What it Felt Like When ‘Cat Person’ Went Viral

A personal essay in which Kristen Roupenian writes about the experience of having “Cat Person” — her fictional short story about a young woman who goes through with sex she’d rather not have at the end of a bad date, published in the New Yorker in 2017 — go viral, become the subject of much public debate in the #MeToo era, and be misinterpreted as memoir.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 10, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,095 words)

Missy Elliott’s “Supa Dupa Fly” Came From the Future

The second installment in The New Yorker‘s new interactive music series about individual works explores the way Elliott’s 1997 hit album reimagined hip-hop, R&B, videos, fashion, and black female identity, and why its futuristic vision continues to influence listeners.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 20, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,711 words)

The Day the Great Plains Burned

Ian Frazier, author of the classic book The Great Plains, takes a close look at the catastrophic fires that devastated huge swathes of Kansas and Oklahoma due, in part, to climate change.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 5, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,922 words)

Color Vision

Hilton Als’ 2010 profile of poet and playwright Ntozake Shange, who died this past Saturday at age 70.

Author: Hilton Als
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 8, 2010
Length: 21 minutes (5,448 words)

Are You Sitting Down?

In this excerpt from her forthcoming memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway recalls the incident that led to the Amazon Prime series: her father coming out to her as transgender.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 7, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,907 words)

How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump

“I’m not arguing that Russians pulled the voting levers. I’m arguing that they persuaded enough people to either vote a certain way or not vote at all.”

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 25, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,925 words)

A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America

As American values shifted, and the New York that she loved changed, one naturalized citizen found herself changing too, so she and her family decided to return to her native England even though it was no longer home.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 20, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,920 words)

Nicole Holofcener’s Human Comedies

A profile of filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, whose movies — from her 1996 debut, “Walking and Talking,” to the as yet to be released “Land of Steady Habits” — are informed to varying degrees by her own experiences.

Author: Ariel Levy
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 6, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,888 words)

Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Meticulous reporting from Ronan Farrow on allegations from six women who say they experienced unwanted sexual advances from Les Moonves, the chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Corporation. In addition, 30 current and former CBS employees described experiences of “harassment, gender discrimination, or retaliation at the network.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 27, 2018
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China

JD.com is China’s second-largest e-commerce company. By using rural villages’ social networks to recruit new customers and employees, the company is capturing the country’s growing online retail market, improving Chinese life and possibly giving villagers an incentive not to leave for the city.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 32 minutes (8,008 words)