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A Welcome Unfreedom in South Korea

Personal HistoryA Welcome Unfreedom in South KoreaIllustration by María MedemWhen my mom and I arrived at Incheon Airport in November, after twenty uncomfortable hours in K94 masks, I was shocked by its emptiness. There seemed to be more workers in face shields and white Tyvek suits than travellers. A polite young man from South Korea’s national health...

Trump Attempts Wordle

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Why You Can’t Resist Wordle

Infinite ScrollWhy You Can’t Resist WordleIllustration by Nicholas Konrad / The New YorkerBefore you ever played the game, you probably saw the grids on social media, five-by-six rows of emoji squares in gray, yellow, and green. At first they seemed mysterious. Each grid held a different pattern of colors. Some who shared their grids seemed proud of...

NBA YoungBoy and the Music Industry’s Unseen Stars

Culture DeskNBA YoungBoy and the Music Industry’s Unseen StarsIn 2020, a twenty-two-year-old rapper from Baton Rouge brought in nearly as much streaming revenue as Taylor Swift did. Why haven’t most people heard of him?By Sheldon PearceJanuary 20, 2022FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.NBA YoungBoy is an extreme example of...

Mapping Climate Grief, One Pixel at a Time

Culture DeskMapping Climate Grief, One Pixel at a TimeImage by Yuts / Courtesy Raw FuryLast year, the Tribeca Film Festival awarded its inaugural prize in game design to Norco, a point-and-click adventure set in a refinery town on the Mississippi River. Designed by a small collaborative, Geography of Robots, the project had already earned a devoted...

A Blind Skateboarder’s Return to the Ramp

The New Yorker DocumentaryA Blind Skateboarder’s Return to the RampPfeifer’s documentary focusses on Bishop’s emotional journey as the skateboarder loses his sight and relearns how to live life. The thirty-five-year-old pro skateboarder Justin Bishop stands at the lip of a skate ramp, loosely gripping a slim metal cane. He curls a muscular arm, adorned...

Hong Sangsoo’s Audacious Clash of the Generations

The Front RowHong Sangsoo’s Audacious Clash of the Generations“Introduction” is centered on a young couple—Young-ho (Shin Seok-ho) and Ju-won (Park Mi-so)—in a South Korean city: two students whose paths are about to diverge.Photograph courtesy Jeonwonsa Film / Alamy The South Korean director Hong Sangsoo is both one of the most prolific and one of...

The Continued Calamity at the Border

DispatchThe Continued Calamity at the BorderDolores hardly recognizes the makeshift camp in northern Mexico where she settled six months ago. In its early days, there were far fewer families, and they all huddled under the roof of a pergola that was situated in the center of Plaza de la República, the main square in the town of Reynosa. Back then, local...

Christina Ricci Knew the Spiky Roles Were Coming

The New Yorker InterviewChristina Ricci Knew the Spiky Roles Were ComingThe forty-one-year-old actress on “Yellowjackets,” child stardom, and what happened in between.By Rachel SymeJanuary 17, 2022FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Illustration by Chloe Cushman; Source photograph by Frazer Harrison / GettyOn Showtime’s new...

George Booth’s “Around the Clock”

Cover StoryGeorge Booth’s “Around the Clock”The artist talks to his daughter about retaining a childish sense of humor and capturing the voices of his youth.By Françoise MoulyArt by George BoothJanuary 17, 2022FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Over his more than fifty years at this magazine, George Booth, with his sui generis...

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