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William Barr and the Crucial Role of the Justice Department

Donald Trump’s nominee told senators that he would protect the work of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, but that’s not the Attorney General’s only job.

Daily Comment

Trump Says His Wall Will Stop Opioids—Here’s Why He’s Wrong

Proceedings against a pharmaceutical company in Massachusetts and a reputed drug kingpin in New York point to vigilance at legal ports of entry as the smarter interdiction.


Short Story: “Cream”

“‘There’s nothing worth getting in this world that you can get easily,’ the old man had said, with unshakable conviction, like Pythagoras explaining his theorem.”

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This Week in Fiction

Haruki Murakami on Asking the Right Questions

The author discusses “Cream,” his short story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

News Desk

Trump Offers a Deal That Democrats Are Sure to Reject

The most revealing aspect of Saturday’s proposal is its bland predictability.

Sporting Scene

Anisimova’s Loss Highlights the Depth of the Women’s Tour

The parity of the women’s game, which has at times looked like chaos, is now revealing itself to be a source of the sport’s strength.

Cover Story

John Cuneo’s “Walled In”

The magazine’s latest cover addresses the ongoing government shutdown, which is now the longest in history.

Puzzles Dept.

The Weekly Crossword

Soccer star Cristiano who was the most-followed athlete on Instagram in 2018: seven letters.

Double Take

Martin Luther King, Jr., in The New Yorker

A collection of articles on King’s life, death, and legacy, days after what would have been his ninetieth birthday.

The Latest

Overcome Creative Block the Easy Way!

A new look can inspire new ideas, so go ahead . . . cut your own bangs!

5:00 A.M.

Alternate Uses for Low-Rise Jeans

Extend the arms of your ceiling fans, layer over high-rise jeans, and other innovations.

January 20, 2019

Sunday Reading: Spycraft

From The New Yorker’s archive, pieces that explore the often bizarre world in which espionage unfolds.

January 20, 2019

Mary Oliver in The New Yorker

The poems that Mary Oliver published in The New Yorker exemplify the themes and modes for which her work is best known, often finding the sacred in communion with the commonplace.

January 19, 2019

“Glass,” Reviewed: M. Night Shyamalan’s Unsatisfying Obsession with Superheroes

What’s most notable about the film’s aesthetic is its texturelessness. It suggests a filmmaker on the outside looking in, and looking toward the next sequel.

January 19, 2019
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For the Love of Bread

Bread enthusiasts discuss baking techniques and the ways that low-carb diets have villainized the starchy staple.

Cartoons from the Issue

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Patti Smith’s Talismanic Photos

Smith’s photographic work from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s home, and beyond, reflects her deep reverence for ordinary objects and the poetry they contain.

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Tables for Two

Uptown Glamour and Tortellini Pie at Leonti

Adam Leonti’s new Italian restaurant in the old Dovetail space is boldly creative and luxuriously inviting.

The Art World

Dana Schutz’s Paintings Wring Beauty from Worldwide Calamity

The artist vivifies the conditions of life on a faltering planet as dramatically as one can while staying devoted to aesthetic ideals.


An East Village Apartment with Its Own Trapeze

The aerialist Phoenix Feeley advises students to slow down and channel the Rockettes.

Shouts & Murmurs

You Have to Watch This Show

It picks up around the fourth episode, after they kill off Secondary Character You’d Kind of Thought Was Going to Be a Main Character. 

Our Columnists

Why the BuzzFeed Story on Trump Tower Moscow Is Different

The survival of the Trump Presidency may depend on the accuracy of a new and damning report.

Theresa May Just Suffered a Historic Defeat on Brexit—Now What?

If nothing changes, Britain will still leave the European Union, on March 29th—ten weeks from now.

An Extraordinary New Film Captures the Spectacle of Soviet Show Trials

In “The Trial,” a palpable sense of randomness is the director Sergei Loznitsa’s singular accomplishment.

Mike Pompeo and His Bible Define U.S. Policy in the Middle East

The Secretary of State’s tour of the region comes at a time when U.S. policy in the region is full of chaos and contradictions.

Trump Offers Pelosi $130,000 to Keep Quiet

According to aides, the President asserted in a meeting that he had done “a million of these deals.”

“Cane River,” a Lost Film About Romance Amid the Burdens of Black American History

The drama is embodied in the concept of independence, which is inseparable from a confrontation with the burdens of personal and collective history.


Accusing R. Kelly, and the Fall of a Chinese Pop Star

A new documentary implicates the singer R. Kelly, his enablers, and even his fans, with a history of abuse allegations. And the singer Denise Ho reflects on the cost of taking a stand in China.

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