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Letters respond to Vinson Cunningham’s analysis of how Hell has shaped the way we think and Mary Norris’s piece on learning Greek.
An L Train Love Story

An L Train Love Story

Sketchbook by Will McPhail: A lot can happen between stops.
An East Village Apartment with Its Own Trapeze

An East Village Apartment with Its Own Trapeze

Gabriel Packard on the aerialist Phoenix Feeley, who advises students to slow down and channel the Rockettes.
Slide Show: New Yorker Cartoons January 28, 2019

“Supply and Demand,” by Clarence Major

Poetry by Clarence Major: “As a dishwasher / in a restaurant / I lasted only three hours.”
Overcome Creative Block the Easy Way!

Overcome Creative Block the Easy Way!

Walter Scott humorously illustrates ways to overcome creative hurtles, including stealing others ideas then changing them a little.
Briefly Noted Book Reviews

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

“North of Dawn,” “Your Duck Is My Duck,” “The Banished Immortal,” and “People in a Magazine.”
How to Read the Good Books

How to Read the Good Books

From the Torah to the Quran, sacred texts can resist and reward modern readers, Adam Gopnik writes.
“Cream,” by Haruki Murakami

“Cream,” by Haruki Murakami

Fiction by Haruki Murakami: “‘There’s nothing worth getting in this world that you can get easily,’ the old man had said, with unshakable conviction, like Pythagoras explaining his theorem.”
You Have to Watch This Show

You Have to Watch This Show

Shouts & Murmurs by Kelly Stout: It picks up around the fourth episode, after they kill off Secondary Character You’d Kind of Thought Was Going to Be a Main Character.
Tailgating the Tappan Zee Demolition

Tailgating the Tappan Zee Demolition

Ben McGrath on the commuters, neighbors, and drone photographers who gathered to watch the bridge go down.
Haruki Murakami on Asking the Right Questions

Haruki Murakami on Asking the Right Questions

Deborah Treisman speaks with Haruki Murakami about “Cream,” his short story from the January 28, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.
Psychotic Operas at the Prototype Festival

Psychotic Operas at the Prototype Festival

New works told stories of tortured minds, Alex Ross writes.
How a Teen’s Death Has Become a Political Weapon

How a Teen’s Death Has Become a Political Weapon

When a refugee killed a fourteen-year-old girl, Germany’s far right saw opportunity in tragedy, Yascha Mounk writes.
Dana Schutz’s Paintings Wring Beauty from Worldwide Calamity

Dana Schutz’s Paintings Wring Beauty from Worldwide Calamity

Peter Schjeldahl on the artist, who vivifies the conditions of life on a faltering planet as dramatically as one can while staying devoted to aesthetic ideals.
Why Marlon James Decided to Write an African “Game of Thrones”

Why Marlon James Decided to Write an African “Game of Thrones”

Jia Tolentino interviews the Booker Prize-winning novelist about fantasy, reality, and a religious crisis that has never ended.
When Will My Apartment Be Underwater?

When Will My Apartment Be Underwater?

Charles Bethea on the climate-change activist Jon Leland, who has created thousands of stickers warning New Yorkers of rising sea levels.

“Sub Rosa Madrigal,” by Lisa Russ Spaar

Poetry by Lisa Russ Spaar: “I know time lives in me / & not the other way around.”
A Homecoming for “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico

A Homecoming for “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico

Michael Schulman and Rick Negron, who plays a Trumpish King George III in the hit musical “Hamilton,” stroll the plazas of Negron’s home town.
Trump Says That His Wall Will Stop Opioids—Two High-Profile Legal Cases Suggest That He’s Wrong

Trump Says That His Wall Will Stop Opioids—Two High-Profile Legal Cases Suggest That He’s Wrong

Margaret Talbot on two legal preceedings—one against the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, the other against the reputed drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo—and how they show that