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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

October 26, 2020

Founded in 1925, The New Yorker publishes the best writers of its time and has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative analysis, and creative inspiration. The New Yorker takes readers beyond the weekly print magazine with the web, mobile, tablet, social media, and signature events. The New Yorker is at once a classic and at the leading edge.

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3 Min.
tables for two: tong

The other day, I combed my memory for traces of after-school snacks. What had I eaten after bouncing off the school bus and flinging my backpack by the door? The best I could recall, with a hint of horror (but also amusement, and even longing), was a tried-and-true ritual, invented by my best friend, that involved melting a Kraft Single on top of a Snyder’s of Hanover hard pretzel in the microwave. Visions of Maruchan ramen noodles danced in my head. The inspiration for the reverie was Tong, a superlative new Thai restaurant in Bushwick, where the menu identifies two of its dishes as favorite after-school treats. Oh, to be a fourth grader in Thailand! To look forward, during lessons, to deep-fried shredded-banana-blossom pancakes, as intricately woven as birds’ nests; to…

5 Min.
comment: extreme restraint

On the second day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court, she and Cory Booker had an exchange that indicated that both the Court and the country are nearing a precarious point. Did she believe, Booker asked, that “every President should make a commitment, unequivocally and resolutely, to the peaceful transfer of power?” Barrett raised her eyebrows, and chose her words carefully. “Well, Senator, that seems to me to be pulling me in a little bit into this question of whether the President has said that he would not peacefully leave office,” she said. “And so, to the extent that this is a political controversy right now, as a judge, I want to stay out of it and I don’t want to…

4 Min.
the campaign trail: would-be challenger

In our two-party system, both parties are big tents. The Democratic Party includes budget hawks and socialists, veterans and pacifists, scientists and Christian Scientists. There’s also ideological diversity within the Republican Party: some are relatively moderate; others believe that Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, and an anonymous intelligence agent known as Q are secretly working together to bust a global crime ring involving Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Tom Hanks, and hundreds of other prominent liberals, all of whom are actually pedophiles who routinely kidnap children, smuggle them across international borders, and harvest their adrenal glands for occult rituals. This, and much more, is the canon of QAnon, a bizarre, ever-expanding conspiracy theory that might be worth ignoring were it not for the fact that it has adherents in high places. “Q…

2 Min.
shouts & murmurs: vaccines i'm working on

Blues Vaccine: Gives you a small dose of the blues, so that later, when your woman leaves you, you wish her well and ask if she needs some gas money. Venom Vaccine: Allows you to impress your friends on camping trips by letting rattlesnakes bite you. Also, you can show up for a date with spiders on your face. Researcher attempted to enlist his friend Don for testing, but Don chickened out. Heebie-Jeebies Vaccine: Subjects’ immune systems reacted well against the heebies but were ineffective against the jeebies. State-Capital Vaccine: Positive results! Subject injected with vaccine was asked to name the capital of a certain state. He started to answer but then became physically ill. Class-Reunion Vaccine: Your brain can trick you into believing that you look younger than most of your high-school classmates and…

23 Min.
annals of justice: stolen valor

Callahan County, an agricultural region outside Abilene, Texas, is a place where people pay attention to their neighbors. Bart Kendrick, whose family has lived in the county since the nineteenth century, takes particular notice of vehicles. (When I visited him, he greeted me by saying, “Nice truck. What year is it?”) Last summer, Bart saw something odd at a nearby house. In the morning, a pickup truck was parked in front of the garage. In the evening, the truck had been replaced by a patrol car. When Bart went to introduce himself to his new neighbors, no one answered the door. The yard was weedy; the windows were covered with aluminum foil. In December, Bart and his wife, Amber, read in the local paper that Leroy Foley, a police officer in…

40 Min.
profiles: privacy settings

Walking down Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the retail strip in Venice, California, can feel like scrolling through Instagram. One afternoon this July, people sat at outdoor tables beneath drooping strings of fairy lights, sipping cocktails and spearing colorful, modestly dressed salads. The line for Salt & Straw, a venture-funded, “chef-driven” ice-cream shop, stretched up the block, and athleisureclad twentysomethings photographed themselves eating waffle cones, fabric masks pulled down around their chins like turkey wattles. A month earlier, Abbot Kinney had become a central gathering place for protesters during the mass demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism. Moxie Marlinspike, who firmly supported the protests, noticed that many of the high-end businesses, fearing looters, had boarded up their windows, then decorated the plywood with murals and messages in support of Black Lives…