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The “anti-natalist” philosopher David Benatar believes that life is so painful that human beings should stop having children for reasons of compassion. Tap the link in our bio to read Joshua Rothman on the world's most pessimistic philosopher.
In 2015, a group of women in Georgia set up a fund, called Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, to help black women and girls seeking abortions in the Deep South, where restrictive legislation has limited reproductive freedom for generations. “It’s not because it’s cute or because it’s sexy or because Stacey Abrams said ‘reproductive justice’ in the State of the Union response,” one of the founders said. “It’s because it’s real.” Tap the link in our bio to learn more about the fight for abortion access in the South, and how activists are finding ways to help women in need. Photograph by Andrew Lyman for The New Yorker.
John Seabrook was typing an e-mail to his son, planning to write, “I am pleased,” when Gmail’s Smart Compose feature suggested an alternative message: “I am proud of you.” “Wow, I don’t say that enough,” Seabrook thought. He sent it. “Sitting there at the keyboard, I could feel the uncanny valley prickling my neck. It wasn’t that Smart Compose had guessed correctly where my thoughts were headed. . . . The creepy thing was that the machine was more thoughtful than I was.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about how predictive-text technology could transform the future of the written word.
A Trumpian tantrum. #TNYcartoons
Tap the link in our bio to read a new short story by Joyce Carol Oates, about a fictional town in the Hudson Valley where residents have suffered from a series of natural disasters and medical issues. “Damnation in the present comes in the form of imminent environmental collapse and personal health issues,” Oates told our fiction editor.
The Trump marionette. #TNYcartoons
Amazon’s obsession with expansion has made it the corporate equivalent of a colonizer, ruthlessly invading new industries and subjugating some smaller companies. Executives know that politicians and outsiders want Amazon to change, but Jeff Bezos refuses to slow down. “What has made us great for so long is suddenly being seen as something we ought to be ashamed of!” one executive said, with barely suppressed resentment. Tap the link in our bio to read Charles Duhigg on Bezos and the Amazon empire. Illustration by @toddstjohn.
In August of 1938, the writer Haruki Murakami’s father was studying to become a Buddhist priest when he was drafted into the Japanese Army. “His unit was constantly on the move, clashing with Chinese troops and guerrillas who put up a fierce resistance,” Murakami writes. “In every way imaginable, this was the opposite of life in a peaceful temple in the Kyoto hills.” He sought consolation in writing haikus. “Things he never could have written in his letters, or they wouldn’t have made it past the censors, he put into the form of haiku—expressing himself in a symbolic code, as it were—where he was able to honestly bare his true feelings.” Tap the link in our bio for Murakami’s collected remembrances of his father, who died in 2008, at the age of 90.
The subway rules don’t apply to the President. #TNYcartoons
Nietzsche’s philosophy has affected everyday discourse and modern political reality like few bodies of thought before it. His ideas have proven difficult to pin down: he raged against democracy and egalitarianism, but also against nationalism and anti-Semitism; he is quoted in the chat rooms of the far right, and he also surfaces in leftist discussions about the future of democracy. At the link in our bio, read about how Nietzsche continues to inspire thinkers from across the political spectrum. Illustration by @strautniekas; photograph from Hulton Archive / Getty.
Mail carriers in France have taken on a new responsibility: checking in on the elderly. A service run by the national postal service called Veiller Sur Mes Parents (“Watch Over My Parents”) enlists postal workers to check in on elderly and vulnerable residents. At the end of each visit, the elderly person signs the mail carrier’s tablet, providing proof of life as though accepting a package. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Photographs by @matthew_avignone for The New Yorker.
In the course of his reporting on Harvey Weinstein, in 2017, @RonanFarrow received a mysterious message from Sleeper1973, via an encrypted-messaging service. “Hello mutual friend,” it read. “Attached you’ll find new information concerning the HW&BC affair. Best, cryptoadmin.” Attached was an extensive record of the private-intelligence agency Black Cube’s work for Harvey Weinstein. “For a reporter, there are few things more valuable than an inside source—a whistle-blower who feels ethically compelled to expose an operation from within,” Ronan Farrow writes. Tap the link in our bio to read the third installment of the Black Cube Chronicles, drawn from Farrow’s forthcoming book, “Catch and Kill.”
On the Internet, “cursed energy” has long referred to creepy or disturbing images—a photo of ramen being cooked in Mountain Dew; a golden retriever smiling with a full set of human teeth; a swarm of patio-invading badgers. A million images have been labelled #cursed on Instagram; nearly two hundred thousand have been labelled #cursedmemes. "In the words of Democratic Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, a 'dark psychic force' is hovering over America," @jiatortellini writes. "It’s kind of funny, this cursed feeling, or it’s kind of cursed that we need it to be funny." Tap the link in our bio to read Tolentino how on "cursed" has come to signify increasingly generalized feelings of anxiety and malaise.
A cartoon by @dsipress. #TNYcartoons
In May, 2017, the actress Rose McGowan met with a woman who called herself Diana Filip. As the two became close, they began to discuss McGowan’s allegations against Harvey Weinstein. During one of their emotional heart-to-hearts, McGowan told Filip that there was no one else in the world she could trust—but Filip was not who she claimed to be. At the link in our bio, read @ronanfarrow on how a spy working to befriend journalists and their sources on behalf of Weinstein was unmasked.
