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Anatomy of an Upwardly Mobile Bicoastal lite

Irving Ruan, Graham Techler, and Jeremy Nguyen dissect the anatomy of a member of the smug, young, secretly insecure bicoastal lite.

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Trump‘s Latest Executive Orders Are a Political Stunt

John Cassidy writes about Donald Trump‘s recent executive orders, which the President claims will fix the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but which are in fact of dubious legality and effectiveness, if enacted.

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Daily Cartoon: Monday, August 10th

Ali Solomon‘s Daily Cartoon depicts an elementary schooler being interviewed about where the student sees herself when the new school year starts, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Accuses Biden of Dragging out V.P. Search Instead of Picking First Clown Who Says Yes

Andy Borowitz jokes that Donald Trump has recommended Joe Biden pick as his Vice-Presidential candidate someone like Mike Pence, who was deeply unpopular in his home state before Trump resurrected his political career.

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Teachers Across the Country Worry About a Rush to Reopen Schools

Steven Greenhouse writes on educators‘ concerns for their students, difficulties with online learning, and qualms about reopening in the fall with in-person classes, given the ongoing coronavirus risk in red and blue states alike.

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How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump‘s Fate

As rural Wisconsin‘s fortunes have declined, its political importance has grown, Dan Kaufman writes.

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The Mail

Readers respond to Alec MacGillis‘s report on violence in dollar stores andLarissa MacFarquhar‘s portrait of the Falkland Islands.

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Romeo and Juliet‘s Socially Distant Balcony Scene

Shouts & Murmurs by Anthony Lane: ‘O, that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek! (Pause) Not literally.‘

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‘Pseudacris Crucifer,‘ by Terrance Hayes

Poetry by Terrance Hayes: ‘The tree frog overcomes its fear of birds by singing.‘

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Will Charleston, a Fanciful Bloomsbury Shrine, Be a COVID Casualty?

Anna Russell on the Sussex farmhouse with connections to Virginia Woolf‘s familythat turned into a pilgrimage place.

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Toyin Ojih Odutola‘sVisions of Power

In their depictions of domination, the artist‘s works, full of world-building and philosophy, do more than flip the script, Zadie Smith writes.

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Raven Leilani‘s Dbut Novel Deconstructs Domesticity

The story of an extramarital affair undergoes a stealthy reversal when the homewrecker becomes part of the family, Alexandra Schwartz writes.

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Bill de Blasio Slept Here

The listing for the yellow clapboard house in Park Slope sounded too good to be true, and it was: the landlord turned out to be the Mayor of New York City, reports Tyler Foggatt.

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Taking a Blowtorch to the President‘s Dad

A 911 call alerted cops in Woodhaven, Queens, to vandalspreparing to defacea plaque to Fred Trump in a supermarket parking lot. One of them worked for Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, reports Phil Campbell.

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‘Aubade as Fuel,‘ by Traci Brimhall

Poetry by Traci Brimhall: ‘Leaving is a lesson of / pleasure.‘

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The Musk Ox and Me

Jon Lee Anderson on how a summer spent tracking elusive animals in Alaska led to a lifetime on the road.

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Madhuri Vijay on the Cultural Complexity of Identity

Deborah Treisman interviews the author Madhuri Vijay about ‘You Are My Dear Friend,‘ her story from the August 17, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.

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Francis Poulenc‘s Drunken Angels

In the composer‘s masterly songs, the solemn and the sensual collide, Alex Ross writes.

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Can Designer Mice Save Us from COVID-19?

RaffiKhatchadourian on how vials of frozen, genetically engineered rodentsperm, raced to a remote lab in Maine, produced a breed of critters that could help scientists find a treatment or a vaccine.

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‘You Are My Dear Friend,‘ by Madhuri Vijay

Fiction by Madhuri Vijay: ‘Eachmorning, she lay in bed, worrying about the things the girl was going to do and say that day.‘

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Slide Show: New Yorker Cartoons August 17, 2020

New cartoons from the magazine.

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Briefly Noted Book Reviews

‘The Beauty in Breaking,‘ ‘Desert Notebooks,‘ ‘Heaven and Earth,‘ and ‘Love After Love.‘

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Wayne Thiebaud‘s ‘Double Scoop‘

Franoise Mouly interviews the artist Wayne Thiebaud about his cover for the August 17, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.

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How China Controlled theCoronavirus

Peter Hessler on teaching and learningin Sichuanduring the pandemic.

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