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What to Make of Childhood Fears in an Anxious Age

The childhood fears Daire Collins’s film exposes range from tsunamis to demonic possession in “The Exorcist.” It does no good to promise a child that there are no monsters under her bed. Fears create their own realities, aided and abetted by a media landscape that thrives on the drama of blood and bone.When the documentary filmmaker Daire Collins returned...

The Void That Critical Race Theory Was Created to Fill

Derrick Bell, the first Black tenured professor at Harvard Law School, helped lay the intellectual foundations for critical race theory.Photograph by Steve Liss / GettyIn 1971, Derrick Bell, a forty-year-old civil-rights attorney, became the first Black professor to gain tenure at Harvard Law School. A soft-spoken and prolific scholar, with glasses...

“The Pursuit of Love” Is a Scathing Satire of the British Upper Classes

There’s nothing like a truly horrendous party for cementing a friendship. On your own, the night might be an ego-bruising failure; with an ally, it’s an anecdote. In the first episode of Emily Mortimer’s fizzy new three-part adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel about the English upper classes, “The Pursuit of Love”—coming to Amazon Prime Video on...

Roy Brooks’s “Understanding,” a Crucial Jazz Rediscovery in Sound and Sense

What makes the Roy Brooks recording and its highlights a manifesto is a matter of cultural substance as much as musical form.Photograph by Leni Sinclair / GettyFrom the nineteen-fifties through the seventies, the jazz drummer Roy Brooks performed with some of the major musicians of the time, such as Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon, and led some talented...

“I Think You Should Leave” Is a Love Language

Tim Robinson, the star and co-creator of “I Think You Should Leave,” appears in a scene from the show.Photograph courtesy NetflixThe other night, I ran into my old friend, the comedian and writer Josh Gondelman. It was the first time in a while that we had seen each other in person, but we’d been texting back and forth for weeks, ever since the second...

D. J. Waldie’s Sense of Place

“In clinging to outdated images of Los Angeles, too many Angelenos avoid encountering the city as a real place,” D. J. Waldie writes in his latest book, “Becoming Los Angeles.”Photograph by Stuart Franklin / MagnumIn 1993, five years after Joan Didion left California for New York, an assignment for The New Yorker brought her back to her home state....

A Novel That Imagines Motherhood as an Animal State

Rachel Yoder’s “Nightbitch” makes the case for fiction that expands motherhood into new, surreal dimensions.Photograph by Antoine d'Agata / MagnumIn Rachel Yoder’s wily and unrestrained début novel, “Nightbitch,” a mother’s body begins to betray her, or so it appears. A scruff of rough, dark hair rises on the back of her neck. Her teeth sharpen to “ferocious...

Diana Ejaita’s “Al Mare!”

Cover StoryDiana Ejaita’s “Al Mare!”The artist discusses the joys of summers at the beach.By Françoise MoulyArt by Diana Ejaita July 26, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Diana Ejaita’s latest cover celebrates a familiar summer scene: beach-goers eagerly lining up to cool off in the ocean. She recently spoke to us about...

Tessa Hadley on Longing Amid Lockdown

Your story “Coda” is about a middle-aged woman, Diane, who goes to live with her ninety-two-year-old mother, Margot, during the COVID pandemic. You have also spent some time with your elderly mother during the pandemic. Presumably the similarity ends there?Photograph by Berenice Bautista / AP / ShutterstockThat’s an almost unanswerable question. It...

Aly Raisman Still Wants Answers

The New Yorker InterviewAly Raisman Still Wants AnswersAhead of the Tokyo Games, the two-time Olympic gymnast discusses the sport’s recent reckonings—and all the work that’s left to be done.By Eren OrbeyJuly 25, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Raisman, a six-time Olympic medallist, is an outspoken advocate for athlete...

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