The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 91, No. 19, 2015

Bird's-Eye View
BIRD'S-EYE VIEWMark Vanhoenacker became a pilot late, after descents into academia and management consulting, but he became a pilot, steering Airbuses among the capitals of Europe, before he became a writer. In 2008, having logged more than three thousand...
Doll Parts
DOLL PARTS"UnREAL" deconstructs "The Bachelor."The pilot for Lifetime's "UnREAL" culminates in an act of manipulation so skilled that the villains of "Dangerous Liaisons" might hiss in envy. Rachel (Shiri Appleby), a producer on a "The Bachelor"-like...
Five Hostages
FIVE HOSTAGESFamilies whose children were held captive in Syria felt that U.S. officials had abandoned them. So they secretly joined forces.Five American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a vast dining table at the home...
Gigs with Benefits
GIGS WITH BENEFITSIf someone uses Uber to get to the airport, is the driver an Uber employee, or an independent contractor using Uber to find customers? For companies in the so-called sharing economy--Lyft, Postmates, TaskRabbit, Instacart, and so on--there...
June, Moon, Tune
JUNE, MOON, TUNEWhat is this thing called love?On a freezing noon hour in April, people gather in Central Park, as they do each year, to read and listen to Shakespeare's sonnets, complete, out loud, and in sequence. Together, the readers narrate, episodically,...
Last Battles
LAST BATTLESCHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINAIn some future footnote or parenthetical aside, it may be observed that although General Robert E. Lee surrendered in 1865, the Confederacy's final retreat did not occur until a century and a half later. The rearguard...
Layup
LAYUPThe list of athletes who act is long, the reviews mixed. Kareem stole "Airplane!," Shaq made "Kazaam," and, somewhere in between, Michael Jordan, in "Space Jam," was the best human actor in the scenes he shared with Bugs Bunny. "The challenge is...
Outsiders
OUTSIDERSThe Ojai Music Festival.The percussionist Steven Schick is one of the supreme living virtuosos.At first glance, it is a mystery how the prosperously rustic town of Ojai, California, came to host one of the world's great festivals of modern music....
Revenge Killing
REVENGE KILLINGRace and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish.The Caddo Parish D.A. recently told a reporter, "I think we need to kill more people."A week after his son turned one, Rodricus Crawford woke up a few minutes before 7 A.M. on the left side...
Tables for Two: The Four Horsemen
TABLES FOR TWO THE FOUR HORSEMENOpen daily for dinner. Plates $13-$20.295 Grand St., Brooklyn (718-599-4900) "If I could see all my friends tonight," James Murphy sang once, or rather, many times, at the end of the biggest song on LCD Soundsystem's biggest...
The Higher Life
THE HIGHER LIFEA mindfulness guru for the tech set.Andy Puddicombe's iPhone app, Headspace, teaches meditation to digital burnouts.Last April, in New York City, three thousand people gathered for THRIVE, yet another TED-style ideas conference offering...
The Horde
THE HORDE"The cane is good," Twyla Tharp said to a middle-aged man who had presented himself for her inspection. He was one of some hundred people of varying ages and shapes who showed up at a storefront space in Battery Park City on a humid Saturday...
The System
THE SYSTEMA sprawling novel about the war on drugs.Don Winslow's long, ambitious saga is set largely among clashing Mexican cartels.On September 6, 2006, a score of masked gunmen stormed into a night club in Uruapan, Michoacan, fired at the ceiling,...
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