Donald Trump interviews for a new job. #TNYcartoons
In 2018, Ronan Farrow met the private investigator Igor Ostrovskiy in the basement of a restaurant. Ostrovskiy slid a phone across the table and motioned for Farrow to swipe through the pictures on it. “There was my block, my front door, my superintendent,” Farrow writes. Ostrovskiy, an operative hired to work on an assignment from the Israeli private-intelligence agency Black Cube, had been tasked with tracking Farrow’s movements. When the surveillance tactics escalated, Ostrovskiy had misgivings. “I fear that it may be illegal,” he told Farrow. At the link in our bio, read the first of three excerpts from Ronan Farrow’s new book, on how two operatives became embroiled in an international plot to suppress sexual-assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Illustration by @strautniekas.
This week's cover, "Inside Baseball," by Edward Steed. #TNYcovers
When you think of a famous building, you’re often thinking of a famous photograph. Ezra Stoller, who photographed many modern American buildings built between 1940 and 1989, is known for turning buildings into monuments. His architectural photography influenced not just how buildings were seen but how they were conceived. Tap the link in our bio to see more. Photographs by Ezra Stoller (@stollerized) / Courtesy Esto
A cartoon by Robert Leighton. #TNYcartoons
The new "Joker" movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has trailed clouds of controversy. How does the film measure up to all the pre-launch discussion? Tap the link in our bio to read Anthony Lane's review. Illustration by @zoharlazar.
At some point in the past year Instagram stars began interrupting their otherwise aspirational feeds with a very specific type of revelation—posts that could be described as the “getting real” moments. Some were highly specific and heavy, others vague and lighthearted. I have been living a lie, the Instagrammers explain, as if their followers had been naive enough to take prior posts at face value. Tap the link in our bio to read Carrie Battan on “relatability,” Tavi Gevinson's recent essay in @theCut, and the sudden clamor to embrace messiness.
There is one reason to visit an orchard, and it is *not* apples. #TNYcartoons
The night before she was to move out of the apartment she shared with her husband—the grandson of the sheriff and a police officer himself—Jessica Lester was shot. Despite evidence to the contrary, police concluded that her wounds were self-inflicted. What really happened? Read the story at the link in our bio.
“It’s like the sun-comin’-up-in-the-morning kind of thing,” Brian (Rizzo) Frankel, the lighting technician for “Hamilton,” says about stage lighting. “It brings everything to life. Sets the mood for the day.” Rizzo has worked at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, “Hamilton” ’s home, for the past four years. “Hamilton” is a special thing, he says. “Having a standing ovation every night? For four years straight? You know, they’re seeing history.” Tap the link in our bio for a behind-the-scenes look at “Hamilton” through the eyes of a stagehand. Video produced by @dominiquehessert.
After the mentalist Derren Brown walked barefoot across broken bottles onstage, apparently without bleeding or feeling pain, Adam Green visited his dressing room to talk. As Green stood there, Brown picked glass out of his foot. "I wondered whether these glass splinters were really from earlier or if he was just treating me to an extra layer of deception,” Green said. “Fourteen years later, I’m still not sure.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about Brown’s mind-bending work, the decades he’s spent honing his mysterious methods, and his upcoming Broadway début. Illustration by @petraerikssonstudio.
Leaf-peeping during the fall of civilization. #TNYcartoons
Between 1970 and 2016, the year the American Society of News Editors quit counting, 500 or so dailies went out of business; the rest cut news coverage, or shrank the paper’s size, or stopped producing a print edition. Even veterans of august and still thriving papers are worried, especially about the fake news that’s risen from the ashes of the dead news. Where will the industry go from here? Tap the link in our bio to read Jill Lepore on the journalism of the future.
Are you very organized? @cartoonamy gets it.
“She vowed to never again give up her power. To never again freely give away something as precious as a haircut.” Read a new short story by @reeamilcarscott, about a woman named Tiny who opens a barber shop in a town afflicted by what has come to be known as the Great Hair Crisis. Photograph by Nakeya Brown for The New Yorker.
Goodnight Instagram. #TNYcartoons
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The aliens weigh in. #TNYcartoons
Last month, millions of children took to the streets to protest the world's inaction on climate change. Swipe through to see some of their protest signs, and tap the link in our bio for more. Collected by @mmuseumm.
Meet Thomas Joshua Cooper, a photographer who has spent three decades attempting to traverse the coastal perimeter of the Atlantic Ocean. On his journey, he has fallen into quicksand, tumbled from peaks, sailed into a cyclone, and been shot at. At times, he has risked his life to protect his camera—a wooden box made in 1898, which he refers to as his “baby.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about the photographer whose motto is “death or picture.” Photographs by @jfpetersphoto.
