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A cartoon by Robert Leighton. #TNYcartoons
In Hong Kong, all-black clothing, gas masks, and helmets have become the de-facto uniform of the uprising that has convulsed the territory over the past six months. Since June, an estimated 1.7 million people—around 20 per cent of the population—have marched in protests against Beijing’s influence. The previous large-scale protest movement, in 2014, was characterized by nonviolence. That is not the case today. “Tear gas was misting around the crowd in great gray plumes,” Jiayang Fan writes of a demonstration she witnessed. “The protesters hurled bricks and a few Molotov cocktails at the police. Lines of flame flashed on the street. . . . At one point, a tear-gas cannister landed by my feet, unleashing a furious itch across my body.” At the link in our bio, read Fan on the origins and potential outcomes of protests that have gripped Hong Kong. Photograph by @anrizzy for The New Yorker.
@helenr has *officially* whittled down her list of 2019's best cookbooks to the Top Ten (“an insurmountable challenge,” she writes). Swipe for few of her picks, then tap the link in our bio to see them all.
The lonely Christmas tree. #TNYcartoons
Big news, cartoon fans: today, for the first time ever, we’re accepting entries to the cartoon-caption contest via Instagram Stories. Here’s how it works: screenshot the cartoon posted on our Instagram Story on Mondays and post it to your own Story with an original caption. Simply tag us, @newyorkermag, and use the hashtag #MyNewYorkerCaption for your caption to be considered as an official entry in the contest. Check out our Instagram Stories to see this week’s contest, and tap the link in our bio to learn more. Special thanks to the team at @bbdony, who partnered with us to make this possible. Music and sound design by @hans.twite.
What about the 21st? #TNYcartoons
Peter Dinklage has some advice for the “Game of Thrones” fans who were displeased with the show’s ending: “You’ve just got to maybe wait till the series finale before you get that tattoo or name your golden retriever Daenerys!” At the link in our bio, the actor discusses returning to his Off Broadway roots, the price of stardom, and letting go of Tyrion Lannister. Photograph by @whitneyhollingtonmatewe / The New Yorker.
Hipcamp, a platform for campsite booking, applies the model of Airbnb to open spaces and the outdoors. The founder of Hipcamp believes the platform’s appeal goes beyond outdoorsy self-care—she hopes it will catalyze long-term thinking about the environment. Tap the link in our bio to read more about how the startup hopes to create avenues toward environmental awareness.
The screenwriter @lenawaithe discusses “Queen & Slim,” her new feature film, about a couple on a first date who end up in a confrontation with a police officer. For Waithe, the police “represent Jim Crow, they represent injustice, they represent death to a lot of us,” she said. “We create the heroes we need.” Tap the link in our bio to listen to the podcast.
"A person has only two eyes, one brain, five screens, and approximately 3,000 brand-new streaming models," @emilynussbaum writes, about the difficulty of compiling this year’s top TV shows. "And so, reader, I tried." Tap the link in our bio to see if your favorite show made the cut.
Instagram’s new decision to hide “likes” might cause you to ask yourself, what is it all for? What metric will I use to measure my self-worth? But don’t worry—your prison of digital futility continues.
It's not easy being organic. #TNYcartoons
Many of us already, on some level, distrust the reality of our own minds. Even the recent "mindfulness" trend implies that our own consciousness can only be summoned fleetingly, through great effort. Tap the link in our bio to read more about theories that hope to explain the mechanism of human consciousness.
How many is too many? #TNYcartoons
Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby, of "Sesame Street," team up to tackle The New Yorker’s cartoon-caption contest. Tap the link in our bio to watch the full video.
Over a thousand days into the Trump Presidency. #TNYcartoons
On the occasion of Joan Didion’s 85th birthday, Hilton Als writes about falling under the sway of her fiction in the spring of 1977. “Her ways of thinking and of expressing herself were unlike anyone else’s,” he writes. At the link in our bio, read about Didion’s early novels of American womanhood, which illuminate how she found and developed her authoritative literary voice. Photograph by Henry Clarke/Condé Nast/Getty.
Since Narendra Modi was first elected Prime Minister, in 2014, he has been recasting the story of India, from that of a secular democracy to that of a Hindu nation that dominates its minorities—especially the country’s 200 million Muslims. Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002, when a series of violent Muslim-Hindu riots broke out, leaving as many as 2,000 people dead and nearly 150,000 displaced. “No sectarian riot ever happens in India unless the government wants it to,” a former senior federal official said. “This was a state-sponsored massacre.” At the link in our bio, Dexter Filkins reports on how the riots inflamed sectarian violence and rhetoric in India—and laid the groundwork for Modi’s rise to national power. Photograph by @arkodatto for The New Yorker.
McKee, Kentucky, is the seat of one of the poorest counties in the U.S.—and has some of the fastest Internet in the country. For nearly 15 million Americans living in sparsely populated communities, there is no broadband Internet service at all. But in Jackson and Owsley Counties, every home and business is outfitted with high-speed fibre-optic cable. At the link in our bio, read about the widening rural-urban digital divide and the rural towns investing in the infrastructure to bridge the gap. Photographs by @marlenasloss for The New Yorker.
