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The Strongman Problem, from Modi to Trump

At eight o’clock in the evening on November 8th, India Standard Time, just hours before American voters shocked the world by electing Donald Trump as their next President, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, went on television to address his country’s more than a billion citizens. At …

A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump

Over the weekend, an organization in Brooklyn called the Interference Archive gave away about five thousand stickers, three thousand printed posters, a thousand buttons, and almost two gallons of red and black paint that ended up silk-screened onto T-shirts, tote bags, and patches in the form of …

What Americans Against Trump Can Learn from the Failures of the Israeli Opposition

For any Israeli who lived through the “<i>mahapach</i>,” the electoral “upending” of 1977, which brought Menachem Begin’s Likud party to power, Donald Trump’s victory seems dreadfully familiar. It is not simply that America’s most benighted voters—people from the entitled, stressed majority, people living …

Useful New Texting Acronyms

<b>Old:</b> LOL (Laughing out loud)<b><br>New:</b> TLOLBAHC (Typing “laughing out loud” but actually hysterically crying)<p><b>Old:</b> TTYL (Talk to you later)<b><br>New:</b> TYLIDAPC (Text you later; I don’t answer phone calls)<p><b>Old:</b> NC (Netflix and chill)<b><br>New:</b> SIRJWTWN (Seriously I really just want to watch Netflix)<p><b>Old:</b> ILY (I love</b> …

A Death on the Tracks

The 1 train slowed down as usual upon entering the Times Square station on Monday, November 7th, at 1:20 <i>P.M.</i>, but then it braked so hard that those of us standing stumbled to keep our balance. The doors didn’t open. Outside, on the platform, people moved in various directions instead of waiting for …

If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?

We can think of ourselves as an animal’s peer—or its protector. What will robots decide about us?<p>Harambe, a gorilla, was described as “smart,” “curious,” “courageous,” “magnificent.” But it wasn’t until last spring that Harambe became famous, too. On May 28th, a human boy, also curious and …

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Can Hypothermia Save Gunshot Victims?

A new procedure freezes trauma patients who are bleeding out in order to buy time to operate.<p>Brandon Littlejohn was shot just after 11 <i>P.M</i>. on Saturday, April 23, 2011. The day had started out cold and rainy, but by evening the temperature hinted at the summer to come. Littlejohn was playing …

Robert Coover on Our National Disdain for the “Intellectual”

<i>Your story in this week’s issue, “The Hanging of the Schoolmarm,” is one in a series of short pieces you’ve been writing that draw on cinema tropes. Was there a particular inspiration for this one?</i><p>Just like many of my books and stories—“Ghost Town” and “Briar Rose,” for example—this story began …

Why Won’t Donald Trump Denounce Sandy Hook Deniers?

In the rank confusion of Donald Trump’s preparations to assume power, there are some decisions that look as if they should be easy. Last week, Erica Lafferty wrote the President-elect an open letter asking him to cut ties with the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Lafferty is the daughter of Dawn …

Donald Trump Personally Blasts the Press

The fantasy of the normalization of Donald Trump—the idea that a demagogic candidate would somehow be transformed into a statesman of poise and deliberation after his Election Day victory—should now be a distant memory, an illusion shattered.<p>First came the obsessive Twitter rants directed at …

Mourning Through Horror Movies

Even as a young child, I preferred horror above every other movie genre. This is the nice way of saying that I liked to watch people die violently, or try not to. The flat-screen television in my family’s home offered more than eight hundred channels. Many Sunday mornings, I would collapse on the …

The Moon Juice Gospel of Self

The most unsettling reminder of my Election Night is certainly “The Moon Juice Cookbook,” an unapologetically esoteric offering from Amanda Chantal Bacon, who owns the thriving Los Angeles health-food business Moon Juice. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow, the company sells tonics, herbal supplements, and …

“The Lottery” in Stars Hollow

The day of the lottery was bright and sunny; the flowers outside Doose's Market were blossoming exactly on Taylor Doose's schedule and the grass was a brilliant green. Not the showy, self-conscious sort of green you might find in New Haven or Waterford; not the sort of green that called attention …

Introducing New Yorker iMessage Stickers, by Christoph Niemann

Sometimes words are not enough, and that's why there are stickers. The <i>New Yorker</i> sticker pack, released today for iMessage, captures quintessential moments in city life with a fanciful eye and a humorous touch. They have been drawn and animated by the <i>New Yorker</i> contributor Christoph Niemann, and …

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The Fried-Chicken King of Harlem Holds Court

