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Essay News, Opinion, and Analysis—The New Yorker

Essay News, Opinion, and Analysis—The New Yorker

  • Upstaged by Marlon Brando

    I thought I had the talent to be an actor. A mercurial classmate gave me second thoughts.
    May 20, 2023
  • The Price of a Father’s Labor

    Sprinklers spraying a green lawn with palm trees
    How the American Dream can become an American nightmare.
    May 13, 2023
  • Let’s Randomize America!

    An illustration of the United States broken into hexagonal tiles filled with colorful board-game pieces.
    A thought experiment in social reshuffling.
    May 6, 2023
  • The Poet Who Became My Muse

    Lucinda Williams in a car.
    In the late seventies, I fell in love with the poet Frank Stanford. His suicide would leave an indelible mark on my music.
    April 22, 2023
  • The Unexpected Grief of a Hysterectomy

    An illustration of a figure superimposed by the female reproductive system while casting a shadow over her body.
    My uterus is causing me nothing but discomfort. So why am I so sad to lose it?
    April 1, 2023
  • Is Abortion Sacred?

    The silhouettes of two women made from the negative space of a rosary.
    Abortion is often talked about as a grave act. But bringing a new life into the world can feel like the decision that more clearly risks being a moral mistake.
    July 16, 2022
  • The Theft of the Commons

    Illustration of a field with a surreal mirrored structure
    Across centuries, land that was collectively worked by the landless was claimed by the landed, and the age of private property was born.
    June 8, 2022
  • The Beatle Who Got Away

    John Lennon, George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe sitting on an old bus holding their instruments. Stuart wears sunglasses and looks off to the right.
    Revisiting Stuart Sutcliffe’s role in the band’s breakthrough. 
    March 27, 2022
  • Clarence Thomas’s Radical Vision of Race

    Photo collage of Clarence Thomas from a high school student to a judge.
    Thomas has moved from black nationalism to the right. But his beliefs about racism, and our ability to solve it, remain the same.
    September 10, 2019

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