watching clouds</i><br>In shapes of …

Ancient History

When Your Shoes are Made of Wood Pulp

Allbirds, which has sold more than a million pairs of woolly sneakers, embraces eucalyptus.<p>Tim Brown, a World Cup soccer player from Wellington, New Zealand, and Joey Zwillinger, the head of an eco-friendly algae-chemical company, met through their wives a while back, and, observing a trend toward …

San Francisco

Meditation on Beauty

<i>Audio:</i> Read by the author.<p>There are days I think beauty has been exhausted<br>but then I read about the New York subway cars that,<p>dumped into the ocean, have become synthetic reefs.<br>Coral gilds the stanchions, feathered with dim Atlantic light.<p>Fish glisten, darting from a window into the sea grass<br>that …


Sheila Hicks Takes the Pompidou

The eighty-three-year-old Nebraska-born Parisian fills the museum with bales and balls of her fibre art.<p>“At eighty-three years old, Sheila Hicks, born in the summer of 1934, in Hastings, Nebraska, is the artist that everyone is fighting over,” the French newspaper <i>Le Figaro</i> wrote recently, listing …


“Angels in America” Rises Again

Marianne Elliott wrestles with a notoriously difficult play, and with Tony Kushner.<p>Onstage at the Neil Simon Theatre one recent afternoon, Andrew Garfield was wrestling with an angel. The thirty-four-year-old movie star was in white pajamas; the Angel, played by the British actress Amanda Lawrence, …

Canadian Literature

The Right Way to Remember Rachel Carson

Not until the end of her life did she write the work for which she is now known. Before then, she had always thought of herself as a poet of the sea.<p>The house, on an island in Maine, perches on a rock at the edge of the sea like the aerie of an eagle. Below the white-railed back porch, the …


Why Jewish History Is So Hard to Write

New books by Simon Schama and Martin Goodman present very different approaches to their subject.<p>“Can there be a history of a slave?” When Isaak Markus Jost asked this question, in the introduction to his “General History of the Israelite People,” published in 1832, it was by no means clear that …