Researchers have studied how much of our personality is set from childhood, but what you’re like isn’t who you are.
T. S. Eliot’s masterpiece is a hundred years old, but it has never stopped sounding new. By Anthony Lane
After Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, ended a decades-long border conflict, he was heralded as a unifier. Now critics accuse him of tearing the country apart.
A lively new biography explores how the man once celebrated as “America’s mayor” fell into disgrace.
By Louis Menand
I was born with melodies in my head, and I was looking for a way to hear them in the world.
“When, exactly, did the balance of power shift?”
Malika Favre’s “Figurehead”
Queen Elizabeth II’s seven-decade reign has come to an end.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, at the age of ninety-six. During her seventy-year-long reign, the Queen presided over the dissolution of the British Empire. She was there for the creation of the European Union—and for Brexit. She was there for Churchill, for Thatcher, and, just last Tuesday, she was there to shake hands with the incoming Conservative Prime Minister, Liz Truss. On the cover of the September 19th issue, the artist Malika Favre, who lived in London for sixteen years, captures the indelible association between Britain and its longtime monarch.
New York City Ballet’s 1962 tour of the U.S.S.R. forced the great choreographer to confront the regime he’d fled and the people he’d left behind.
John Cuneo’s “Top Dog”
The artist discusses canine stars, his first trip abroad, and keeping a sense of the spontaneous in his work.
J. J. Sempé’s “Morning Music”
He’s had win after win—including overturning Roe v. Wade—yet seems more and more aggrieved. What drives his anger?
A cartoon by Mary Lawton. #NewYorkerCartoons
Nicole Rifkin’s “Sun-Dappled”
For the developing world, refrigeration is growth. In Rwanda, it could spark an economic transformation.