Tag Archives: The New Yorker Magazine

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – June 5, 2023

Art by Masha Titova

The New Yorker – June 5, 2023 issue: Masha Titova’s “The Music of Art”. The magazine publishes its first synesthetic, collaborative, and interactive cover. By Françoise Mouly.

The Case For and Against Ed Sheeran

The pop singer’s trial for copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend’s “Let’s Get It On” highlights how hard it is to draw the property lines of pop.

By John Seabrook

The Trials and Triumphs of Writing While Woman

An illustration of two women's heads facing one another with a pen between them.

From Mary Wollstonecraft to Toni Morrison, getting a start meant starting over.

By Lauren Michele Jackson

When the critic Joanna Biggs was thirty-two, her mother, still in her fifties, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “Everything wobbled,” she recalls. Biggs was married but not sure she wanted to be, suddenly distrustful of the neat, conventional course—marriage, kids, burbs—plotted out since she met her husband, at nineteen. It was as though the disease’s rending of a maternal bond had severed her contract with the prescribed feminine itinerary. Soon enough, she and her husband were seeing other people; then he moved out, and she began making pilgrimages to visit Mary Wollstonecraft’s grave.


Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – May 29, 2023

Marcellus Hall's “Open House” | The New Yorker

The New Yorker – May 29, 2023 issue:

Stephen Satterfield Puts Black Cuisine at the Center of U.S. History

A portrait of Stephen Satterfield.

The host of Netflix’s “High on the Hog” draws seductive stories from a bittersweet legacy.

By Dorothy Wickenden

Stephen Satterfield, the host of the Netflix food-history series “High on the Hog,” was bent over the stove in his parents’ kitchen, near Atlanta. It was one o’clock on a February afternoon, and he was preparing Sunday dinner for the family. Most of the meal was canonical Black Southern food: turnip greens simmered for hours, cheese grits, biscuits baked in a cast-iron skillet. 

What We Owe Our Trees

A black and white photograph of a dense forest.

Forests fed us, housed us, and made our way of life possible. But they can’t save us if we can’t save them.

By Jill Lepore

The woods I know best, love best, are made of Northern hardwoods, sugar maple and white ash, timber-tall; black and yellow birch, tiger-skinned; seedlings and saplings of blighted beech and striped maple creeping up, knock-kneed, from a forest floor of princess pine and Christmas fern, shag-rugged. White-tailed deer dart through softwood stands of pine and hemlock, bucks and does, the last leaping fawn, leaving tracks that look like tiny human lungs, trails that people can only ever see in the snow, even though, long after snowmelt, dogs can smell them, tracking, snuffling, shuddering with the thrill of the hunt and noshing on deer scat for dog treats. 

Two Weeks at the Front in Ukraine

A Ukrainian sniper positioned in a trench aims a rifle.

In the trenches in the Donbas, infantrymen face unrelenting horrors, from missiles to grenades to helicopter fire.

By Luke Mogelson

A twenty-two-year-old Ukrainian sniper, code-named Student, stuffed candy wrappers into his ears before firing a rifle at the Russians’ tree line. He’d been discharged from the hospital two weeks earlier, after being shot in the thigh.Photographs by Maxim Dondyuk for The New Yorker

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – May 22, 2023

R. Kikuo Johnsons “Perennial”

The New Yorker – May 22, 2023 issue

How Philipp Plein Became the King of Low-Brow High Fashion

Philipp Plein jumps on a white couch.

The maximalist designer has positioned himself as an underdog hero of the common man, who is successful despite the falsity and the snobbery of the élites.

By Naomi Fry

Earth League International Hunts the Hunters

Andrea Crosta oversees an operation in Costa Rica.

A conservation N.G.O. infiltrates wildlife-trafficking rings to bring them down.

By Tad Friend

How a Disaster Expert Prepares for the Worst

Lucy Easthope writing on a notepad surrounded by smoke and debris.

Lucy Easthope, who has worked on major emergencies since 9/11, says that small interventions can make a significant difference.

By Sam Knight

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – May 15, 2023

Bruce McCalls “Safe Travels”

The New Yorker – May 15, 2023 issue

Notes from Prince Harry’s Ghostwriter

A portrait of Prince Harry composed of scribbles that evoke writing, on a yellow piece of binder paper.

By J. R. Moehringer

Collaborating on his memoir, “Spare,” meant spending hours together on Zoom, meeting his inner circle, and gaining a new perspective on the tabloids.

The Filmmakers Who Voyaged Inside the Body

The filming of a human surgery.

By Alexandra Schwartz

For more than a decade, two “recovering” anthropologists have brought documentary closer to the human experience. Now they’ve made the camera part of our flesh and blood.

The Critics

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – May 8, 2023

Barry Blitt's “Room at the Top” | The New Yorker
Art by Barry Blitt

The New Yorker – May 8, 2023 issue

Can Charles Keep Quiet as King?

Three angles of King Charles III within an illustration by Alma Haser.

As Prince of Wales, Charles was always ready with an opinion. Now, with his coronation at hand, his job is to have none.

“My great problem in life is that I do not really know what my role in life is,” Charles once said, adding, “I must find one.”Photo illustration by Alma Haser for The New Yorker; Source photographs from Getty

Barry Blitt’s “Room at the Top”

The artist discusses being young and adrift in London, and gives King Charles tips for painting with watercolors.