Three years ago, the conservative congressman Mark Meadows sold property in Colorado to a Christian nonprofit dedicated to promoting young-Earth creationism. The sale of the land, which happens to be a rich site for finding dinosaur bones (pictured above), was not noted on Meadows’s congressional financial disclosures. Why didn’t he disclose the sale? At the link in our bio, Charles Bethea goes digging on the congressman’s commitment to, and entanglement with, the contentious and controversial world of creationist paleontology. Photograph Courtesy Joe Taylor.
A cartoon by @b_loper. #TNYcartoons
It’s that time again, when you look in the mirror, question every decision you’ve ever made, and then ask yourself, "Should I get bangs?" Tap the link in our bio for a helpful questionnaire to guide you to the right answer.
Around 11 P.M., Jessica Lester and Matthew Boynton’s neighbors heard two gunshots and saw Matthew leave their apartment. At 12:45 A.M., Matthew called E.M.S. “Can you please dispatch a unit out to my location?” he said calmly, and explained that his wife was having suicidal thoughts. Soon after, he reported on his police radio that he had heard gunshots as he was approaching his home. Officers found Jessica in their bedroom closet, bleeding and unconscious, with Matthew’s service gun under her stomach. Three weeks later, she woke from a coma and insisted that she had never had thoughts of harming herself. At the link in our bio, read Rachel Aviv on Jessica’s case and the intersection of domestic violence and law enforcement. Photograph by @dannasinger for The New Yorker.
In the winter months, communities close to the North Pole experience a phenomenon known as polar night: a period of uninterrupted darkness. In Utqiagvik, Alaska, this lasts for approximately two months of the year. “Landing, it looked like we were dropping down onto the moon,” the photographer @mahaney_mark said of his recent trip there. In his photographs of the city, living things barely make an appearance, though there are hints of humanity. See more at the link in our bio. Photographs by Mark Mahaney.
Hearing “Paradise Lost” read aloud had a physical effect on the author Philip Pullman. “My skin bristled and my heart beat faster,” he said of listening to the poem while in school. Years later, he took Milton as his muse for His Dark Materials, his renowned trilogy. At the link in our bio, he discusses returning to the world of “The Golden Compass,” the vital importance of fiction, and his admiration for Dwayne (the Rock) Johnson.
No other movie has captured the national mood in the year preceding the Great Recession quite like “Hustlers.” The movie’s tone and the themes are signalled by the soundtrack, which, like the costuming, immerses you in the temporal setting: if you’re above a certain age, 2007 is recent enough to feel like yesterday, until you see Destiny, played by Constance Wu, in a bedazzled top from Bebe and hear the sound of Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.” At the link in our bio, read @jiatortellini on what the music in “Hustlers” evokes and her surprisingly emotional reaction to hearing Usher’s “Love in This Club” play.
The photographer Mitch Epstein’s new work makes headline-grabbing themes feel at once urgent and timeless. Majestic scenes of the Petrified Forest National Park and the Sonoran Desert, both current targets of fracking and mining, evoke 19th-century images by the photographer Carleton Watkins; a sweeping 2017 view of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation may stir thoughts of the 1565 painting "The Hunters in the Snow." See more at the link in our bio. Photographs by Mitch Epstein / Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
When Pier Giu­lianotti observed operations as a medical student, he thought, “Surely there is a more artistic way to interact with the human body.” Then, he discovered robot-assisted surgery. In the past 20 years, he has performed roughly 3,000 procedures with the aid of a multi-armed, one-and-a-half-­million-dollar device named the da Vinci. But despite the enthusiasm of Giu­lianotti and other practitioners, many members of the American surgical community remain skeptical. At the link in our bio, read about the potentially revolutionary procedure, and why it has failed to catch on in the medical establishment. Illustration by @elenaxausa.
Fall has officially begun. #TNYcartoons
In the latest episode of the New Yorker Radio Hour, Cory Booker discusses his Presidential campaign and the importance of empathy in the era of Trump. Tap the link in our bio to listen.
In 2013, when she was 25, Anna Wiener left publishing and took her first job in tech. “I was making $75,000 a year,” she writes. “It felt like getting away with something.” But, after four years, Wiener developed misgivings about Silicon Valley’s accelerating colonization of art, work, and everyday life. “By the time I started looking for other jobs, I considered my blind faith in ambitious, aggressive, arrogant young men from America’s soft suburbs a personal pathology,” she writes. “But it wasn’t personal at all; it had become a global affliction.” Tap the link in our bio for more.
An early look at next week's cover, "Whack Job," by Barry Blitt. #TNYcovers
Nancy Pelosi speaks with David Remnick about her decision to endorse an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. “He could violate our Constitution, the integrity of our elections, and dishonor his oath of office, as he did in that call, and think that nobody cares,” she said. “He has given us no choice. Politics has nothing to do with impeachment in my view.” At the link in our bio, Pelosi discusses why she has changed course, what she thinks about the potential backlash, and her phone call with the President earlier this week.
What if you could Marie Kondo your emotional life? “My father taught me that the past, all of it, belongs in boxes,” the filmmaker Sindha Agha says. In an animated personal essay, Agha explores her relationship to “stuff” and her parents’ philosophies on ownership and loss. Tap the link in our bio to watch. Video written and directed by @Sindhas, illustrated by @joannaneborsky, and animated by @palfiorova.