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We Can No Longer Pretend We‘re Not Free-Falling

A Comic Strip by Emily Flake:Maybe all comfort is an illusion.

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The Giddily Twisted Action of ‘The Boys‘

Like HBO‘s ‘Watchmen,‘ this comicadaptationmakes a point of deconstructing its own genre, but without a maverick savior. The show is outlandish, pessimistic, and brutally funny,Doreen St.Flix writes.

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S.O.S.

Shouts & Murmurs by Noah Baumbach:‘What operating system are you working on? Ask the gnome.‘

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The Legal Fight Awaiting Us After the Election

The aftermath of November‘s vote has the potential to make 2000 look like a mere skirmish, Jeffrey Toobin writes.

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The Public-Shaming Pandemic

Around the world, people who accidentally spread the coronavirus must face both a dangerous illness and an onslaught of online condemnation, D. T. Max writes.

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Slide Show: New Yorker Cartoons September 28, 2020

New cartoons from the magazine.

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Briefly Noted Book Reviews

‘The Erratics,‘ ‘Deep Delta Justice,‘ ‘A Country for Dying,‘ and ‘Owed.‘

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The Race to Redesign Sugar

Forget artificial sweeteners. Researchers are now developing new forms of real sugar, to deliver sweetness with fewer calories. But tricking our biology is no easy feat, Nicola Twilley writes.

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A New Rabbi Schleps Through the Village to Meet Her Flock

Shvitzing in a tallis and a leopard-print mask, Diana Fersko does her Shabbat Walk, greeting the faithful on stoops and in lobbies, Micah Hauser writes.

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The L.A. Philharmonic‘s Emotional Return to an Empty Hollywood Bowl

In a new video series, the members of the orchestra play together for the first time since lockdown began, Alex Ross writes.

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Cartoon Caption Contest

Submit your caption.

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Two Hundred Thousand Americans Are Dead

Druv Khullar writes on the state of America‘s response to the coronavirus pandemic upon reaching the tragic milestone of two hundred thousand U.S. deaths from COVID-19.

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Watching ‘Watchmen‘ as a Descendant of the Tulsa Race Massacre

Victor Luckerson writes about the descendants of William Danforth Williams, a real-life survivor of the Tulsa race riots whose mother owned the historic Williams Dreamland Theatre, and whose family history inspired aspects of characters in the HBO science-fiction series ‘Watchmen.‘

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Trump Says Supreme Court Nominee Will Be Woman, Person, Camera, or TV

Andy Borowitz jokes that, after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donald Trump plans to nominate a woman, person, camera, or TV to the Supreme Court-alluding to the list of words that the President boasted he could remember easily in a cognitive test.

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Meet the Stars of the Newest TikTok Collab House

Naomi Fry and Jason Adam Katzenstein humorously imagine the content-creator members of the newest TikTok collaboration house.

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Why a Never Trumper Changed Her Mind

Isaac Chotiner speaks with Danielle Pletka, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, about her concerns about a Biden Administration, whether Donald Trump represents the Republican Party, and how she looks back on her time working with Senator Jesse Helms.

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The Cryptic Crossword: No.84

A free, online cryptic crossword puzzle from the New Yorker‘s archive, with answers and clues that exhibit the wit and intelligence of the magazine.

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The Tragedy of the West Coast Wildfires

The disasterencapsulates a moment in which both science and the everyday rhythms of American life seem to be under assault, Amy Davidson Sorkin writes.

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Running a Virtual School on Chicago‘s West Side

Peter Slevin writes about Oscar DePriest Elementary, on Chicago‘s West Side, which is adapting to virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sunday Reading: The World of Alex Ross

From The New Yorker‘s archive: a selection of features and criticism by Alex Ross.

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John Cleese Discusses Creativity, Political Correctness, Monty Python, and Artichokes

Michael Schulman interviews the English comedian John Cleese about artistic inspiration, cultural appropriation, tabloid journalism, and unappealing vegetables.

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