California faces a megafire crisis. Six of the 10 worst fires in the state’s history have occurred in the past 18 months, and last year’s fire season was the deadliest and most destructive on record. Experts have warned that this year’s season could be even worse. Can a trailblazing new plan reduce fire risk fast enough? Tap the link in our bio to read more. Photograph by Kevin Cooley for The New Yorker.
New Yorker food writer @helenr is hot for the Popeyes fried-chicken sandwich: "Together, the elements of the sandwich are so perfectly balanced that they meld into one another to form a new, entirely coherent whole," she writes. Tap the link in our bio to read about how Popeyes became a worthy challenger to the hegemony of Chik-fil-A.
By D. A. Powell, in this week's issue of the magazine. Tap the link in our bio to read the full poem.
What is it like to live day by day on a climatic knife’s edge? In @anasamoylova’s “FloodZone,” her photographs of Miami explore not catastrophe but the subtler signs of what awaits people living along shorelines. “There is something very American in the stubborn will to build cities here, and something equally American in continuing to be stubborn in the face of change,” David Campany writes about the collection at the link in our bio.
This week's cover, “Sea Changes," by Edward Steed. #TNYcovers
As the strawberry industry shrinks, with fewer fields under cultivation, blush-colored rosé berries are coasting to Instagram fame. “Does it feel like the pink glow before the gloom? In a way, it does,” Dana Goodyear writes. Tap the link in our bio to read more about the pink moment that is casting end times in a soft light. Photograph Courtesy Driscoll's.
“Peanuts,” Charles Schulz once said, “deals in defeat.” At its core, the comic parses existential angst, strip by strip—not Cold War anxiety, a cloud under which “Peanuts” developed and flourished, but the garden-variety anxieties found in everyday life. At the link in our bio, read Nicole Rudick on the beloved strip, which continues to astonish readers to this day with its thoughtful examination of humanity.
The Trump Administration has found a new target: endangered species. A recently finalized overhaul of the 1973 Endangered Species Act will reduce protections for endangered and threatened species, while making it easier for companies to build mines and roads, and to drill for oil and gas, on critical habitat. Meanwhile, a recent United Nations report found that climate change threatens a million more species with extinction. Tap the link in our bio to read about the importance of protecting and strengthening the act, which has saved more than 200 species from extinction in its 45-year history. Photograph from Dukas Presseagentur / Alamy.
In the magazine, Cyrus Grace Dunham writes about the experience of transitioning: “I choose to move toward something like manhood—a concept in which my belief ﬂickers—because, for reasons I still do not know, it makes me feel closer to earth, to everyone and everything else in the dust.” Tap the link in our bio to read an excerpt from Dunham’s upcoming memoir, “A Year Without a Name.”
Here's why Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland. #TNYcartoons
George Saunders’s short story from this week’s issue was partially inspired by something he witnessed at a Trump rally in Phoenix. “I saw these two otherwise nice-seeming middle-aged guys, one pro-Trump, one anti-Trump, just bellowing at each other, both using stock phrases that they seemed to have picked up from their respective TV networks,” he said. “It was sad and nightmarish.” The story follows a man known as 89, who has lost his memories and grasp of language after being “reprogrammed” and deployed as a political protester. Read Saunders’s new work of fiction in full at the link in our bio. Photograph by @oliverchanarin for The New Yorker.
At least it's not Monday. #TNYcartoons
In his new book, “How to Be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi argues that racism can be objectively identified, and therefore fought, and one day vanquished. The cure, he thinks, will start with policies, not ideas—and he argues that we should think of “racist” not as a pejorative but as a simple, widely encompassing term of description. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Illustration by @na_son; photograph from EyeEm / Getty.
An updated poem for the Statue of Liberty. #TNYcartoons
Going to sleep isn’t always a simple process, and it seems to have grown more problematic in recent years. Why are we so bad at sleeping? Tap the link in our bio to read more.
"It's called a climate crisis, in case you haven't already heard." #TNYcartoons
We’re accustomed to seeing Julia Child—who was born on this day in 1912—hooting over a slippery chicken in the kitchen. But in a book of photographs taken by her husband, Paul Child, we see her through his lens—sunbathing on a rooftop, laughing, or arranging a picnic. He can’t keep his eyes off her. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Julia Child before all the books, television, and fame. Photograph by Paul Child / © The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
By Megan Fernandes. Tap the link in our bio to read the full poem, from our latest issue.