New Yorker covers don’t always reflect current events, but some staged proceedings, both anachronistic and immemorial, can be catnip for cartoonists and commentators alike. King Charles III automatically acceded to the throne when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8, 2022. Charles, the longest-serving heir apparent in Britain’s history, spent seven decades preparing for the role of monarch. He became the next in line to reign over the United Kingdom at three years old, when Elizabeth became queen, in 1952.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – April 24, 2023


The New Yorker – April 24 & May 1, 2023 issue:

JooHee Yoon’s “Drawing Hands with A.I. (After M. C. Escher)”

A hand drawn on a piece of paper rises off the page and draws another hand on the piece of paper which in turn draws the...

The artist discusses artistry, artificial intelligence, and the human experience.

Chatbots and image generators, newly on the rise, have sparked our imaginations—and our fears. As artificial-intelligence machines sharpen their ability to translate written prompts into images that accurately capture both style and substance, some visual artists worry that their specialized skills might be rendered irrelevant.

“Drawing Hands,” M. C. Escher, 1948.

The Future of Fertility

A futuristic scene of metallic DNA strands which wrap around a central petri dish containing a human ovum.

A new crop of biotech startups want to revolutionize human reproduction.

In 2016, two Japanese reproductive biologists, Katsuhiko Hayashi and Mitinori Saitou, made an announcement in the journal Nature that read like a science-fiction novel. The researchers had taken skin cells from the tip of a mouse’s tail, reprogrammed them into stem cells, and then turned those stem cells into egg cells. 

Crooks’ Mistaken Bet on Encrypted Phones

A group of four men sit around a table piled with cocaine. They are illuminated by the light of a cell phone hovering...

Drug syndicates and other criminal groups bought into the idea that a new kind of phone network couldn’t be infiltrated by cops. They were wrong—big time.

Many criminals have been convicted as a result of encrypted-phone stings—more than four hundred in the U.K. alone.Illustration by Max Löffler

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – April 17, 2023

A courtroom drawing of Donald Trump at his arraignment on April 4 2023.
Art by Jane Rosenberg – April 5, 2023

The New Yorker – April 17, 2023 issue: Truth is stranger than fiction: for the first time in its long history, The New Yorker is publishing a courtroom sketch on the cover.

America’s First Indicted Ex-President Is Very Sorry—for Himself

A photo of Donald Trump speaks in a MaraLago ballroom hours after being arraigned.

Notes on Donald Trump’s day in court.

By the time Donald Trump marched out from behind a phalanx of American flags and emerged into the gilded Mar-a-Lago ballroom to speak to cheering supporters on Tuesday night, America’s first indicted ex-President hardly seemed chastened by his historic day as a defendant in a Manhattan courtroom

Alvin Bragg, Donald Trump, and the Pursuit of Low-Level Crimes

Alvin Bragg steps out of a car on March 27 2023.
The fact that Donald Trump has finally been brought to court for an alleged crime relating to paying hush money may well contradict Alvin Bragg’s key contention.

Following the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation, the former President was arraigned on felony charges stemming from hush-money payments.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – April 10, 2023

A pitcher prepares to throw the ball while the batter the umpire and the catcher all look at their own clocks.

The New Yorker – April 10, 2023 issue:

The Christian Liberal-Arts School at the Heart of the Culture Wars

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher walking together in Hillsdale College gear.

Conservatives like Ron DeSantis see Hillsdale College as a model for education nationwide.

By Emma Green

Conservative movements to reform education are often defined by what they’re against. At a recent public briefing, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, decried the imposition of critical race theory and mandatory diversity-and-inclusion training at the state’s schools.

The Trump Show Moves to a Courtroom

The Trump Show Moves to a Courtroom

The former President’s campaigns against officials investigating him have supplied Joe Biden with a favored theme: the need to fortify democratic institutions.

By Benjamin Wallace-Wells

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – April 3, 2023

A woman drinks coffee and sits on an armchair that is stacked on another chair and a table in order to reach rays of...

The New Yorker – April 3, 2023 issue:

The Data Delusion

A threedimensional pattern of books turning into transistor boards.

We’ve uploaded everything anyone has ever known onto a worldwide network of machines. What if it doesn’t have all the answers?

How Christian Is Christian Nationalism?

An American flag concealing a cross underneath it.

Many Americans who advocate it have little interest in religion and an aversion to American culture as it currently exists. What really defines the movement?

The Wild World of Music

The illustrated head of musician and scientist David Sulzer sits at the center of a network of symbols for the brain...

What can elephants, birds, and flamenco players teach a neuroscientist-composer about music?

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – March 27, 2023

A figure wearing  very large colorful sneakers poses against a green background.
Art by Sarula Bao

The New Yorker – March 27, 2023 issue:

Will the Ozempic Era Change How We Think About Being Fat and Being Thin?

Two abstract bodies one big and one skinny gravitate towards the top and bottom of the image. The top is yellow while...

A popular, growing class of drugs for obesity and diabetes could, in an ideal world, help us see that metabolism and appetite are biological facts, not moral choices.

How the Graphic Designer Milton Glaser Made America Cool Again

Colors radiating from the tip of a pen.

From the poster that turned Bob Dylan into an icon to the logo that helped revive a flagging city, he gave sharp outlines to the spirit of an age.