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My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation

"Students’ reliance on screens for communication is detracting—and distracting—from their engagement in real-time talk."<p>Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their …

I Want to Study Journalism, But Everyone Is Telling Me 'No.' Should I Be Worried?

I have always been a fan of the quote, "Choose a job you love and never work a day in your life," and I want to, but it seems like everyone I meet is against the idea of me studying journalism. I understand that there is a shift in newspapers to everything going digital, but there is nothing like …

The Thirteen Most-Read New Yorker Magazine Stories of 2013

Here are the thirteen most-read <i>New Yorker</i> magazine features of 2013, arranged in chronological order. Apparently, our readers like problems and solutions. They like to read about people who are mysterious and those who are ubiquitous. They like both politics and pickpockets. Mostly, though, as with …

Donald Trump Licked My Flesh, Part 1

A trip to the U.S. Open and a stay at the Waldorf Astoria. What could go wrong? (Everything. Everything could go wrong.)<p>I should have seen it coming. …

The Unfortunate Tale of T-Mac

Tracy McGrady was a superstar who always seemed to find himself on the wrong team with the wrong players<p>As the summer passed, everything I witnessed …

What's So Wrong with the Word 'Twerk'?

<b>Of all the new words</b> added to the online Oxford Dictionary this past week, the verb "twerk" has been singled out for particular fury. Over at <i>The New York Times</i>, Dave Itzkoff wrote, "'Won't twerking just go away?' the linguistically aggrieved ask. Well, no — and, in fact, the word is getting some …

The Basketball Game of Your Dreams for Less Than This Basketball

<i>used Cadillac DeVille</i>? Well luckily, now you can buy one of these two basketballs that Hermès made from the same bull calfskin and hand-stitching it uses on its leather goods — for $12,900. And to solve your other complaint — <i>Why do basketballs always have to be orange?</i> — the Hermès limited-edition …

The Book of Luis

As the Premier League season begins, the real story of its most mythical villain<p>I.<p>At the beginning of time, Luis Suarez bit God, and God was like, …

5 Ways to Live Courageously

Living courageously involves shifting our focus away from trying to remove fear to pursuing a full and meaningful life alongside of fear. Here is how you do it.<p>Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world."<p>Some fears, of course, are healthy; they …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What Peter Beinart Gets Wrong About Chabad

Peter Beinart’s controversial article about Cory Booker’s Chabad rabbi friends has raised the ire of many and elicited several responses, including …

The Civil War's "Shit, This Sucks!" Moment

<i>Read the Esquire Gettysburg Reenactment series in its entirety here.</i><p><b>Do you still have</b> that map I described last week? Good. Let us update it a bit, to reflect how things look today on 19 June. We are going to break that single big X (the entire southern "Army of Northern Virginia") into some …

Watch the Throne: Let Them Eat Cake

Jay and Kanye's album was inevitable. But is it any good?<p>Kanye West’s astonishing rise can be heard in his enunciation. His debut album, <i>College</i> …

The 10 Best/Craziest/Most Inspiring Quotes From Kanye's New York Times Interview

Ye compares himself to Steve Jobs and makes a case for his greatness in a truly epic career-spanning new interview.

Music Industry

Absence of Malice

On the burden a player carries after his ordinary actions cause an unforgettable injury<p>It’s a macabre piece of trivia, but one that hockey fans know …

Ice Hockey

Racism and Religious Zionist Youth Movements: Own Up

Rabbi Avihai Ronski, former Chief Rabbi of the IDF and religious Zionist extraordinaire, a man who once ruled that the Sabbath takes precedence over …

NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Whistle While You Work

<i>So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. You’ll find takes on moments you might’ve missed</i> …

The Big Story: How We Got Here

Is America in decline? On Tuesday evening, the <i>New Yorker</i> staff writer George Packer spoke with the magazine’s features director, Daniel Zalewski, about the country’s tumultuous present and its uncertain future. They discussed stories from Packer’s new book, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the …

The New #1 Tourist Destination in the World? It's Bangkok

But New York still earns the most money from foreign tourists -- and Tokyo earns the most per tourist, by a long ways<p>Bangkok -- already home to the world's two most-photographed locations on Instagram -- is now the most visited city in the world by international tourists, according to the new …

Israeli or U.S. Action Against Iran: Who Will Do It If It Must Be Done?

A case study in how military action against Tehran could unfold.<p>Let's say it's late 2013 and the prime minister of Israel has just received a phone call from the White House relaying the findings of a recent U.S. intelligence assessment: international sanctions and negotiations with Iran have yet …

China's New Leader Could Be an Ecological Hardliner

For officials who authorize projects that hurt the environment, the consequences could be severe.<p>China's president has laid down a stark warning to government officials: if you sanction a project that damages the environment, you'll be held responsible. For life.<p>Dubai's 'Horribly Exploitative Labor …

Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

<b>The two presiding geniuses</b> behind <i>Tiger Beat On The Potomac</i> take a whack at John Boehner today — because, you know, <i>leadership! —</i> and, against all possible odds, they trip over an actual acorn in the process.<p>Boehner runs a House in which many of the traditional levers of power are gone and of little …

Perception and Reality

The biggest takeaways from Pacers-Heat going into Game 4 in Indianapolis<p>So this is the way that I figure it goes, as the NBA’s Eastern Conference …

The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama

Sure, we as a nation have always killed people. A lot of people. But no president has ever waged war by killing enemies one by one, targeting them individually for execution, wherever they are. The Obama administration has taken pains to tell us, over and over again, that they are careful, …

Hi Xavi :)

An e-mail from Pep Guardiola after Barcelona's loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League<p>Hello old friend,<p>Now and then I say to myself that time …

Q&A: Hugh Dancy Sits Down with Hannibal

<b>After the disastrous</b> 2007 film <i>Hannibal Rising</i>, there were very few Hannibal Lecter fans who thought revisiting the character was a good idea. That is, until Bryan Fuller (<i>Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me</i>) got his hands on the material and promptly signed Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen to play the iconic …

Let’s Help NBC Pick a New Host to Replace Jimmy Fallon on Late Night

<i>By now we all know that Jimmy Fallon is taking the</i> Tonight Show <i>to New York, and that Jay Leno, at least temporarily without a desk to call home, is</i> …

Seth Meyers