New York Magazine January 4-17, 2021

In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.

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1 For New York’s latest cover story, Allison P. Davis wrote about what happened in the months after a white woman in the liberal enclave of Montclair, New Jersey, called the cops on her Black neighbors (“Living With Karens,” December 21, 2020–January 3, 2021). Jen Rice, a journalist in Houston, wrote that Davis “crafted a flawless portrait of the stress and anxiety of living among white supremacy at this precise moment in time.” Tati Chin wrote that the story represented “what we don’t talk about: the shame and embarrassment after these incidents. The constant explaining. Your life becoming a spectacle on top of the original offense.” And Julia McCarthy tweeted, “I’ve spent a lot of my life in Montclair, including working at their small local bookstore. For all its good,…

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the system : zak cheney-rice

THE LAST TIME I VISITED my grandparents’ hometown, I was researching an article about lynching. In 1918, a white mob tore through Valdosta, Georgia, and the neighboring county and murdered at least 11 Black people, including Mary Turner, who was eight months pregnant and found suspended by her ankles and disemboweled. My cousin is a history buff and offered to show me around. Crossing town in his pickup truck, we drove down a leafy street where, according to local lore, the mob went door-to-door looking for a Black man accused of killing his white employer and allegedly shot residents who failed to disclose his whereabouts. The goal of my story was to investigate a personal connection. One of the lynch mob’s victims, Eugene Rice, shared my family’s name and was…

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the group portrait: a beleaguered white house press corps

EVERY PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION has a combative relationship with the White House press corps, but during the Trump administration, the tension increased considerably. In four years, the job of press secretary was held by four different people—one of whom gave no formal briefings at all—but no matter who stood at the podium, it was a theater for conflict, with the president as the star antagonist. Any event could become the scene of a fight if Trump was in the mood for it, which he often was. Some reporters shrewdly viewed this as an opportunity for brand building and needled the president to elicit made-for-TV moments, but more often, Trump’s predictably unpredictable nature leveled the playing field for the wider cohort. “Correspondents who had been covering the White House for decades suddenly…

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sarah mcbride

ON THE TREE-LINED, redbrick residential streets of northwest Wilmington, newly elected state senator Sarah McBride is high-school-cheer-captain-level popular. “Hello!” says a woman pushing a baby stroller. “Hello!” greets a man walking his dog. “Hello!” squeals a trio of children in the yard of a Catholic school. “Sarah!” exclaim two middle-aged women in a Christmas-wreathed, red-Adirondack-fronted coffee shop. “Congrats on the new house! How’s the renovation going?” McBride shoots back immediately to one of them, making a “Yellow Wallpaper” joke about the woman’s actual soon-to-be-removed yellow wallpaper. It’s a brisk, sunny day in mid-December, and McBride—who was elected to represent Delaware’s First District in November, securing her place as the highest-ranking openly transgender elected official in U.S. history—is living up to her high-school nickname: Tour Guide McBride. She waxes poetic about state…

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extremely online : craig jenkins

PANDEMIC NIGHTS are a drag. Days of the week feel indistinguishable from each other. Six p.m. feels like midnight. No matter how much you run the clock down with activities, the specter of the old life—of house parties, bar nights, and concerts—lingers, reminding us that we are, to varying degrees, profoundly and indefinitely alone. Social media has been something of a balm. Twitter is a trip now that we all “have time.” Twitch is crucial. TikTok is a vast network of rabbit holes if you play your cards correctly. It’s much easier to be in the mix when the event is digital, but you still have to be quick on the draw to get the most from the internet. You can catch the good Twitch clips on LiveStreamFails, but that…

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gain of function

I. Flask Monsters WHAT HAPPENED WAS fairly simple, I’ve come to believe. It was an accident. A virus spent some time in a laboratory, and eventually it got out. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, began its existence inside a bat, then it learned how to infect people in a claustrophobic mine shaft, and then it was made more infectious in one or more laboratories, perhaps as part of a scientist’s well-intentioned but risky effort to create a broad-spectrum vaccine. SARS-2 was not designed as a biological weapon. But it was, I think, designed.¶ Many thoughtful people dismiss this notion, and they may be right. They sincerely believe that the coronavirus arose naturally, “zoonotically,” from animals, without having been previously studied, or hybridized, or sluiced through cell cultures, or otherwise worked…