Yishai Abrams

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What Your iPhone-Charging Location Says About You

Behind the counter of a bar where you didn’t buy a drink: you’re an asshole.<p>In an outlet near the floor when you’re wearing a short skirt: you’re proud of your butt, and you don’t care who knows it!<p>In an UberPool when the driver’s phone was already plugged in: you’re an asshole.<p>In someone else’s …

Highlights of My Trip to White America

The Unfathomable Joy of My Car’s Rearview Monitor

We were late to the technology, but we didn’t mind. We secretly judged our friends and family who had already incorporated it into their everyday lives. How frivolous, we thought. The old way was just fine. We were happy to twist our bodies around as we had been taught to do. What’s the big deal? …

Inside Wimbledon: What really goes on behind the scenes

<b>The Wimbledon championships are an epic production with a cast of thousands, from chief umpire to hawk wrangler. We go behind the (very busy) scenes</b><p>Wimbledon’s 15,000-seat Centre Court is serene and empty except for the 24-hour security guards protecting the most hallowed patch of grass in world …

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The 10 Best New Songs to Listen to in July

Tunes from HAIM and Broken Social Scene—plus a pretty premiere from Tristen.<p>July means summer is in full effect with beach parties, barbecues, endless road trips, popsicles, and hot, starry nights. These 10 songs will be the perfect soundtrack for all of the above—and a lot more. There is new music …

The Radical Origins of Christianity

Emmanuel Carrère’s “The Kingdom” explores how a tiny sect became a global religion.<p>Kierkegaard relates a chilling parable in “The Sickness Unto Death.” An emperor summons a poor day laborer. The man never dreamed that the emperor even knew of his existence. The emperor tells him that he wants to …

Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

JERUSALEM — The president of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbying group flew to Israel for an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while other Jewish leaders canceled a dinner with him. One prominent Jewish donor demanded a refund for the $1 million in …

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Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia

What “The Merchant of Venice” taught me about ethnic hatred and the literary imagination.<p>I attended university in a very different world from the one in which I now teach and live. For a start, Yale College, which I entered in 1961, was all male. Women were not matriculated until five years after I …

Great Again

We will be great again when we stop talking about being great again. Sheesh—obsessive much?<p>We can’t be truly great again until we realize that there are some parts of the pizza that should not be stuffed with cheese.<p>Many people find the “again” part of this weird. “Great again?” they ask. “What …

The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over

There’s a certain kind of personal essay that, for a long time, everybody seemed to hate. These essays were mostly written by women. They came off as unseemly, the writer’s judgment as flawed. They were <i>too</i> personal: the topics seemed insignificant, or else too important to be aired for an audience …

Why J. Crew’s Vision of Preppy America Failed

In 2012, Meghan O’Neill, a writer and comedian, started an online video-collage series called “J. Crew Crew.” Each video was made entirely with images taken from the J. Crew catalogue and followed the J. Crew Crew as it voyaged into a world of surreal intrigue and mystery. In one episode, a willowy …

The Brand-New Biggest Star in Boxing

A year and a half ago, the world got a new heavyweight boxing champion, when an unpredictable Englishman named Tyson Fury found a way to wrangle Wladimir Klitschko, the stalwart Ukrainian. Klitschko, along with his older brother, Vitali, had ruled the heavyweight division for over a decade—it was …

Able-Bodied Senior Who Watches TV All Day Receives Free Government Meals

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—An able-bodied senior citizen who refuses to do anything but watch television receives three free government meals every day, according to reports.<p>The senior, who has three piping-hot meals wheeled up to him each day, reportedly has no intention of working and …

Baby User Manual: 2017 Edition

So, you're thinking about having a baby (human child, aged zero to three)!<p>In order to insure your ability to safely own and operate this product, please acquaint yourself with the most up-to-date instructions.<p>When in doubt, always remember the three tenets of baby rearing:<p>Baby is boss.<p>What Baby …

The Science of Tipping

Have you ever stopped to wonder why you are such a bad tipper? Chances are that a lot of other people sure have. But you might find it reassuring to know that the science behind why, when, and how much we tip continues to baffle behavioral scientists, sociologists, psychologists, and other people …

Can We Fix Daylight-Saving Time for Good?