Tap the link in our bio to read about a world leader who viewed other people in instrumental terms, was a compulsive liar, and seemed to have a limited understanding of cause and effect. (We're talking about Kaiser Wilhelm II.)
Simone Biles is arguably the most dominant athlete in the world right now—Serena Williams does not win every tournament; Michael Phelps sometimes lost a race. Biles has not lost an all-around title in six years. Tap the link in our bio to read more about how her empowerment and self-confidence offer a new example of an old ideal. Photograph by Charlie Riedel / AP / Shutterstock.
Can you solve these crossword clues? Swipe to see the answers, then tap the link in our bio to read about the crossword constructor Aimee Lucido's puzzle-making process.
In Georgia’s gubernatorial race last year, the nation got a preview of the future of electoral politics. Republican Brian Kemp was declared the winner, over Democrat Stacey Abrams, by a margin of less than two per cent. A hundred thousand voters’ registrations were cancelled because they hadn’t voted in seven years. Another 53,000, 70 per cent of whom were black, had their registrations put on hold for something as minor as a missing hyphen. Since that election, and for years before it, Abrams has been leading the battle against voter suppression. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Abrams’s fight for a fair vote and where it could take her in 2020. Photograph by LaToya Ruby Frazier for The New Yorker.
In his series “Haiti to Hood,” the 22-year-old photographer @daveedbaptiste charts the complicated birth of the Haitian-American identity. At first glance, the images seem like they could be documentary. In fact, they are heavily constructed—his elaborate sets are cluttered with objects that symbolize the activity of surviving under empire. See more at the link in our bio. Photographs by Daveed Baptiste.
Toni Morrison was unsparing in her depiction of people who would use language to evil ends. In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech, she warned of the virulence of the demagogue, pointing to “infantile heads of state” who speak only “to those who obey, or in order to force obedience.” Now, the United States has a President who has spoken “of Mexican ‘rapists,’ of ‘caravans’ filled with encroaching ‘aliens,’ ” who “directed invective at African-Americans, Muslims, women, and immigrants, and at legislators of color,” David Remnick writes. At the link in our bio, read Remnick on how President Trump bears out Morrison’s warnings about the violence of language.
Viola Davis, who turns 54 today, sees acting as exposure: “I see it as stepping up buck naked in front of a group of people that you don’t know. Every single time.” Tap the link in our bio to revisit our 2016 Profile of the celebrated actress, who reflects on her iconic roles, her difficult past, and her impact on the film industry. Photograph by Awol Erizku for The New Yorker.
The ingenious poet and songwriter David Berman, who died on Wednesday, had a gift for articulating profound loneliness in ways that felt deeply familiar. His music and lyrics are so indelible—so beloved, like old friends—that his devotees carry them around, as part of the way they experience the world. Tap the link in our bio to read Sarah Larson on how Berman made us feel a little less alone. Photograph by Matt Rubin.
This week, @_yoshann took over our photo department’s account to share images that honor, celebrate, and salute black life. This one, called "Let's Show the World We Love Each Other," was taken in Baltimore, Maryland, after these two young siblings shot some imaginary hoops. "Posing for a photograph, the young boy pulled his sister closer and said, 'Let’s show the world we love each other,'" the photographer $HAN Wallace wrote. "Her gaze really struck me as she held him tighter." Follow @newyorkerphoto to see more.
In “Butterflies,” an essay published in 1948, Vladimir Nabokov traces his lifelong interest in lepidopterology, the study of butterflies and moths. “I discovered in nature,” he writes, “the nonutilitarian delights that I sought in art. Both were a form of magic, both were a game of intricate enchantment and deception.” At the link in our bio, Nabokov considers the frailty of both the natural world and of memory. #NewYorkerArchive Photograph by Carl Mydans / The LIFE Premium Collection / Getty.
New technology—particularly smartphones and social media—allows us to produce our own personal narratives, to choose what to remember and what to contribute to our own mythos. Does this free us to create our own stories, or tether us to the past? At the link in our bio, see what two media theorists have to say about the impact of growing up online.