For more than twenty years, Charles Gabriel has been serving up fried chicken, collard greens, mac and cheese, and other soul-food staples at his restaurant, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, on 151st Street, in Harlem. (Sophie Brickman wrote about the restaurant in 2014.) Gabriel, who grew up in …

The Disruptive Career of Michael Flynn, Trump’s National-Security Adviser

The first time I met Michael Flynn, whom President-elect Donald Trump tapped last week to be his national-security adviser, he was wearing the Army’s weekend uniform—a baggy polo shirt and khaki pants—and swinging his Blackberry around like a cowboy would his revolver. It was the late summer of …

A Death Sentence Overturned in Louisiana

In 2013, a Louisiana jury sentenced Rodricus Crawford to death after the prosecutor, Dale Cox, argued that Jesus Christ commanded the punishment. Crawford, a twenty-three-year-old African-American man from Shreveport, was convicted of suffocating his one-year-old son. In a memo to Louisiana’s …

William Trevor’s Quiet Explosions

I first encountered the work of the Irish writer William Trevor, who died this week, at the age of eighty-eight, in one of his masterwork short stories, “The News from Ireland.” This was more than twenty years ago, when I was a graduate student, but I can still summon the emotional jolt, and the …

Two Theories About Donald Trump’s Meeting with the New York Times

Evidently, it was the Dr. Jekyll version of Donald Trump who left his Fifth Avenue aerie around noon on Tuesday and skipped across town to the offices of the "failing New York <i>Times</i>." Having first cancelled the meeting via a breakfast-time tweet—Mr. Hyde clearly didn't get the entire day off—before …

A New Film About Young French Women Drawn to Jihadism

In “Heaven Will Wait,” a new film by the French director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, a teen-ager named Sonia is placed under house arrest after being caught plotting to plant a bomb with a group of other girls. Sonia sulks around her parents’ Paris apartment like any adolescent who has been …

The Limits of Sanctuary Cities

At a news conference last week, Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, tried to reassure undocumented immigrants living in the city. “To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety, you are safe in Chicago,” he said. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had …

Donald Trump’s Second, Perplexing Week as President-Elect

The second week of the Trump transition brought several new appointments, the first specific policy pronouncements, and the most alarming statement about Presidential power since Richard Nixon declared, in 1977, “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”<p>First, the …

A Portrait of My Ego as a Big Black Dog

Several years ago, I received a postcard from a friend who was travelling in Scotland. The picture on the card showed dozens of Scottish family crests, many of which looked as if they had been hastily contrived for postcard purposes. Clustered together in a three-by-five-inch space was a clamorous …

Pilgrim’s Progress: Inside the American Nuclear-Waste Crisis

On a mild September day in 2012, Paul Rifkin asked a friend with a helicopter to help him perform an experiment. Rifkin, a retired restaurateur turned amateur photographer, wanted to capture aerial images of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which sits on the shores of Cape Cod Bay, a quick drive from …

The Activists of Crimson Tide Country

On June 9, 1964, in the summer heat of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a group of protesters led by the Reverend T. Y. Rogers, Jr., a disciple of Martin Luther King, Jr., planned a march from the First African Baptist Church to the county courthouse, in protest of the building’s segregated water fountains and …

Me, Flirting

Is this seat taken? Actually, I'd better sit over here, so you can be on my good-ear side. I'll hear you much better, especially when the band starts up. I should probably get a hearing aid, but I'm saving up for dental implants. I wasn't going to bother, because the rotten tooth is way in the …

A Party in a Lunatic Asylum

On the mundane mysticism of Alan Moore.<p>There is a sequence in “From Hell,” the 1999 graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Eddie Campbell, about the late-Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper, in which the sulfurous antihero William Gull takes his hapless Cockney coachman on a …

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What Is Aleppo, Gary Johnson?

In what universe and era can we be living if Donald Trump is merely the <i>second</i> least informed candidate for the Presidency? Trump foggily negotiated the toothless, pit-a-pat treatment he got from Matt Lauer on NBC last night, insisting once more on his narcissistic admiration for Vladimir Putin: “If …

Donald Trump’s Big Lies at the Commander-in-Chief Forum

According to many accounts, it was the young Adolf Hitler who coined the term “Big Lie.” In his 1925 tract, “Mein Kampf,” he wrote that “the broad masses” are more likely to “fall victims to the big lie than the small lie,” because “It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal …

With the iPhone 7, Apple Changed the Camera Industry Forever

Camera companies, like traditional phone manufacturers, dismissed the iPhone as a toy when it launched, in 2007. Nokia thought that the iPhone used inferior technology; the camera makers thought that it took lousy pictures. Neither thought that they had anything to worry about. Of course, neither …