The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 24, 2012

Biang!
If restaurants were rock bands, a food-loving musician suggested recently, Xi'an Famous Foods might be Nirvana circa 1991, the year punk broke. For years, this food stall in a basement mall, serving western-Chinese food, was Flushing's most famous underground...
Big Med
It was Saturday night, and I was at the local Cheesecake Factory with my two teen-age daughters and three of their friends. You may know the chain: a hundred and sixty restaurants with a catalogue-like menu that, when I did a count, listed three hundred...
Downsizing Supersize
In an era of political polarization, Michael Bloomberg has the rare ability to come up with policies that enrage everyone. His latest pet project--banning large sodas, as a way of fighting obesity in New York--has been ridiculed by both Jon Stewart and...
Globe-Trotter
Even the most avid Anglophile could tire of Pimm's cups and Union Jacks in the course of two weeks. By the time the Olympic cauldron is snuffed, on August 12th, London expects to have hosted half a million foreign visitors, from more than two hundred...
I, Nephi
Stereotypes and pigeonholes can, in a stable multiethnic society, act as sanctuaries as much as cells. In the heyday of urban ethnic immigration, even anti-Semites allowed that Jews were good at selling drygoods and producing movies, just as Irish Catholics...
Medals and Marketing
What was billed as the biggest showdown of the London Olympic Games almost never came to pass. During the third leg of the morning qualifying heat in the four-hundred-metre individual medley, swimming's quadrathlon, Michael Phelps, the great American...
My Strange Addiction
It would be neglectful for this critic to write about the CBS reality series "Big Brother," now in its fourteenth season, without making a troubling confession: twelve years ago, I was a Web watcher. This means that I didn't merely watch "Big Brother"...
Platform
Forty summers ago, the Democratic Party convened in Miami Beach and, in even more unruly than usual fashion, nominated George McGovern as its Presidential candidate. On Tuesday, July 11, 1972, the second night of the Convention, those delegates who had...
Running Men
In "The Bourne Legacy," the screenwriter and director Tony Gilroy has given additional life to the restless franchise by coming up with a new running man, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Like Jason Bourne, Cross is an unstoppable black-ops hard-ass who...
Sloganeering
Until recently, Mitt Romney didn't really have a campaign slogan--at least, not one that most voters knew. His best effort was "Believe in America," a faintly passive-aggressive commandment (with its implicit indictment of all the unbelievers) that sounded...
Souvenirs
Catherine and Edward Hayner, of Harrison, New Jersey, were not exactly Bonnie and Clyde, although their love was burnished with a crime. On June 25, 1949, after a wedding at the town's Holy Cross Church and before a honeymoon in Lake George, Tot and...
Sporting Chance
Imran Khan, who once ruled the sport of cricket from Karachi to Lord's, and whose love life was chronicled with the attention now accorded Brangelina, is in contention to rule the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Khan makes for an unusual politician--a...
Total Recall
Walter Benjamin, in his great essay "The Storyteller," written in the nineteen-thirties, argues that classic storytelling is structured around death. It is the fire at which listeners warm their hands. But these days, he suggests, that hearth is cold...
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