Richard Brody has seen “The Irishman” in theaters and on Netflix, and one viewing experience was markedly superior. At the link in our bio, read about why Martin Scorsese’s latest is best enjoyed from the comfort of home.
Chapter 1: Crying. #TNYcartoons
Our augmented-reality magicians are bringing @lianafinck’s cartoons into your physical world. Download the New Yorker Today app at the link in our bio to access these cartoons and more.
As 2020 looms, our music critic @amandapetrusich looks back at the greatest albums of the past decade and year. Tap the link in our bio to see her picks, and share your favorites in the comments.
Jamie Lee Curtis’s new film, “Knives Out,” is a murder mystery. She rose to fame in the now-classic horror movie “Halloween.” But she can’t stand to be frightened. “I am the anti-mystery girl. I don’t like horror films,” she told @rachsyme. “I would cover my ears, close my eyes, curl up in a little ball, and sing ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ in my head.” At the link in our bio, the actress and writer discusses addiction, beauty standards, having famous parents, discovering her husband in the pages of Rolling Stone, and her encounters with Bette Davis. Photograph by @ninebagatelles for The New Yorker.
In honor of New York City's first snowfall of the season, here's a collection of snowy covers, from 1956 to 2018. Stay warm, New York. #TNYcovers
There are always good books being written. But is it possible that, in 2019, there was a slightly greater number of them? At the link in our bio, Katy Waldman picks her 10 favorite books of the year.
They said "best." But what did they *mean*? At the link in our bio, all the secret meanings of e-mail sign-offs, from "thanks" (hint: it means the exact opposite of "thanks") to "sincerely" (how Abraham Lincoln always signed off, for what it's worth).
On @kadirnelson's cover, “Art Connoisseurs," Nelson presents two onlookers struck, in passing, by a splash of graffiti. "I’ve been thinking about the history of fine art and its ever-expanding boundaries, from the early Egyptians to Banksy, and contemplating what defines fine art and where it’s going next," Nelson says. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. #TNYcovers
“When I wear a tuxedo, or I’m covered, it’s an act of rebellion for me,” Janelle Monáe, who turns 34 today, says. “It’s about redefining what it means to be a woman and what can be sexy. And that has never been about making people comfortable.” At the link in our bio, watch Monáe discuss identity, responsibility, and using her platform to highlight important issues. Video by @joedonaldsontv.
On Pinterest and Instagram and Etsy, in simple block letters or in the flouncy faux-handwriting script that Vox termed “bridesmaid font,” you can find merch printed with all kinds of mom-related quips, from “Thou Shall Not Try Me: Mood 24:7” to “Mama of Drama #GirlMom.” There’s an entire subcategory that specifies what “mama runs on”: caffeine, chaos, and cuss words, or Jesus and Chick-fil-A, or Starbucks and pixie dust. “The shirts are a way of being sarcastic—of saying that it’s funny—but there’s a lot of truth underneath them, and the truth is less funny when you stop and think,” an online store owner, Kristia Rumbley, said. At the link in our bio, read @jiatortellini on the “coffee, wine, and Amazon Prime” merch that’s sweeping the Internet.
Beck stopped attending high school as a teen. Instead, he started taking a bus downtown to the Central Library, in Los Angeles, where he would teach himself how to read sheet music. But when he was 15, the Central Library caught fire. “It was the only place that I could go. I didn’t even have money to go to a coffee shop,” he says in a new interview with Amanda Petrusich. The next year, he got a fake I.D. to enroll in community college. Tap the link in our bio to follow the prolific musician on a nostalgic trip through the central Los Angeles neighborhood where he was born and raised. Photograph by @davidbenjaminsherry for The New Yorker.
Barbara Hillary, the first African-American woman to travel to the North Pole, has died, at age 88. In an interview in July, Hillary told Lauren Collins that she was dreaming of her next trip, to Russia, even though her health had not been good. "Dreams, even if they don’t come true, are important," she said. "Isn’t it great to maintain a dream or a memory? I can close my eyes and still see the wonderful mountains in Antarctica—contrary to public opinion, it is mountainous in places, and they’re blue-gray, and there’s the joy of silence.” Tap the link in our bio to read more. Photograph by Katja Heinemann / Alamy.
It is doubtful whether any novel has been more important to America’s female writers than “Little Women,” by Louisa May Alcott, who was born on this day in 1832. The book’s fans didn’t merely like it; it gave them a life, they said. Susan Sontag said in an interview that she would never have become a writer without the example of Jo March; In Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend,” the two child heroines have a shared copy of “Little Women” that finally crumbles from overuse. What is it about the March sisters that made their story such a smash hit? At the link in our bio, read more about Alcott and the enduring legacy of “Little Women.”
