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End All Youth Detention and Torture at Rikers Island Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Nobody of any age should be held in jail without a trial for three years. No child or adolescent should be held in an adult jail. Yet, a 16-year-old accused of stealing a backpack was kept in one of the most violent adult jails in the United States, Rikers Island in New York City, for three years without a trial. This was morally scandalous and inhumane. Even worse, he spent more than two years of that time in solitary confinement, locked up alone except to go to the shower, the recreation area, the visit room or the medical clinic. This was torture. The suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder on June 6, barely two years after his release and return home, was the final horror in his tragic and brutal journey into the depths of the adult criminal justice system in New York.

Groundhog Day

Francis Levy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Modernity is ubiquitous. There's little way of escaping it, unless you're convicted of something and become an uncooperative prisoner. Then you will be put in solitary confinement, still a widely used form of punishment, which has little to commend it beyond the fact that it so steadfastly avoids the notion of progress.

John Colapinto Won a National Magazine Award, Writes for the New Yorker and His Last Novel Was a Hit. So Why Can't You Buy His New Book?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

John Colapinto's latest novel, "Undone," was recently published in Canada and Japan -- but it was rejected by 41 publishers in this country and a similar number in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Nudging Your Way to Oblivion

Francis Levy | Posted 05.20.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

The roulette wheel is spinning. Maybe it will be your lucky day. Before the advent of the internet, the manila envelope with its SASE was the proxy for your hopes. Now everything is faster. You hit a button and your attachment is released into posterity.

Sy Hersh: Old, Cranky and Spot On

Robert Miraldi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Media
Robert Miraldi

This is Sy Hersh. He is irascible, iconoclastic, irrepressible, difficult, passionate -- and still angry about governmental lies. And he is usually right.

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

Why Short Stories Matter Now More Than Ever

Steven Petite | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

If F. Scott Fitzgerald was alive today and writing, his income would be roughly half a million dollars a year. In his prime writing days, Fitzgerald was pulling in well over ten thousand dollars a year on short stories alone.

Angry Birds

Sean Carman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Sean Carman

Franzen's essay deserved a more considered and respectful response. The issues he raised are complicated and important. They deserve our careful reflection, not hit pieces from angry content editors on the web sites of prominent environmental organizations.

White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Girlfriend or a Cat? A Quiz

Sam Johnson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Comedy
Sam Johnson

Do the following statements refer to (a) my White Anglo-Saxon Protestant girlfriend or (b) a cat?

Lena Dunham's Dog Quiz Is Shameful

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.30.2015 | Media
Lev Raphael

Is this really 2015 humor? Is this New Yorker humor? Is this even funny?

Don't Read Lena Dunham: It Only Encourages Her

Martin Kleinman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Comedy
Martin Kleinman

Couldn't the editors have been mindful of the fact that comparing Jews and dogs, in any context, might be considered -- oh, just maybe -- insulting?

Dog or Lena Dunham?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Which of the following describes Lena Dunham, which describes my West Highland White Terrier? 1) Over-praised and over-paid. 2) Has a frisky gait....

Condé Nast Hired Dorothy Parker 100 Years Ago

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.17.2015 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

Dorothy Rothschild was 21 and living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when she mailed a letter that changed her life. It happened 100 years ago, sometime in early 1915. The moment set the scene for her to become Dorothy Parker.

Teaching Robots To Be Moral

The New Yorker | Gary Marcus | Posted 03.15.2015 | Science

“Chappie,” the highest-grossing movie in America last weekend, is, to put it mildly, not a great film; the critics have given it a twenty-nine on ...

Michael Calderone

New Yorker's Ken Auletta Didn't Mention That Tom Brokaw's Vacation Plans Included Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 03.09.2015 | Media

NEW YORK -- Veteran New Yorker media writer Ken Auletta reported last month how former "NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw played a key role in the...

Jon Krakauer Offers New Theory on How Chris McCandless Died

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Alaska Dispatch News

Author Jon Krakauer posted "How Chris McCandless Died: An Update" Wednesday at The New Yorker online with the fifth theory he has put forward since 1993 to justify his claim that the young man did not die of reckless behavior but of poisoning.

Day 2-3-SBIFF-"Tiger Tiger," Brad Hall, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jennifer Aniston

Sally Fay | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

On Thursday, January 29th, I scrambled into the U.S. premiere of Canadian writer/director, Lindsay MacKay's independent feature, "Wet Bum." This was my second attempt to see this film as the first one had been full!

The New Yorker Unveils Striking MLK Cover

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media

Channeling the iconic image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. linking arms with fellow civil rights activists during the march from Selma, Alabama to the...

Sasha Frere-Jones Is Leaving The New Yorker To Annotate Lyrics

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Media

The New Yorker's veteran music critic Sasha Frere-Jones is leaving the magazine to join Genius, a website devoted largely to annotating popular song l...

The New Yorker's Cover Demonstrates 'Solidarité' With Charlie Hebdo

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.09.2015 | Media

Three gunmen stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo Wednesday morning, killing 12 people in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks o...

Annoyed at the 'New Yorker' Online

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 03.07.2015 | Technology
Trisha de Borchgrave

I know print publications are losing money. Maybe, like Hollywood actors who advertise cognac and watches in foreign, far away places, the New Yorker is reaping revenue in the wee hours of human sleep when no one is really looking. Except some of us are and it's really annoying.

6 Women You Didn't Know Were Members Of The Algonquin Round Table

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

I was delighted to uncover the names and stories of the other members of the Vicious Circle, women that had fascinating and full lives.

Can Limiting The Use Of Military Gear Prevent Another Ferguson?

www.newyorker.com | Maria Konnikova | Posted 12.06.2014 | Science

On Monday afternoon, President Obama announced, as part of his response to the clashes between protesters and police that have occurred in Ferguson, ...

KeenON: The New Yorker's James Surowiecki on the Digital Future

Techonomy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Technology
Techonomy

Techonomy is proud to present KeenON, a series of interviews by techonologist and author Andrew Keen that explores the intersection of tech, busine...

The Faithful Shopper: Wonderful Windows

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 02.01.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's that most wonderful time of year for window shoppers -- and all shoppers. Our major department and jewelry stores have unveiled their holiday displays, and it's time to indulge the inner child in us all.