The Precious Contingencies of Immigrants in “Sanctuary City”
by Vinson Cunningham
Martyna Majok’s play, presented by New York Theatre Workshop at the Lucille Lortel, focusses on two precisely defined characters to explore the injustices experienced by Dreamers in America.
When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?
by Jill Lepore
Efforts to rescue African American burial grounds and remains have exposed deep conflicts over inheritance and representation.
An Accidental Collection
by Haruki Murakami
How I amassed more T-shirts than I can store.
How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars
by Margaret Talbot
The all-too-human plaintiff of Roe v. Wade captured the messy contradictions hidden by a polarizing debate.
Invasion of the Robot Umpires
by Zach Helfand
The minor leagues have been testing the Automated Ball-Strike System. But isn’t yelling and screaming about bad calls half the fun of baseball?
On Air with the Greatest Radio Station in the World
by David Owen
WPKN-FM—on which you can hear a Stevie Wonder song performed by an all-women jazz septet or twenty minutes of Tuvan throat singing—moves to a new location in downtown Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The Lost Canyon Under Lake Powell
by Elizabeth Kolbert
Drought is shrinking one of the country’s largest reservoirs, revealing a hidden Eden.
The Epic Style of Kerry James Marshall
by Calvin Tomkins
The artist, a virtuoso of landscape, portraiture, still-life, history painting, and other genres of the Western canon since the Renaissance, can do anything.
New York’s Dreamy, Disorienting Reopening
Photography by Matthew Pillsbury
Text by Zach Helfand
Matthew Pillsbury’s long-exposure photographs capture the return of crowds after COVID lockdown. As communal city life comes back, can we find one another?
Lyubov Sobol’s Hope for Russia
by Masha Gessen
With Alexey Navalny in prison, one of his closest aides is carrying on the lonely work of the opposition.