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Letter from Montreal

Joe Beef and the Excesses of Restaurant Culture

What happens when the chefs behind North America’s most hedonistic restaurant quit drinking.

Under Review

The Rock Critic Robert Christgau’s Big-Hearted Theory of Pop

Two recent collections make the surprising case that Christgau, who is known for his capsule reviews, has done his best work in his essays.

A Reporter at Large

The Undercover Fascist

A young Englishman got mixed up in a white-supremacist movement. Then he learned of a plot to kill a politician.

Personal History

My Brother Tom’s Schizophrenia

As the years passed, Tom grew more entrenched in his homelessness. He was absorbed in lofty fantasies and private missions, aware of the basest necessities and the most transcendent abstractions, and almost nothing in between.

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Annals of Gastronomy

The Underrated Pleasures of an Early Dinner

Late dinner, sexy and recherché, has its acolytes. But, despite its connotations of denture-friendly fare and penny-pinching, early dinner is the most decadent meal there is.

Culture Desk

Eurovision’s Sanitized Vision of Israel

This year’s competition, which featured Madonna, Gal Gadot, and more, seemed intent on presenting Israel as miraculously untouched by political tensions.

Cultural Comment

How Jeff Koons’s “Rabbit” Became Big Game

Being expensive is not the same as being great. Koons’s “Rabbit” is both.


Legalization Changed Humboldt County Marijuana

In an isolated Northern California community, the last remnants of the counterculture are confronting the future of cannabis.

Personal History

Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston

Christianity formed my deepest instincts, and I have been walking away from it for half my life.

Puzzles Dept.

The Weekday Crossword

“Call Me by Your Name” name: four letters.

The Latest

The Koch Brothers’ Kama Sutra

Begin by flirting with a small Texas town. Tease the local people with bulging economic incentives. When they’re begging you to penetrate the market, spread open their valley and frack it silly.

7:00 A.M.

The Joy of Spring

Isn’t springtime wonderful? Of course! Or maybe not.

May 21, 2019

Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, May 21st

“Just refuse to step down. That’s how I’d do it.”

May 21, 2019

The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar’s Pictures

Maar’s work did not begin or end with Surrealism. She was several sorts of artist in the decade or less that her photography had free rein.

May 21, 2019

In Elvia Wilk’s “Oval,” Earth, Capitalism, and the Human Species Sink Toward Doom

The book feints toward a kind of tragic vision that disguises itself as satire, but it has a warm center in its protagonist.

May 21, 2019
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“Just refuse to step down. That’s how I’d do it.”

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The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar’s Pictures

Maar’s work did not begin or end with Surrealism. She was several sorts of artist in the decade or less during which her photography had free rein.

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Tables for Two

Van Da’s Tour of Vietnamese Delicacies

Led by two female chefs, the East Village restaurant offers creative bites and traditional dishes that don’t normally travel abroad.

Night Life

Summer Night-Life Preview

Rising temperatures allow for the pleasures of outdoor concerts, such as Governors Ball, Summer Jam, SummerStage, and more.

The Out-Of-Towners

The Crisis Called for Goats

The Riverside Park Conservancy has hired a herd of twenty-four to chew their way through a hillside of poison ivy and other invasive species.


“Ross Perot and China”

“When he turned to see what effect his speech had had, she was gone, jeans and sweater in a little pile with the pipe and lighter.”

Our Columnists

The Trump Administration to Congress: Drop Dead

Trump has proved himself to be an imperial President who is determined to treat Congress like a subservient body rather than a coequal branch of government.

Donald Trump on Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, and the Democratic Field

“I’m looking at the competition. You sort of dream about competition like that, but who knows. Who knows?” the President said, of his Democratic challengers in the 2020 Presidential race.

Putin and Trump’s Ominous Nostalgia for the Second World War

Both leaders have promised to make their countries great again, and they have a way of alighting on the same points of reference.

Trump, Bolton, and the Alleged March to Fight Iran

The President has blown up the old way of American foreign-policymaking, which makes the risk of a miscalculation higher than ever.

Alabama Senate Votes to Virtually Eliminate Tourism to Alabama

“This will be the best thing to keep people from visiting Alabama since Roy Moore,” Greg Reed, the Senate Majority Leader and a supporter of the measure, said.

“Booksmart,” Reviewed: Olivia Wilde’s Toothless Teen Comedy

The film’s perspective is as Manichaean as one might expect to find in a doctrinaire religious or political film. It’s a teen drama that hardly any teens will want to see.


Live: James Taylor and Lucinda Williams

James Taylor gives Adam Gopnik a quick guitar lesson, and Lucinda Williams bares her soul to Ariel Levy.

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