The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 90, No. 38, December 1

Bodyguard
BODYGUARDYao Ming the giraffe led a short, difficult life. He was born last year, at the Houston Zoo, and stood six feet two inches tall--average for a newborn giraffe, but hardly tall enough to reach the shoulders of his namesake, the skyscraping Chinese...
Brushfires
BRUSHFIRESAndris Nelsons energizes the Boston Symphony.On the podium, Nelsons, a galvanic young Latvian, lunges about uninhibitedly."There is a point in the perfection of artistic skills beyond which further progress is without artistic value," the composer...
Days in the Branch
DAYS IN THE BRANCHRemembering the South in the city.The author in Fairmont, in Robeson County, North Carolina, in the nineteen-fifties.Joseph Mitchell was born in 1908 into a prosperous family of North Carolina cotton and tobacco growers. At the age...
Grappling
GRAPPLINGDown on the mat, Atticus Lish writhed out of a choke hold. The bigger man, Rene Dreifuss, spun and grappled, maneuvering toward a guillotine grip--a clench of Lish's neck, with the crook of his arm squeezing the carotid arteries to cut off the...
Havel in Jerusalem
HAVEL IN JERUSALEMNot long after his unlikely rise from Czech prisoner to Czech President, Vaclav Havel paid a visit to Moscow. Until that moment, the leaders of Eastern and Central Europe had arrived at the gates of the Kremlin as little more than nerve-racked...
Just the Folks
JUST THE FOLKSEdward Albee's bad marriages. John Lithgow and Glenn Close as a couple in crisis in "A Delicate Balance."Blame it on Elizabeth Taylor. Her portrayal of Martha in Mike Nichols's 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee's 1962 early masterpiece,...
Keeping Secrets
KEEPING SECRETS"The Imitation Game" and "The Babadook."Nobody knows who first compared Benedict Cumberbatch to Sid the sloth, from "Ice Age," but, the more you inspect the resemblance, the better it gets. Ever the good sport, Cumberbatch has owned up...
Mom Friends
MOM FRIENDSTwo mothers from Montclair, New Jersey, piled into a black Volvo on a recent rainy evening and drove forty-five minutes to a lonely street in Gowa nus. "It's a good night for being inside making friends, right?" Hillary Frank (mother of Sasha,...
Tables for Two: Shun Lee West
TABLES FOR TWO SHUN LEE WEST43 W. 65th St. (212-595-8895) If movies, as Martin scorsese once put it, "fulfill a spiritual need that people have to share a common memory," so, too, do restaurants, especially when they manage to stick around for decades...
The Climb
THE CLIMBOn a recent Sunday morning, Elisha Almonte, a sixteen-year-old honors student at the High School for Teaching and the Professions, in the Bronx, waited with her father, Beethoven Almonte, at his apartment, for a car to pick her up and take her...
The Excrement Experiment
THE EXCREMENT EXPERIMENTTreating disease with fecal transplants.One morning last fall, Jon Ritter, an architectural historian living in Greenwich Village, woke to find an e-mail from a neighbor, who had an unusual request. "Hi Jon, This is Tom Gravel,...
The Great Paper Caper
THE GREAT PAPER CAPERSomeone swiped Justice Frankfurter's papers. What else has gone missing?The Supreme Court has no policies for preserving the papers of its Justices.The biggest heist in the history of the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division,...
The Quiet German
THE QUIET GERMANThe astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.Asummer afternoon at the Reichstag. Soft Berlin light filters down through the great glass dome, past tourists ascending the spiral ramp, and into the main hall...
The Sound of Sweden
THE SOUND OF SWEDENWho rules the pop charts? Swedes.Tove Lo's songs are of the moment: simple, spare, electronic, and unfussy.Do you like Swedish pop music? The answer is probably yes, even if you can't name a single artist born in Sweden. Do you like...
When G.M. Was Google
WHEN G.M. WAS GOOGLEThe art of the corporate devotional.One Friday afternoon a dozen years ago, Larry Page, one of the founders of Google, posted on the wall of the office kitchen a printed-out screenshot of Google ad results, with "These Ads Suck!"...
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