The New Yorker

Mark Ulriksen’s “Slippery Slopes”

The artist Mark Ulriksen discusses “Slippery Slopes,” his cover for this week’s issue of the New Yorker.

“Wild Turkey”

Poetry by Jane Hirshfield: “Two remnant-dinosaur wild turkeys / walk between silence and silence.”

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

“When Montezuma Met Cortés,” “First Time Ever,” “Brass,” and “Three Daughters of Eve.”

Eckhaus Latta’s Fashion Models and “Nodels”

The casting director Rachel Chandler’s “grown, scary women who will yell at you if you drop something in their house” aesthetic.

The Banksy of Floral Design

At night, Lewis Miller takes to the streets with startling flower displays, installed guerrilla style on subway entrances and construction sites.

The Overpowering Beauty of Music at Versailles

Alex Ross on the conductor Christophe Rousset, who is reinvigorating the French Baroque.

The Feminism of France’s Minister for Gender Equality

Marlène Schiappa discusses Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuel Macron, and the path forward for French women.

How to Make a Weepy Family Drama

Emily Nussbaum reviews “Here and Now,” “This Is Us,” and “The Fosters.”

“Mozart’s Final Hour”

Poetry by D. Nurkse: “My father is playing by heart. / That stupid grief—he memorized it.”

What Went Wrong in Vietnam

The military historian Max Boot takes on the counter-insurgency maven Edward Lansdale.

Martin McDonagh’s Hangdogs and Hangmen

Hilton Als writes that in the playwright’s latest work, his slick cynicism threatens to overtake his real gifts.

Trump’s Miss Universe Gambit

Jeffrey Toobin on a 2013 pageant, in Moscow, that may have helped give Trump the Presidency.

The Domestic Thriller Is Having a Moment

Joyce Carol Oates on A .J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window,” in which an agoraphobic with a zoom lens thinks she sees something.

Ahead of the Olympics, Russia’s Doping Whistle-Blower Goes on the Lam

Grigory Rodchenkov holes up in a hotel in the tri-state area and watches the Games from which his country is banned.

Dashboard Confessional and Justin Timberlake Age Poorly

Carrie Battan reviews the albums “Crooked Shadows” and “Man of the Woods.”

A Celebrity Philosopher Explains the Populist Insurgency

Thomas Meaney on Peter Sloterdijk, a German public intellectual who has spent decades railing against the pieties of liberal democracy.

“Making Obama,” and the Former President’s Chicago Years, Are a Call to Action

Sarah Larson writes about the WBEZ Chicago podcast “Making Obama,” which traces the former President’s formative years and his political career in Chicago.

A Typical Day

Shouts & Murmurs by Zack Bornstein: Midnight–8 A.M.: Vividly hallucinate while paralyzed atop a cushion-topped box of metal springs.

The Daring Plan to Save a Religious Minority from ISIS

When the terrorist group attacked the Yazidis, a small group of American immigrants knew they could do something. Jenna Krajeski reports.