A clock does two things. It acts as a timer, marking how much time has gone by and indicating how much is left, and it gives you your position—that is, where, or when, you are at this very moment in the sea of minutes and hours. “What primarily the clock does,” Heidegger wrote, is “to determine the …

Twansient Thought

Like so many millions of my fellow-citizens, I have off and on during the day found myself oppressed and fearful about the latest or soon-to-arrive messages or afterthoughts from our President. Casting about in hopes of a lighter outlook, I have found some relief in thinking about my condition as …

A Marching Band at the March

An ad-hoc group of musicians plays morale-boosting spirituals and protest songs at rallies and demonstrations.<p>On a recent, bitterly cold Saturday, the 3 Million Majority Marching Band was assembling on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library, under the gaze of Patience, the …

Are Liberals on the Wrong Side of History?

Three new books interrogate the premises of the Enlightenment.<p>Of all the prejudices of pundits, presentism is the strongest. It is the assumption that what is happening now is going to keep on happening, without anything happening to stop it. If the West has broken down the Berlin Wall and …

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Alexander and the V Bad, FML Day

I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and woke up with gum in my hair, so I Googled “how to get gum out of hair” and found a video but it had a thirty-second pre-roll spot and that made me mad so I went to tweet about it but Twitter was down. FML.<p>At breakfast Anthony watched ESPN on his tablet and …

Observations from My Microwave, While It Spies on Me

“There was an article that week that talked about how you can surveil people through their phones, through their—certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, etc. We know that is just a fact of modern life.”<p>—Kellyanne Conway.<p>February …

How Educational Children’s Books Are Explaining President Trump

For a look at how Donald Trump’s tremendously abnormal Presidency might be normalized in the future, you could do worse than turning to educational children’s books about him. These already exist—if you include the kids’ Presidential encyclopedias with a new Trump section tacked on, there are …

Confessions of a Watch Geek

My year of getting deep into perlage, three-quarter plates, and micro-rotors.<p>At the start of 2016, I had a bad feeling. Time was not working right. Some weeks were as snappy as days, others were as elastic as months, and the months felt as if they were either bleeding into one another three at a …

Taking Stock of Hate Under Trump

Last week, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey—just across New York Harbor from Sunset Park, Brooklyn—voted to deny a variance to Muslim residents who wanted to convert a warehouse into a mosque. The hearing had been moved to Bayonne High School, to accommodate a large crowd, and wound up …

A Guide to Religious Anarchy: Gershom Scholem’s Kabbalah

When I was growing up, I saw my father letting the flame of his Jewish identity burn down as low as it could go without extinguishing altogether. He viewed all formal aspects of Judaism with bemused indifference, alternating with sarcastic hostility; practicing Jews, he said, were perfect examples …

The Legend of the S.S. Mendi

Aboard the South African warship Amatola, everyone has a role and a pair of words to describe it. The buffers make sure the vessel is “spick and span,” the engineers keep it “up and running,” and the communications team is its “eyes and ears.” On a bright summer morning in January, a few days …

Oscars 2017: Watch the trailers for all the Best Picture nominees

Nominees for this year’s Oscars were officially unveiled on Tuesday, and while <i>La La Land</i> is the morning’s frontrunner given its record-tying 14 …

The 2017 Oscar Nominations Don’t Matter

The year of 2016 in movies has thrust a few great films to the fore, and the recognition of their greatness has, for once, preceded the nominations and doesn’t depend on the Academy’s validation. Pretty much everyone knows that “Moonlight” is a major and enduring work of art, as is “Manchester by …

Listen to “Tiny Hands,” Fiona Apple’s Anti-Trump Protest Song

For two decades, Fiona Apple has proved herself immune to the tides of influence that sway many other artists of her stature. Pressure from her label, a pleading army of fans, the imperative to remain “relevant”—none of these earthbound concerns have roused Apple from her state of prolonged …

The Best New Yorker Videos of 2016

The legendary film editor Walter Murch made a case for the moving image as a sign of the times. “I think every age has a medium that talks to it more eloquently than the others,” he said in 2002. “In the nineteenth century, it was symphonic music and the novel. For various technical and artistic …