Susan Sontag and the Unholy Practice of Biography 
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Janet Malcolm on the new biography “Sontag: Her Life and Work,” which is as unillusioned about the writer as she was about herself.
 
How Crosswords Put Your Brain Into Hyperdrive
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Adrienne Raphel writes about crossword puzzles and the the happy accidents that happen when unlikely words get juxtaposed, according to Liz Maynes-Aminzade and the puzzle constructor Kameron Austin Collins.
 
Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save the World
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
His strategies for a more equitable, sustainable future range from practical and humanitarian to fanciful and abstract, Ben Taub writes.
 
Roy DeCarava’s Poetics of Blackness
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Hilton Als on how the artist Roy DeCarava explored the ways in which race can define a person’s style and essence.
 
Briefly Noted Book Reviews
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
“Last Witnesses,” “Fashionopolis,” “Night Boat to Tangier,” and “Dominicana.”
 
Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
The world’s largest monument is decades in the making and more than a little controversial, Brooke Jarvis writes.
 
“First Person,” by Eliza Griswold
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Poetry by Eliza Griswold: A poet’s “I” is not herself.
 
Dancing with Sean Spicer
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Antonia Hitchens on Trump’s former press secretary, who has taught at Harvard and is working on his “Dancing with the Stars” début.
 
“Before Winter,” by Kwame Dawes
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Poetry by Kwame Dawes: “You must know that this is a preamble to an epiphany I will record.”
 
Slide Show: New Yorker Cartoons September 16, 2019
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
New cartoons from the magazine.
 
J. J. Sempé’s “Our Sunday-Morning Outings”
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Françoise Mouly talks to the artist J. J. Sempé about his cover for the September 23, 2019, issue of the magazine.
 
“Wide Spot”
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Fiction by Thomas McGuane: “You never know what’s next, and that is why I can say with all honesty that I am not a depressed person.”
 
Cartoons from the September 23, 2019, Issue
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
New cartoons from the magazine.
 
Rick and Pete Yorn Revisit the Mix-Tape Era
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Rick, a Hollywood manager whose clients include Leonardo DiCaprio, and Pete, who just released a new album, “Caretakers,” chat about the Van Halen, R.E.M., and Madonna singles of their youth, John Seabrook writes.
 
Will American Readers Ever Catch on to Marie-Claire Blais?
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Pasha Malla reviews the newly published English translation of Marie-Claire Blais’s “A Twilight Celebration,” the eighth book in her “Soifs” series, and discusses the literary merits of Blais’s work, which has gone mostly unnoticed in America.
 
Review: Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture in “Permanent Record”
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
In his memoir, he chronicles his life game by game, from Nintendo to the N.S.A., Jill Lepore writes.
 
The Mail
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Letters respond to Nick Paumgarten’s reporting on the measles outbreak and the anti-vaccine movement and Alex Ross’s piece on Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
 
The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Immigration, taxes, and health care matter, but a foreign-policy issue has taken center stage, Jonathan Blitzer writes.
 
Going to the Restaurant, by Jenny Slate
Monday, 16 September 2019 12:00
Shouts & Murmurs by Jenny Slate: Tonight I will eat a burned-up bird and drink liquefied old grapes. I’m so excited that I put skin-colored paint on my face and pasty red pigment on my lips.
 
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