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Donald Trump Embraces the Streisand Effect

The president’s threats to sue Steve Bannon, Michael Wolff, and a publisher over a forthcoming book are more likely to bring the book publicity than deliver him a win in court.<p>Last month, Jared Kushner began seeking the help of a crisis-communications firm. Perhaps the White House senior adviser …

Donald Trump

Bella vs. Betty

In a year of all-too-public reconciliations (ranging from Tom and Brooke to Paris and Nicole), word of a rapprochement between the followers of the late Betty Friedan and those of the late Bella Abzug has been relatively slow to spread. It all started, inauspiciously enough, with Friedan’s death, …

Human Rights

The Takedown of Tupac

Tupac Shakur was one of gangsta rap’s biggest stars. But he got caught in a collision of cultures when inner-city gangs met up with the multibillion-dollar record industry.<p>When twenty-five-year-old Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas last fall, he was riding in the passenger seat of a …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Twenty-one Stevedores

Murder has failed to keep pace with the times in one section of New York. This is a strip of Brooklyn waterfront which lies within the shadow of Brooklyn Bridge. Murder is as plentiful here as in the West Fifties in Manhattan, but it is different. It is not commercial, not based on beer, sex, …

Waterfront

Massachusetts vs. Mailer

It began as just another D. & D. case—Drunk & Disorderly. It won’t be found in the lawbooks—there wasn’t even a court stenographer—but it’s already part of the folklore of Provincetown, also known as Eighth Street by the Sea. Every summer, this Cape Cod seashore town becomes what the sociologists …

Literature

Untimely

What was at stake in the spat between Henry Luce and Harold Ross?<p>Henry Luce, who was born in Tengchow, China, used to say he wished he’d been born in Oskaloosa, Iowa. “An American can always explain himself satisfactorily by citing where he comes from,” Luce said. He’d have given anything for a …

Lillian, Mary, and Me

Who would guess that by uttering a few harmless words you could trigger lawsuits in the millions, a furor in the literary world, and a Broadway show?<p>Nora Ephron’s play “Imaginary Friends,” about the feud between Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman, opens this week at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The …

Flowers

The Year in Pictures 2017

Photographs hold the power to clarify in tumultuous times.

A Conversation with A. G. Sulzberger, the New Leader of the New York Times

In 2009, a byline began appearing in the <i>Times</i> that carried with it the harbinger of dynastic transition. A new general-assignment reporter named A. G. Sulzberger was banging around the city, writing about a Third Avenue flop house upstairs from J. G. Melon, a high-end burger joint; about the maiden …

Journalism

Van Gogh’s Ear

The Christmas Eve that changed modern art.<p>It is, in its strange way, at once the Nativity fable and the Passion story of modern art. On Christmas Eve, 1888, in the small Provençal town of Arles, the police found a young Dutch émigré painter in his bed, bleeding from the head, self-bandaged and …

New Yorker Holiday Covers Through the Years

’Tis the season to be jolly—or not! <i>New Yorker</i> holiday covers have showcased a wide range of emotions over the years. In Edward Sorel’s cover from 2012, for instance, Santa’s reindeer crankily side-eye their boss for interrupting their poker game. Istvan Banyai’s drawing of McSorley’s Old Ale House, …

Santa Claus

The Distrust That Trump Relies Upon

Since the nineteen-seventies, Gallup has been polling Americans annually about their confidence in their country’s institutions—the military, the Supreme Court, Congress, the Presidency, organized religion, the health-care establishment, and public schools, among others. Over all, the project …

Donald Trump

Wrap up 2017 with our annual Year in Review.

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The Avenger

After three decades, has the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing solved the case?<p>When Ken Dornstein learned that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded, he did not realize that his older brother, David, was on the plane. It was December 22, 1988, and Ken, a sophomore at Brown University, was at …

The Contradictions of Hemingway’s House in Cuba

When Ernest Hemingway owned Finca Vigía, his house in Cuba, its location was quiet and remote, out in the small hamlet of San Francisco de Paula. Now it’s owned by the Cuban government. It’s situated in a shabby suburb and is one of the most popular tourist sites in the country. I’m here to see it …

Literature

The Most Frightening Aspect of Trump’s Tax Triumph

Donald Trump has scored a legislative victory with staggering costs. The price of the tax bill has to be measured not only in the loss American society will face in the increase in inequality, in the impact on public health, and the growth of the deficit, but also in the damage to political culture …

Donald Trump

My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2017 Edition

With the transition to iPad Pro as my primary computer fully achieved in 2016 and not surprising anymore, in 2017 I turned my attention to three other key areas of my life: working with the MacStories team, managing my time, and finding my favorite apps among many competing alternatives.<p>For the …

Apps

A Few Words in Praise of Eggnog

Eggnog is a beverage with body, heft, structural integrity. It’s a cocktail, it’s a dessert; if deployed correctly, it’s a life-saving elixir. In 1947, an all-eggnog diet reportedly returned a starving hound to “the pink of condition” after he’d secreted himself into a car’s trunk for twenty-one …

Eggnog

Jerry Fodor’s Enduring Critique of Neo-Darwinism

The philosopher Jerry Fodor was important for the same reason you’ve probably never heard of him: he was unimpressed, to put it politely, by the intellectual trends of the day. His focus was the philosophy of the mind, and he regarded much of what went on in brain labs as make-work. “If the mind …

Success

In Defense of Adulterers

Esther Perel’s new book argues for a more compassionate understanding of our unruly desires.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Not long ago, scientists discovered that swans, the beloved symbols of romantic and sexual fidelity, have some …

Hair Color

The Historical Truth-Telling of Arseny Roginsky

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” The line comes from one of Milan Kundera’s novels about the totalitarian experience in the twentieth century, “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.” Now, in the twenty-first century, as the forces allied against …

Human Rights

Unsinkable

Why we can’t let go of the Titanic.<p>In the early nineteen-seventies, my Uncle Walter, who wasn’t a “real” uncle but had a better intuition about my hobbies and interests than some of my blood relatives did, gave me a thrilling gift: membership in the Titanic Enthusiasts of America. I was only …

The Twenty-Five Most-Read New Yorker Stories of 2017

<i>Note: This post has been updated to include Kristen Roupenian’s “Cat Person,” which has become the second most-read New Yorker article of the year since its publication, in our December 11th issue.</i><p>Determining <i>The New Yorker</i>’s “most popular” pieces of the year is a surprisingly fraught process. …

Donald Trump

Nora Ephron’s Apartment: A Love Story

To move into the Apthorp was to enter a state of giddy, rent-stabilized delirium.<p>In February, 1980, two months after the birth of my second child and the simultaneous end of my marriage, I fell madly in love. I was looking for a place to live, and one afternoon I walked just ten steps into an …

Washing Machines

Inside the Home of Instant Pot, the Kitchen Gadget That Spawned a Religion

KANATA, Ontario — Truth be told, the headquarters of Instant Pot don’t look much like a church.<p>But inside this sterile, gray office building on the outskirts of Ottawa, behind a door marked only by a small metal sign, a new religion has been born.<p>Its deity is the Instant Pot, a line of electric …

The Best New Yorker Photography of 2017

This was a year of political upheaval and creative flourishing, of societal reckonings and moments of light relief, and <i>The New Yorker’s</i> photographers were on hand to capture it all. Whether through on-the-ground coverage or finely crafted portraiture, or the portrayal of a bad kiss for a viral …

Broad City

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.<p>Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.<p>For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images

From super moons to Saturn’s rings to distant galaxies.<p>One of the best ways to experience wonder in 2017 was to look up. In August, Eclipse Madness …