A Week at the Epicenter of America’s Coronavirus Crisis

James Ross Gardner on the past week of life and the first deaths in Seattle — the first city to feel the effects of Covid-19 in America. “Every avoidance felt like an act of heroism. You told yourself you were saving lives, and you were probably right.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 13, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,544 words)

The Man Behind Trump’s Facebook Juggernaut

Brad Parscale used social media to sway the 2016 election. He’s poised to do it again.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 2, 2020
Length: 37 minutes (9,300 words)

Stalking a Rustically Hip Family on Instagram

“My side-eye at the family’s neo-pioneer lifestyle is accompanied by a thrum of envy for the freedom of their life and a desperate, shame-filled recognition of the disparity between their towering competence and my obvious lack thereof.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 1, 2020
Length: 5 minutes (1,348 words)

What Charles Portis Taught Us

Portis published five novels during his lifetime, but their depth and singular wit earned the author a devoted following. One fan examines why.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 20, 2020
Length: 5 minutes (1,374 words)

The Wrong Way to Fight the Opioid Crisis

People struggling with addiction who share a lethal dose of drugs are being prosecuted as killers.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Feb 3, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,110 words)

The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees

Sequoias can live for thousands of years, but a single bristlecone in California’s White Mountains can live indefinitely. This gnarled tree species will outlive humanity.

Author: Alex Ross
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,244 words)

N.K. Jemisin’s Dream Worlds

In Raffi Khatchadourian’s New Yorker profile, N.K. Jemisin recounts the racism she witnessed as a child in Alabama in the ’80s, as well as racism — editorial and otherwise that she has lived through in her career.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 20, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,746 words)

Language Barrier

For migrants who speak Mayan languages, a grassroots group of interpreters is often their only hope for receiving asylum.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 30, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,960 words)

The Art of Dying

In this long, kitchen-sink essay, long-time New Yorker writer and art critic Peter Schjeldahl reveals that he is dying of lung cancer. He poignantly looks back at his life and career, and his history as a smoker.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,282 words)

The Age of Instagram Face

Jia Tolentino goes undercover into the world of plastic surgery, where everyone wants to look like an already-warped version of Kim Kardashian.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,858 words)