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Liz Phair’s Songs of Experience

The New Yorker InterviewLiz Phair’s Songs of ExperienceThe singer-songwriter talks about getting older, reaching into the past for her new record, and her home town of Chicago.By Amanda PetrusichApril 18, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Photograph by Phylicia J. L. Munn for The New YorkerThis June, after months of pandemic-related...

Sunday Reading: Children’s Literature

Photograph by George Rodger / MagnumIn 2008, Jill Lepore published “The Lion and the Mouse,” a captivating essay about a mid-century controversy that helped reshape children’s literature. Lepore describes how the publication of E. B. White’s classic tale “Stuart Little,” about an adventurous “mouse-child” born to a family in Manhattan, created a stir...

My Grandfather Fled the Nazis. I Moved to His Old Neighborhood

Personal HistoryMy Grandfather Fled the Nazis. I Moved to His Old NeighborhoodI was raised to believe that America was a haven for Jews, but that vision of safety seems illusory now.By Laura MoserApril 18, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Photographs courtesy the authorWe arrived in Amsterdam a year ago, making our way...

The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”

On TelevisionThe Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show”On the original show, which is now streaming for the first time on Disney+, bits of fabric and glue and yarn become complexly real.By Naomi FryApril 17, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Illustration by Bendik KaltenbornTo watch TV these days is to feel...

Daunte Wright and the Grammar of Kim Potter’s Resignation

One might prefer that police officers didn’t play the hero, given how liable they are to spook themselves into shooting the person who asked for protection.Photograph by Stephen Maturen / GettyLast Sunday, Kim Potter, a longtime member of the police department in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a Minneapolis suburb, shot and killed Daunte Wright, a twenty-year-old...

The Pleasant Head Trip of Liminal Spaces

Liminal spaces are places that exist to be travelled through but not lingered in: roads, corridors, hotels, or, as in this photo, abandoned shopping malls.Photograph by Ashley Gilbertson / VII / ReduxThere was nothing immediately noteworthy about the image of a deserted road and three brick arches. I encountered it a few months ago, during a late-evening...

“Duvidha,” an Indian Independent Film That Contains Lessons for American Directors

Raissa Padamsee in a scene from Mani Kaul’s film “Duvidha,” from 1973.The fiftieth edition of the New Directors/New Films series, co-sponsored by MOMA and Film at Lincoln Center, will take place this year, both in person (at Lincoln Center) and online, from April 28th to May 8th. In honor of the landmark, it will include a free online series of eleven...

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The Timeless Pleasures of Dawoud Bey’s Street Portraits

Photo BoothThe Timeless Pleasures of Dawoud Bey’s Street PortraitsHis pictures make me think about the times I’ve walked down the street feeling invisible, until I pass another Black person who holds my gaze long enough for us to exchange a nod.By Hanif AbdurraqibApril 15, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Photographs...

Oscars Spotlight: The 2021 Nominees for Best Actress

In “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” Andra Day gives a formidable performance as the legendary blues singer.Photograph by Takashi Seida / Courtesy HuluBack in 1936, Bette Davis was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for “Dangerous,” a movie she found “maudlin” and beneath her talents. Like many in Hollywood, she felt that she should have won for...

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