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2022 Reviews: Best Humor Writing In The New Yorker

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The New Yorker – The Most Popular Shouts of 2022 (December 6, 2022):- A collection of our most widely read humor pieces of the year.

Symptoms of the New Variant May Include

By Ethan Kuperberg

  • Tiredness (due to thinking about covid-19)
  • Anxiety (about catching covid-19)
  • Exhaustion (from panicking about covid-19)
  • Foot asleep

I’m the Person ‘Your Song’ by Elton John Was Written for, and I Would Like a Real Gift Instead

By Tom Smyth

Now, I understand that their gift is their song, but that wasn’t really what I had expected as a housewarming present when I invited Elton John and Bernie Taupin to a party at my new home, especially after I specifically asked them to bring ice.


Your Personality, Explained by Your Annoying Household Habits

By Nicole Rose Whitaker

“Mopping” with Your Foot and a Clorox Wipe

You’re a visionary who lives by the maxim “There’s got to be a better way.” And that way is yours.


The Average Contestant on British Baking Shows vs. the Average Contestant on American Cooking Shows

By Rebecca Turkewitz

British: Ian’s become known for his ruddy cheeks and big smile, and for always having a carpenter’s pencil tucked jauntily behind one ear.

American: Sarah’s signature look is the thirteen nicotine patches she wears to manage the stress of competition.


A Few Math Problems for Mothers

By Kate Tellers

Felix had an accident during nap time and doesn’t have a spare pair of pants at school. If Felix’s father is listed as the primary point of contact on all documents, how many times does the school call his mother?

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Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Dec 12, 2022

A parent and child are silhouetted against a giant glowing Christmas tree.
Illustration by By Françoise Mouly

The New Yorker – December 12, 2022 issue:

An Anti-Abortion Activist’s Quest to End the Rape Exception

Rebecca Kiessling, photographed by Danna Singer.

For Rebecca Kiessling, helping mothers who’ve conceived children through sexual assault is part of a strategy for curtailing reproductive rights.

So You Want to Be a TikTok Star

illustration of lots of phone screens and girl holding phone

The social-media platform is transforming the music industry. Is that a good thing?

In Praise of Parasites?

A colorful illustration of a variety of parasites, including two leeches and a large tapeworm.

We think of them with revulsion, but a new book wants us to appreciate their redeeming qualities.

At Qatar’s World Cup, Where Politics and Pleasure Collide

The first ten days were soccer as it is, rather than as you want it to be.

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.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Nov 28, 2022

Hokusai's Great Wave looms over the New York City skyline.

The New Yorker – November 28, 2022 issue:

Journey to the Doomsday Glacier

Two people looking out at a layer of ice from the inside of a helicopter.

Thwaites could reshape the world’s coastlines. But how do you study one of the world’s most inaccessible places?

Climate Change from A to Z

An animated series of drawings showing different effects of climate change.

The stories we tell ourselves about the future.

An Alaskan Town Is Losing Ground—and a Way of Life

For low-lying islands like Kivalina, climate change poses an existential threat.

THE BLADE RUNNERS POWERING A WIND FARM

In West Virginia, a crew of five watches over twenty-three giant turbines.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – Nov 21, 2022

Disappointed elephant standing on red surf board.

The New Yorker Magazine – In the weeks leading up to the 2022 midterms, many pundits predicted that a “red wave” of Republican victories would sweep across the country. There was precedent for this: historically, the President’s party tends to lose seats in midterm contests. Republicans picked up some seats, but this year’s returns showed a much more even match than many had been expecting. With votes still being counted, it seems that the G.O.P. will most likely eke out a narrow majority in the House, and control of the Senate may not be decided for weeks. Whatever you call the over-all result in the country’s close political battles, it didn’t quite amount to a wave.

For the cover of the November 21, 2022, issue, the cartoonist Barry Blitt followed a long tradition and chose an animal to represent reality metaphorically: “The chance to draw an elephant—especially one on a surfboard—is irresistible for a cartoonist, but I can’t help thinking how counterintuitive it is to represent the G.O.P. in its current form with such a dignified, graceful, sensitive-seeming beast.”

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – Nov 14, 2022

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The New Yorker – Inside the November 14, 2022 Issue:

The Case Against the Twitter Apology

A man making a note from paper scraps spelling out "Sorry."

Our twenty-first-century culture of performed remorse has become a sorry spectacle.

Emma Thompson’s Third Act

A series of portraits of Emma Thompson, photographed by Chris Levine.

The actress and screenwriter takes on a musical.

Do We Have the History of Native Americans Backward?

A portrait of Thayendanegea, painted in London, in 1785, by Gilbert Stuart.

They dominated far longer than they were dominated, and, a new book contends, shaped the United States in profound ways.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – Nov 7, 2022

Person sweeping sidewalk of dry leaves and medical masks.

Inside the The New Yorker Magazine, November 7, 2022:

How Election Subversion Went Mainstream in Pennsylvania

Doug Mastriano grilling on a voting booth.

In the state’s midterms—which could determine the balance of the Senate and the integrity of the Presidential race in 2024—Democrats are fighting for the vote. Republicans are fighting to undermine it.

Was Jack Welch the Greatest C.E.O. of His Day—or the Worst?

As the head of General Electric, he fired people in vast numbers and turned the manufacturing behemoth into a financial house of cards. Why was he so revered?

Is the Multiverse Where Originality Goes to Die?

A person reading a book in a colorful room full of cultural references from different shows about the multiverse.

The concept helps entertainment companies like Marvel Studios recycle old characters—but it can also unlock new kinds of storytelling.

Previews: The New Yorker Magazine – Oct 31, 2022

People dressed in Halloween costumes including a vampire a pirate and Batman walk through Grand Central.

The New Yorker – Inside the October 31, 2022 Issue:

Will Sanctions Against Russia End the War in Ukraine?

D.C. bureaucrats have worked stealthily with allies to open a financial front against Putin.

How Samuel Adams Helped Ferment a Revolution

Portrait of Samuel Adams writing on a chair.

A virtuoso of the eighteenth-century version of viral memes and fake news, he had a sense of political theatre that helped create a radical new reality.

Sergio García Sánchez’s “Old Haunts”

The artist discussed Día de todos los santos and taking inspiration from the Old Masters.

By Françoise Mouly, Art by Sergio García Sánchez