Don't let Polly scroll through Twitter today. #TNYcartoons
People have been trying to outsmart one another on Internet forums for as long as there have been Internet forums. How do you broker peace between commenters in the age of widespread online toxicity? At Hacker News, the moderators Daniel Gackle and Scott Bell are trying a human approach—reaching out to people directly. “What does seem to work better is personal interaction, over and over and over again, with individual users,” Gackle said. Tap the link in our bio to read more about the two old friends using empathy to keep their community together.
Unplugging at the beach. #TNYcartoons
An early look at next week's cover, featuring Toni Morrison: “Quiet As It’s Kept," by Kara Walker. #TNYcovers
Swipe right if you have A.C. #TNYcartoons
In El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, more than a thousand people marched to an immigrant-advocacy center to protest gun policy and Donald Trump’s rhetoric in the wake of the mass shooting. Tap the link in our bio to read a dispatch from the scene.
Can everyone buy 30-50, please? #TNYcartoons
Toni Morrison has died, at eighty-eight. In 2017, she wrote about the lessons her father taught her about work: “You don’t live there. You live here. With your people. Go to work. Get your money. And come on home,” he said. These four points are what she heard. Tap the link in our bio to read more.
The writer Toni Morrison has died, at the age of eighty-eight. In 2003, she discussed her legacy with Hilton Als: “Being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from. It doesn’t limit my imagination; it expands it. It’s richer than being a white male writer because I know more and I’ve experienced more.” Tap the link in our bio to read. Photograph by @damonwinter / NYT / Redux.
@frynaomifry attempts to answer a question she often finds herself asking: Who does Boris Johnson remind her of, exactly? Tap the link in our bio for more doppelgängers.
Today's Daily Cartoon, by @t.j.hamilton. #TNYcartoons
More than fifteen million Mexican free-tailed bats live, for part of the year, deep in the recesses of Bracken Cave, in southern Texas. The bats are so numerous that they appear on radar systems—great blobs popping up and hovering above Bracken Cave every night. In about the last two decades, the bats’ spring migration to Texas—they spend their winters scattered across Mexico—has advanced by two weeks. Tap the link in our bio to read more about how rapid climate change is affecting the bats’ behavior, and what it means for animals’ extinction rates. Illustration by Ed Steed.
White-supremacist terrorism is nothing new, but this sickeningly specific instantiation of it—lone shooter, assault rifle, online manifesto, a link to a live stream—seems to be contagious. In Pittsburgh, in Poway, in Christchurch, in El Paso, each killer may have acted alone, but they all appear to have been zealous converts to the same ideology, a paranoid snarl of raw anger and radical nationalism. What can be done about the online spaces from which they draw inspiration?
Barack Obama, who turns 58 today, chose the artist @kehindewiley to paint his Presidential portrait. Wiley began the process by looking at historical representations of kings, aristocrats, and other heads of state, but nothing was working. “It was all too demonstrative. It was all too self-aggrandizing,” he explained at last year’s @newyorkerfest. “And I recall, in between shots, there was a moment of repose where he was sitting essentially as he is here, and it felt authentic.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about Wiley’s process and the symbolism in Obama’s simple yet radical portrait. Artwork by Kehinde Wiley.
There is a striking dearth of truly bold ideas and robust discussion about guns in the United States, despite the fact that they killed nearly forty thousand people in the country last year. At the link in our bio, read @luomich, the editor of newyorker.com, on the stupefying regularity of mass killings and the importance of taking political action to address this crisis.
Some ideas of things to do during the four-minute guitar solo in the middle of that song you thought you’d nail at office karaoke. Tap the link in our bio to read the full story, by @clairegfriedman.
He inked. #TNYcartoons
On Martha Stewart’s 78th birthday, revisit Joan Didion’s 2000 essay contemplating the loyal fandom Stewart inspires and the source of her striking success. “The dreams and the fears into which Martha Stewart taps are not of ‘feminine’ domesticity but of female power,” Didion writes, “of the woman who sits down at the table with the men and, still in her apron, walks away with the chips.” Read more by tapping the link in our bio. Photograph by Terry O'Neill / Iconic Images / Getty.
"It's not the heat, it's the humidity." #TNYcartoons