Since 1925. Tap the link below to read more about any photo.
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The young Swiss photographer @senta .simond shoots her subjects in natural light, but it’s the platonic-erotic bonds of close friendship that give them their particular glow. Her subjects are women she knows, in non-studio settings, and she seeks out plain white backgrounds to position them against. This sense of familiarity and trust is what makes her images so transfixing—they are images that once upon a time might’ve been said to smack of the male gaze. Tap the link in our bio for more.
We say that we “decide” to get married, to have children, to live in particular cities or embark on particular careers, and in a sense this is true. But how do we actually make those choices? Tap the link in our bio to read more.
A record of today's apologies, so far. Tap the link in our bio to see more. We couldn't fit them all here. Sorry.
An early look at next week’s cover, “All That Money Can Buy," by Barry Blitt.
"My God," said one former colleague of Dan Mallory, the author of the best-selling thriller "The Woman in the Window," when our reporter called. "I knew I’d get this call. I didn’t know if it would be you or the F.B.I." Tap the link in our bio to read about the mysterious life of the best-selling novelist whose former associates described him as charming, performative—and deeply unnerving.
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The Borowitz Report: Shortly after the Democratic Presidential debate on Wednesday night, aides to Michael Bloomberg announced that he would spend $10 billion to buy an entirely new personality. “In a perfect world, spending $10 billion on a new personality would make Mike an appealing person, but we’ll be happy with ‘not an asshole,’ ” one aide said. Tap the link in our bio to read the whole story, and follow @borowitzreport for more.
Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. All day, you get e-mails about “consumer intimacy” (oh, boy ); “all hands” (whose hands? ); and the new expense-reporting software, which requires that all receipts be mounted on paper, scanned, and uploaded to a server that rejects them, since you failed to pre-file the crucial post-travel form. If you’re lucky, bullshit of this genre consumes only a few hours of your normal workweek. If you’re among the millions of less fortunate Americans, it is the basis of your entire career. At the link in our bio, read Nathan Heller on what one anthropologist calls the “useless jobs that no one wants to talk about.”
"You know, Mr. Bloomberg, maybe it wasn’t you who made all that money," Bernie Sanders said, at tonight’s Democratic debate. "Maybe your workers played a part in that as well." Tonight was Mayor Bloomberg’s first appearance in a Presidential debate.
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What if our political leaders were chosen at random, as with jury duty, to solve problems and direct the nation for a fixed period of time? Every now and then, your number comes up, and you’re obliged to do your civic duty by serving in a legislative body. When your term is up, you return to your normal life. You’re even well-compensated for your time in service, as in the model of generous parental leave. Would it work? What would be better or worse about such a system? Tap the link in our bio to read about the political scientist who is exploring the idea of “open democracy.” Illustration by @ohrosewong .
The popularity of astrology is often explained as a result of the decline of organized religion and the rise of economic precariousness—but that’s not the full story. What makes it so appealing in our present moment? Tap the link in our bio to read about why so many millennials are turning to the stars.
“Being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from," Toni Morrison said, in 2003. "It doesn’t limit my imagination; it expands it." At the link in our bio, read Hilton Als on the legacy of Toni Morrison, who was born on this day in 1931.
The “Downhill” stars Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, and Zoe Chao teamed up to tackle our Cartoon Caption Contest. Watch the full video at the link in our bio.
Jean Bellini is a nun who believes that God made us free, and that we’ve used our freedom poorly: we’ve used it to create colonialism, capitalism, and other systems that exploit the poor and reward the rich. She also believes that God gives everyone a vocation, and hers is to help others help themselves; since 1976, she has been living in Brazil, aiding the country’s rural poor. At the link in our bio, read about the anti-capitalist nun working to guide those who have been denied their share of the Earth. Photograph by @gabi .portilho for The New Yorker.
The environmental damage caused by Britain’s intensive agriculture has only recently been properly understood: researchers found that 60 per cent of the more than 3,000 species they were studying were in decline, and more than half of farmland birds have disappeared in the past 50 years. Jake Fiennes’s approach to farming aims to counteract this. He believes that farmers must cultivate as much as they can on their land—fungi for the soil, grasses for the pollinators, weeds for the insects, insects for the birds—for the long-term goals of environmental restoration and food production. “How do we feed the nine billion?” Fiennes asked. “We feed them through functioning ecosystems.” At the link in our bio, read about the man whose understanding of nature could change how Britain uses its land. Photograph by @siandavey1 for The New Yorker.
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When we ardently hope that the lives of people we love will go on and on, we don’t really want them to be eternal—we simply want those lives to last “for a longer time,” the atheist thinker Martin Hägglund argues. To live our best lives, we must admit that our real concerns and values are grounded in frailty and finitude. At the link in our bio, read why Hägglund believes we should trust in ourselves rather than put our faith in a transcendent rescue from the joy and pain of existence.
Our Presidents' week sale is here. Save 50 per cent and get a free, 95th-anniversary tote. Sale offer valid in the U.S. and internationally. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. Questions? Contact customer service at 1-800-825-2510 or NYRcustserv @cdsfulfillment .com.
Haruki Murakami, whose most recent short story was featured in this week’s Anniversary Issue, reflects on adolescence, memory, and the genesis of his writing. “I tend to be drawn to what’s missing,” he told our fiction editor. “Something that should be there isn’t, someone who should be there isn’t. And that’s when the story begins.” Read the full interview at the link in our bio.
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After the First World War, traumatized soldiers returning home from the front were often prescribed a course of reading. Later in the century, bibliotherapy was used in hospitals and libraries, and has more recently been taken up by psychologists, social and aged-care workers, and doctors as a viable mode of therapy. Tap the link in our bio to read (! ) more about exactly why and how books can be good for your mental health and relationships with others.