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John Cleese Discusses Creativity, Political Correctness, Monty Python, and Artichokes

The New Yorker InterviewJohn Cleese Discusses Creativity, Political Correctness, Monty Python, and ArtichokesA conversation with the English comedian about artistic inspiration, cultural appropriation, and tabloid journalism.By Michael SchulmanSeptember 20, 2020FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Illustration by Omri Cohen;...

Sunday Reading: The World of Alex Ross

Photograph by Josh GoldstineAlex Ross is the most wide-ranging of culture critics. In his more than two decades at The New Yorker, his subjects have ranged from the world of the classical-music conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to the career and travails of Nirvana’s driving genius, the late Kurt Cobain. Ross has published three books, including “The Rest...

“Ratched,” Reviewed: A Confused, Caricaturish Origin Story for the “Cuckoo’s Nest” Villainess

In “Ratched,” Sarah Paulson does her best to hold on to the script’s curves as it ventures into increasingly unhinged terrain.Photograph by Saeed Adyani / NetflixThe novelist Ken Kesey based the character of Nurse Ratched, the villain of his 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” on a real person—a nurse whom he once met while working the night...

The 2020 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction

Illustration by Daniel LiévanoThis week, The New Yorker announced the longlists for the 2020 National Book Awards. Earlier, we presented the lists for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction.Douglas Stuart’s novel “Shuggie Bain,” which traces the life of a boy with an alcoholic mother, is a queer coming-of-age story,...

Highlights from Week One of the New York Film Festival

In “Isabella,” the Argentinian director Matías Piñeiro fuses performance and daily life into a quietly mighty architecture of psychological complexity.Photograph courtesy Cinema GuildThis year’s New York Film Festival (which begins Thursday and runs through October 11th) is taking place by way of online screenings and drive-in presentations. The 2020...

The 2020 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction

Illustration by Daniel LiévanoThis week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2020 National Book Awards. So far, we’ve presented the lists for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, and Poetry. Check back tomorrow morning for Fiction.This year’s longlist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction includes two débuts that...

Roger Angell Turns One Hundred

Photograph by Neilson Barnard / GettyIn March, 1944, The New Yorker published a very short story called “Three Ladies in the Morning.” The author’s byline, which came at the end of the piece in those days, was “Cpl. Roger Angell.” Between then and now, a blink of an eye, that same corporal became a generalissimo, a writer and an editor supremo. And,...

The 2020 National Book Awards Longlist: Poetry

Illustration by Daniel LiévanoThis week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2020 National Book Awards. On Wednesday, we presented the lists for Young People’s Literature and Translated Literature. Check back this afternoon for Nonfiction.“The Age of Phillis,” a poetry collection by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, reimagines the life of...

Zoom Fatigue and the New Ways to Party

Culture DeskZoom Fatigue and the New Ways to PartyVirtual-reality coffee shops and party-simulation apps are aiming to help you gossip and mingle more realistically online.By Anna RussellSeptember 17, 2020FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.PauseIllustration by Loulou JoãoMany months ago, when Zoom had just become a verb (I...

A Life-Saving Race Against Time and Traffic, in “Blood Rider”

In Nigeria, motorcyclists deliver blood to patients, including to those who have just given birth. The okada motorcycle taxi has long been a feature of the urban landscape in many West African cities. Some riders are even fashion icons. They provide a fast way to get around gridlocked cities, and have spurred a wave of ride-hailing innovation in the...

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