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Annals of Inquiry

A History of the Influencer, from Shakespeare to Instagram

For centuries, influencers have been forcing us to admit an uncomfortable truth: we are neither entirely self-determining nor self-contained.

News Desk

Twenty Years After Columbine

Physicians speak out about treating the victims of mass shootings.

Dispatch

Bernie Sanders’s Electability Tour

The candidate makes a Midwest bid for front-runner status.

Poems

Poetry Feature: Kaveh Akbar’s “The Palace”

A poet considers America, and what it means to call a country home.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a daily poem from the New Yorker poetry bot.

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An Elegy for the Jewish Retirees of Miami Beach

The photographer Andy Sweet’s images of Miami Beach in the seventies show that there can be, even in one’s later years, a distinct enjoyment to be found in the body and in the brilliant world around it.

A Reporter at Large

Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret

The U.S. military prison’s leadership considered Mohamedou Salahi to be its highest-value detainee. But his guard suspected otherwise.

Q. & A.

Did the Mueller Report Go Far Enough?

Katyal, who helped draft the special-counsel regulations in 1999, discusses what Mueller was trying to convey in the obstruction section of his report and the significance of Barr’s dishonesty about it.

The Front Row

The Making of a Film that Anticipated a Real-Life Disaster

The documentary, made by Godard’s nephew, shows the making of “Film Socialisme,” which was shot on a cruise liner that later ran aground, off the coast of Italy.

Letter from Trump’s Washington

The Mueller Report Is a Damning Portrayal of Trump’s Presidency

The special counsel’s investigation has given us one of the most damning insider portrayals of a White House ever.

Puzzles Dept.

The Weekend Crossword

Rachel who played Debbie Downer on “S.N.L.”: six letters.

The Latest

Emerging Fields in Artificial Intelligence

Automated Web-series creation, deep text-message analysis, and other developments in machine learning.

April 21, 2019

Mario Benedetti’s Wise, Lonely Novel about Political Exile

In style and structure, “Springtime in a Broken Mirror” reproduces the isolation that its characters feel.

April 21, 2019

The Week Beyond Mueller and Trump

After a particularly tumultuous few days, we’re highlighting significant pieces of reporting and writing that have nothing to do with the special counsel’s investigation.

April 20, 2019

A Brief Survey of the Photographer’s Life and Work

He began exhibiting pictures of his cockapoo staring quizzically into the camera at the hashtags #cutedogs and #boringwalls, spaces in which he could freely experiment.

April 20, 2019

In “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” Taylor Mac Takes on Shakespeare—and Trump

The play is willing to experiment a way out of our current mess by turning Shakespearean tragedy over to the lowly workers who don’t usually get to speak its verse or shape its politics.

April 20, 2019
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Vince Aletti’s Obsessive Collection of Seminal Fashion Magazines

The critic owns thousands and thousands of magazines, which are the basis for a new book, fittingly called “Issues,” which highlights the volumes that he feels exist at the highest intersection of art and commerce.

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From This Week’s Issue
Tables for Two

A Famous Chicago Burger Comes to New York

Au Cheval specializes in a decadent, egg-topped patty, but the real draw is the fried-bologna sandwich, which could single-handedly redeem the oft-spurned deli meat.

Books

Man, Woman, and Robot in Ian McEwan’s New Novel

“Machines Like Me” is a retrofuturist drama that takes on the ethics of both artificial intelligence and all-too-human intimacy.

Upstanding Dept.

Ramy Youssef’s Sort-of-Sacred Standup

The comedian, whose sitcom premières this week, on Hulu, jokes about everything from R. Kelly to Ramadan.

Fiction

“Cut”

“Peggy winced a little, as it seemed as though the rip were actively ripping, the cut creeping up toward her belly.”

Our Columnists

The Mueller Report Is Clear: Trump Tried to Obstruct Justice

The report contains considerable evidence that Trump attempted to obstruct justice, and it dismisses some of the possible defenses for his efforts to influence the Russia investigation.

Donald Trump’s Brush with Accountability

Mueller’s prosecutorial demurral doesn’t mean that the President is above the law.

The Hustlers and Swindlers of the Mueller Report

Rather than the story of a single crime masterminded by a single actor or entity, this is the story of many grifters, each running his own scheme.

The “Witch Hunt” Lives: Trump and the Unending Investigation

Will history remember the Russia investigation as a hoax or as a genuine scandal?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias

“From their obsession with fact-checking to their relentless attacks on falsehoods, the media have made no secret of their bias,” Sanders said. “It’s open season on liars in America.”

“The Curse of La Llorona” Exemplifies the Problem with Genre

The film’s symbolic and emblematic moments put it ahead of many movies of greater prestige and artistic renown, but they’re pinned to a fragile framework.

Podcasts

Trouble at the N.R.A., and the Green New Deal on the Rise

An insider describes how financial problems came to threaten the gun organization’s survival; and a reality check on the most ambitious climate proposal ever brought to Congress.

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