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Adrian Tomine’s “Love Life”

Cover StoryAdrian Tomine’s “Love Life”By Françoise MoulyArt by Adrian TomineNovember 30, 2020FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.These strange times have us seeking companionship in strange ways. In his latest cover, Adrian Tomine, an astute observer of social mores, finds the humor in our increasingly digital search for love....

My Year of Making Lists

Illustration by Min HeoThis February, I began obsessively making lists. Songs with cellos. Every book I read or every documentary I watched this year. Different things that you can eat with ginger-scallion sauce. Stories involving balloons. I don’t usually make lists, although I will generally risk malware or worse to read other people’s rankings. (Top...

Paul Theroux on Making Sense of One’s Life

Photograph by David Clynch / AlamyYour story in this week’s issue, “Dietrologia,” revolves around the term dietrologia—an Italian word meaning a hidden motivation or explanation behind something. (It is, literally, “behind-ology.”) How did you become familiar with the word, and was the story built around it, or did the use of the word present itself...

Joni Mitchell’s Youthful Artistry

A new release documents Joni Mitchell’s early metamorphosis—unmoored, broke, living for a time in a Toronto attic—when her lodestar was her big, strange, unwieldy talent.Photographs by Jack Robinson / Hulton Archive / GettyIn 1964, a twenty-year-old Canadian singer named Joan Anderson began composing her own folk songs. They were good folk songs, sturdily...

Sunday Reading: Whodunnits and Other Mysteries

Photograph from USC Libraries / Corbis / GettyIn 1955, A. J. Liebling published a piece in The New Yorker about a mysterious murder that had occurred at the turn of the twentieth century. On the afternoon of June 26, 1897, a man’s dismembered body was discovered floating in the East River, a killing that became known in reporting circles as the Ghastly...

A Poet Reflects on Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Valzhyna Mort’s “Music for the Dead and Resurrected” begins with a poem inspired by Kurapaty, a wooded area on the outskirts of Minsk, where a mass-burial site was uncovered, in 1988.Photograph by Hanna Tor / AlamyGrowing up in Minsk, in the nineteen-eighties, the poet Valzhyna Mort spoke Russian at home and studied Belarusian in school. Now she has...

The Joylessness of Cooking

Kitchen NotesThe Joylessness of CookingBy Helen RosnerNovember 25, 2020FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Feelings of emptiness are normal in times of stress and uncertainty. But isn’t cooking supposed to be a balm?Illustration by Joana AvillezIn theory, I love to cook. I’ve been reminding myself of this lately, repeating it...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Mines the Paranoia of the Nineteen-Eighties and Today

Although there are some basic puzzle-solving tasks, the real substance of Cold War is in killing hundreds of people without ever really knowing why.Source: ActivisionOn November 13th, a day when President Donald Trump declared electoral victory in Pennsylvania and Georgia, almost accidentally conceded the election, and then threatened to withhold a...

Thanksgiving Classics from the Archive

Photograph from GettyIn November of 1943, the writer and editor Wolcott Gibbs published a Comment in The New Yorker recounting how the magazine and its editors were holding up during wartime. “The ink in our well is often mud and dust,” he wrote, “and the ersatz paper clips crumble away in our hands.” Yet, all in all, he observed, the staff maintained...

HBO’s “How To with John Wilson” Captures the Weird, Wondrous New York City That’s Never on TV

As a documentarian, John Wilson has a receptive spirit and a fascination with arcane institutions and subcultures.Photograph courtesy HBOA pair of aging men carry a nude plastic mannequin down the street, its splayed feet dragging on the sidewalk. A woman in Penn Station covers a vast coffee spill with two sheets of newspaper. The actor Kyle MacLachlan,...

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