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Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Haunting New Novel

Page-TurnerKarl Ove Knausgaard’s Haunting New NovelIn “The Morning Star,” the Norwegian novelist gives voice to the feeling that something terrible is coming for us all.By Brandon TaylorOctober 16, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Illustration by Max LoefflerFor much of the past decade, the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard...

“The Last Duel,” Reviewed: Ridley Scott’s Wannabe #MeToo Movie

According to the laws of the time, the rape of Marguerite de Thibouville (Jodie Comer) was considered not a violent crime against her but a property crime against her husband.Photograph by Patrick Redmond / 20th Century StudiosApparently, a good man was hard to find in the Middle Ages. At least, there aren’t any on hand in Ridley Scott’s new film, “The...

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Raya and the Promise of Private Social Media

Infinite ScrollRaya and the Promise of Private Social MediaThe app has created a space free of the problems that plague the rest of the Web, but only by leaving almost everybody out.By Kyle ChaykaOctober 15, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Raya likes to play down its exclusivity, but the app’s admission rate is in the...

The Trump Presidency Is Still an Active Crime Scene

Several of the more interesting new books on the Trump Presidency come from participants in the former President’s first impeachment.Photograph by Eva Marie Uzcátegui / GettyEvery Administration produces a shelf full of memoirs, of the score-settling variety and otherwise. The first known White House chronicle by someone other than a President came...

A Philosopher’s Defense of Anger

“Virtuous” anger, Cherry said, is “the kind of anger that I see as necessary to really bring about a better world.”Photograph by Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / GettyIn June, 1981, the Black poet and activist Audre Lorde delivered the keynote address at the annual conference of the National Women’s Studies Association. In her speech, which was...

How “Squid Game” Channels the Anarchic Spirit of the New Korean Cinema

A still from the Netflix-produced K-drama “Squid Game,” which has become the platform’s most-viewed title in some ninety countries.Photograph by Youngkyu Park / Courtesy NetflixIn the first March of the pandemic, a friend in Pennsylvania e-mailed me about the slim pickings on TV. I told him about “Crash Landing on You,” a Korean drama series on Netflix....

The Teacher Who Changed How We Teach Writing

Mike Rose had a keen gift for uncovering, through intensive one-on-one work with writers, the deep—and often poignant—logic behind surface errors.Photograph courtesy UCLAIn late summer, the educator and writer Mike Rose died of a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Santa Monica; he was seventy-seven. I learned of his death in the pitiless...

A Bad Case of Scribble Brain

New Yorker FavoritesHow we became infected by chain e-mail.Twelve classic movies to watch with your kids.The secret lives of fungi.The photographer who claimed to capture the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism?The enduring romance of the night train.Sign up for our daily newsletter to receive the best stories...

The Romance of American Activism in “Radical Love”

Michael and Eleanora Kennedy—a married lawyer-activist duo that was as committed to their ideals as to each other—understood the stakes of the controversial cases they took on to be nothing less than the notion of law itself. It’s fitting that the house where Michael and Eleanora Kennedy made their life together was, in Eleanora’s words, a “fixer-upper.”...

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