CULTURE

  • What Biden Is Thinking About the 2024 Election

    Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You Listen Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. Despite hand-wringing among Democrats about Joe Biden’s age and his discouraging poll numbers, the President’s campaign for reëlection displays an “ostentatious level of serenity,” Evan Osnos says about the election. “This is a matter of…

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  • How to Picture A.I. | The New Yorker

    A technology by itself is never enough. In order for it to be of use, it needs to be accompanied by other elements, such as popular understanding, good habits, and acceptance of shared responsibility for its consequences. Without that kind of societal halo, technologies tend to be used ineffectively or incompletely. A good example of this might be the mRNA…

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  • Thinking About A.I. with Stanisław Lem

    “We are going to speak of the future,” the Polish writer Stanisław Lem wrote, in “Summa Technologiae,” from 1964, a series of essays, mostly on humanity and the evolution of technology. “Yet isn’t discoursing about future events a rather inappropriate occupation for those who are lost in the transience of the here and now?” Lem, who died in 2006 at…

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  • The Sterile Spectacle of “Dune: Part Two”

    Having been delayed, amid the recent Hollywood strikes, from its original release date, in the fall of 2023, “Dune: Part Two” is understandably eager to get going. It’s off before we’ve even glimpsed the Warner Bros. logo, whose famous water tower is a helpful reminder to hydrate: we’ve got a long, dust-choked ride ahead. While the screen is black, a…

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  • The Hair Does the Talking

    As a boy, I got into the habit of watching my father eat. Our dinner table was round, and, on the nights when it was all of us, four kids and two parents, my mother and father would sit on one side and I would sit directly across from them. The meal was mostly silent, save for the symphony of metal…

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  • A Girl’s Coming of Age in the Countryside of Her Childhood

    “Solo Apto Para Mí Misma” chronicles adolescence amid the pandemic in the eastern plains of Colombia. Source link

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  • From House Arrest to the Oscars Circuit

    Probably the only people at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last week who were out on bail were Bobi Wine, the Ugandan politician and musician, and his wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi. Their presence was seemingly the result of some rather cynical political calculations. Once the film about Wine’s Presidential campaign, “Bobi Wine: The People’s President,” was nominated…

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  • Bonus Daily Cartoon: Biden Mail!

    “Hold on. I’m searching through all the junk mail Biden sends me to see if he’s forgiven my loans.” Source link

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  • Jenny Slate Doesn’t Want to Gross You Out

    “I’m embarrassed about the fluid situation,” the comedian Jenny Slate began, apologizing for her cold. We were talking on Zoom, and she was some three thousand miles away, in Los Angeles, so I told her I didn’t mind. Still, she continued, through coughs, “I’ve found, after COVID, that the sound of fluid in the nose is a turnoff for many…

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  • How Joe Biden Could Address the Age Issue

    In a report sure to find its place in the annals of politically damaging exonerations, Robert Hur, the special counsel appointed to investigate Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents, cleared the President of wrongdoing, and explicitly distinguished his behavior from Donald Trump’s more egregious misconduct in a similar case. But Hur, a Republican, also noted that he didn’t recommend charges…

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