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Books: The New York Times Book Review – Jan 29, 2023

The New York Times Book Review – January 29, 2023:

Fleeing Slavery in a Top Hat and Cravat

“Master Slave Husband Wife,” by Ilyon Woo, relates the daring escape from bondage in Georgia to freedom in the North by an enslaved couple disguised as a wealthy planter and his property.

Think Screens Stole Our Attention? Medieval Monks Were Distracted Too.

In “The Wandering Mind,” the historian Jamie Kreiner shows that the struggle to focus is not just a digital-age blight but afflicted even those who spent their lives in seclusion and prayer.

‘Age of Vice’: A Lush Thriller Dives Into New Delhi’s Underworld

In Deepti Kapoor’s cinematic novel, a young man from the provinces falls in with a powerful crime syndicate.

Books: The New York Times Book Review – Jan 15, 2023

Illustration by Ibrahim Rayintakath

The New York Times Book Review (January 15, 2023):

‘Terrorist’ — to Whom?

V.V. Ganeshananthan’s novel “Brotherless Night” reveals the moral nuances of violence, ever belied by black-and-white terminology.

The Highland Heroine Who Helped Rescue a Prince

Since her daring mission in 1746, Flora Macdonald has lived on in myth. A new biography by Flora Fraser attempts to sort fact from fiction.

Where Adventurous, Curious Women Rule

In three new historical novels, female protagonists defy odds and push limits.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine- January 16, 2023

A portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. smiling with his four children.

The New Yorker – January 16, 2023 issue:

How Should We Think About Our Different Styles of Thinking?

A person writing their thoughts on paper.

Some people say their thought takes place in images, some in words. But our mental processes are more mysterious than we realize.

The Crisis of Missing Migrants

A shadow of a boat looms over the scene of a pathology lab.

What has become of the tens of thousands of people who have disappeared on their way to Europe?

Can UPS Still Deliver a Middle-Class Life?

Antoine Andrews pushes a collection of packages on wheels, in Bay Ridge.

The company offers steady jobs and is enjoying record profits. So why is a strike looming?

Headlines: West To Send New Weapons To Ukraine, U.S.-Mexico Border Policy

January 6, 2023 – We discuss the West’s renewed efforts to send weapons to Ukraine. Plus: the US president, Joe Biden, announces a plan for the Mexican border, a flick through the day’s papers and Singapore Art Week.

News: Foreign Fighters On The Front Lines In Ukraine

Luke Mogelson, a contributing writer at The New Yorker, is one of the rare reporters who has seen the war in Ukraine from the front lines. He recently spent two weeks embedded with a group of fighters from around the world who had chosen to travel to Ukraine and join the war against Russia.

In a new story in the magazine, he writes about the sophisticated and incessant violence of the war, and the mentality that keeps these volunteer soldiers there, fighting on behalf of a country that is not their own. He joins Tyler Foggatt to discuss what he witnessed.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Jan 2 & 9, 2023

A woman walks alone on New York City's High Line in winter.
Art by Ryo Takemasa

The New Yorker Magazine – December 26, 2022:

Trapped in the Trenches in Ukraine

A soldier holding a gun in Ukraine, photographed by David Guttenfelder.

Along the country’s seven-hundred-mile front line, constant artillery fire and drone surveillance have made it excruciatingly difficult to maneuver.

What Donald Trump’s Trial Might Look Like

Excerpts from Secret Service reports displayed on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022.

Presidents have been impeached, but none has ever been asked, after leaving office, to turn himself in for arraignment. The January 6th committee’s final actions could help change that.

Seventy-five Years After Indian Partition, Who Owns the Narrative?

A man towering over a landscape draws a line on the ground, which separates two sides of a tent camp and its inhabitants.

Literature once filled in archival gaps by saying the unsayable. Now a younger generation is devising new modes of telling the story and finding new stories to tell.

Stories Of 2023: Support For Ukraine, The Cost Of Living, Global Economy

Monocle’s head of radio, Tom Edwards, looks ahead to 2023 with Rachel Cunliffe and Barbara Serra including a global response to Russia, a cost of living crisis, what’s next for the global economy at Davos and how the UK will cope with Eurovision.

2022 In Review: The Biggest News Stories Of The Year

What happened in 2022?: Monocle’s head of radio, Tom Edwards, examines 2022’s biggest news stories with Isabel Hilton and Marie Le Conte including the invasion of Ukraine, the elections that grabbed the headlines, protests around the world and the obituaries that shaped the year.

Arts & Culture: The New Yorker – December 26, 2022

A hand draws an intricate drawing involving two characters Circle and Square.
“Ups and Downs”  by Chris Ware

The New Yorker – December 26, 2022 issue:

Roz and Emily Eat Their Way Through Midwood

Our first stop: a cheese Danish. Can’t skip breakfast

What Kevin McCarthy Will Do to Gain Power

Kevin McCarthy behind a shadow of Trump.

The Republican leader’s ambition has always been his defining characteristic. Attempting to placate both Trumpists and moderates may lead to his downfall.

Picturing the Cove Inn

Memories of a high-school job at a local seafood restaurant, blurred by time.