Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Dec 5, 2022

Coney Island.

The New Yorker – December 5, 2022 issue:

Yam Karkai’s Illustrations Made Her an N.F.T. Sensation. Now What?

The illustrator Yam Karkai sits in a chair.

World of Women confronts the limits of selling cartoon avatars on the blockchain after the crypto bubble burst.

Is Mick Herron the Best Spy Novelist of His Generation?

Portrait of Mick Herron with his head in the room, alongside a smaller version of him sitting in a chair.

In his “Slough House” thrillers, the screw-ups save the day—and there’s a very fine line between comedy and catastrophe.

How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle

A hospice room wrapped in the middle of string tied by 2 large hands.

It began as a visionary notion—that patients could die with dignity at home. Now it’s a twenty-two-billion-dollar industry plagued by exploitation.

Small Towns: Harmony In Central Coast California

ERIC MINH SWENSON ART FILMS – At a population of 18, Harmony is by far the tiniest town in The Land of SLO CAL. But a short stroll through this village reveals a big heart and even bigger history just waiting to be explored. Harmony served as the capital of SLO CAL’s booming dairy industry for nearly five decades until the milk money dried up. Lots of folks moved away, but those who stayed decided to get creative.

Today, the town is a vibrant artist’s haven. Wander through the glassworks shop to find handblown pieces created right before your eyes or watch sculptors hard at work behind the potter’s wheel. Its quirky art and funky facades are a magnet for wander lusters. Check out Harmony’s famous chapel, part-time post office and gardens — all of which have become hotspots for weddings, picnics, and photo ops. 

This little town continues to grow in reputation. Take a short detour off Pacific Coast Highway and stop in to see all the enchanting renovations underway. You’ll find peaceful Harmony nestled between San Simeon’s Hearst Castle and Paso Robles‘ world-renowned wine region. Just keep your eyes peeled for the iconic population 18 sign. 

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Headlines: China Protests Expand, Ukraine Battles To Restore Power, NATO News

November 28, 2022

Ukraine battles to restore power. Plus; China’s unrelenting zero-Covid policy, Kanye West’s presidential bid, a flick through today’s papers and a special interview with General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and General Sir Richard Shirreff, NATO’s former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Front Page: The New York Times – November 28, 2022

After Deadly Blaze, Surge of Defiance Against China’s Covid Policies

Protests became rare once the government cut off most routes to collective action. But ubiquitous Covid rules, bringing shared suffering, have created a focus for anger.

In Ukraine, Bakhmut Becomes a Bloody Vortex for 2 Militaries

Even as they have celebrated successes elsewhere, Ukrainian forces in one small eastern city have endured relentless Russian attacks. And the struggle to hold it is only intensifying.

He Never Denied Selling Drugs. But Britain Says He’s a Slave Master, Too.

A law written to prevent human trafficking is being wielded against low-level drug dealers. The effects are long-lasting.