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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, May 20th

Paul Noth‘s Daily Cartoon depicts a local court using Animal Crossing to conduct its business during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump Fears Painting of Obama at White House Would Spy on Him

Andy Borowitz jokes that Donald Trump is afraid to allow a portrait of Barack Obama to hang in the White House for fear that it would spy on him.

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‘Michael Kohlhaas,‘ the Book That Made the Novel Modern

Dustin Illingworth writes about a new translation of Heinrich von Kleist‘s ‘Michael Kohlhaas,‘ from from Michael Hofmann, which was recently published by New Directions.

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Quarantine Lessons from Alfred Hitchcock

Grace Henes jokes that ‘Psycho,‘ ‘Vertigo,‘ ‘The Birds,‘ and other classic suspense films offer creepily relevant guidance for the coronavirus pandemic.

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A New Way to Listen to The New Yorker

A new audio player makes it possible to listen to narrated stories, podcasts, and The New Yorker Radio Hour in the New Yorker Today app.

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The Mysterious ‘Sweating Sickness‘ in Hilary Mantel‘s ‘Wolf Hall‘ Trilogy and the Private Country of Illness

Jia Tolentino writes about reading Hilary Mantel‘s ‘Wolf Hall‘ trilogy and how a mysterious illness described in the books resonates with life during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bolinas, California, the Town That Tested Itself for the Coronavirus

Nathan Heller reports on the ambitious and comprehensive coronavirus-testing efforts launched by the insular town of Bolinas, California, north of San Francisco.

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A U.S. Expat in China Weighs the Decision of Where to Shelter in Place

Han Zhang writes about the U.S. expat Chris Tuazon and his family‘s decision, in January, to stay in China as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country, rather than flying to the U.S.

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