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"My father . . . loved books ravenously," Kathryn Schulz writes. "His always had a devoured look to them: scribbled on, folded over, cracked down the middle, liberally stained with coffee, Scotch, pistachio dust, and bits of the brightly colored shells of peanut M&M’s." At the link in our bio, read Schulz's ode to her father’s love of books, and his haphazard-looking organizational system for storing them.
Prepare yourself for the holiday season. #TNYcartoons
“Grow up in North Carolina and it’s hard to get too attached to a beach house, knowing, as you do, that’s it’s on borrowed time,” David Sedaris writes, in a new Personal History. “If the hurricane doesn’t come this autumn, it’ll likely come the next. The one that claimed our place—the Sea Section—in September of 2018, was Florence. Hugh was devastated, while my only thought was: What’s with the old-fashioned names? Irma, Agnes, Bertha, Floyd—they sound like finalists in a pinochle tournament. Isn’t it time for Hurricanes Madison and Skylar?” Tap the link in our bio to read Sedaris on storms, repairs, and family.
Popcorn has been a quintessential part of the American movie-theatre experience for decades. “They get you as soon as you walk in the door. It’s the smell,” one moviegoer said. To achieve the signature taste-bud-assailing butter flavor, cinemas use a product called Flavacol, a sandlike substance whose only resemblance to dairy is its paper-carton packaging. Flavacol is cheaper and easier to manipulate than real butter and the sodium content is stunning: in one teaspoon, there’s more than 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount. At the link in our bio, read more about popcorn's multisensory appeal. Produced by @lydiacornett and @vivianefeldman.
The list is in—our movies editor Richard Brody has finalized his top 27 films of the decade. (“I couldn’t cut further,” he writes.) “In reconsidering the decade’s films, I found that some of my own priorities and passions shifted." Tap the link in our bio to see what made the list.
A cartoon by Edward Frascino, from 1999. #TNYcartoons
What do you do when you have a dozen people over for dinner, the corn bread is burning, and the kitchen is a sweatbox? Find whiskey, Campari, and vermouth, and make yourself a Boulevardier. Tap the link in our bio to read @helenr on the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail. Photograph by Brent Hofacker / Alamy.
Our delightfully devious cryptic crossword is back. Unlike American-style crosswords, the cryptic, which is hugely popular in Britain, contains clues that are small puzzles in and of themselves. A cryptic clue consists of two elements: a definition of the answer (the so-called straight part), and a wordplay element that elliptically suggests the same answer (the cryptic portion). Want to take a whack at it? Swipe to see a cryptic clue, two hints, and its answer. Then tap the link in our bio for a guide to some of the common varieties of cryptic clues, plus, of course, more puzzles. We’ll send you off with one hint: start by identifying the straight part. Good luck! Videos by @sjwolansky and @chriskimfilm.
Ten days before the 2016 Presidential election, one of Facebook’s early investors, Roger McNamee, sent an e-mail to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg: “I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed.” McNamee—who now refers to Mark Zuckerberg as an “authoritarian”—is a divisive figure in Silicon Valley. To some, he has the gravitas of a man willing to admit that he was wrong. To others, having successfully ridden one wave, he is trying to ride another. Tap the link in our bio to read more about one of Silicon Valley’s most fervent critics.
Welcome to Thanksgiving week. #TNYcartoons
In the past five years, volunteers for the Parole Preparation Project have helped 149 people get out of prison. The organization works with “lifers”—individuals who are serving potential life sentences, most of whom have been convicted of murder or other acts of extreme violence—in advance of their parole hearings, where they are expected to speak openly about their crimes, take responsibility for them, and express remorse. At the link in our bio, read about the group of volunteers helping incarcerated people negotiate a system that is all but broken.
We just launched a brand-new augmented-reality experience featuring cartoons by @lianafinck, and @aparnapkin and @yoyofirestone are here to walk you through it. Tap the link in our bio to read more and get started. #AnimateObjects
.@jeremywins celebrates some small victories at the grocery store.
He will be instantly transported to the long-distant past. #TNYcartoons
The photographer @maisiecousins has always wanted to make a mess. Cousins’s photographs explore the body as a landscape for desire and, just as often, disgust. In her images, the decay is palpable: vegetables and fruit darken as they rot, and foods that you’d rather keep separate (shrimp heads, jello, rotting grapefruit) seem to slide around on top of one another. The smell at her shoots is sometimes awful, Cousins said. “I’ve retched. I like to leave the objects to do their thing for a couple of days, then I come back to them. I only have a short window before everything really rots.” At the link in our bio, see more of her visceral images of desire and decay.
Not long after Hitler came to power, in 1933, Germans began to have uncanny dreams about thought control and Nazi terrorism, and the writer Charlotte Beradt began to collect them. Like Svetlana Alexievich’s oral histories of postwar Soviet citizens, Beradt’s work uncovers the effects of authoritarian regimes on the collective unconscious. At the link in our bio, read about Beradt’s strange, enthralling book, “The Third Reich of Dreams,” which deserves revisiting today.