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May 27, 2021
Lucy McKeon is on the editorial staff of the New York Review of Books.
What We Want When We Read
“I always hope to be totally destroyed by a novel.”
April 24, 2021
Asking the Right Questions
“I am interested in how much freedom a person can have—this freedom leading them to something that only they can do.”
April 17, 2021
The Ecstatic Internet
“Many of us have found a contingent online community of funny, smart black people from across the diaspora, one that isn’t necessarily available to us IRL.”
March 27, 2021
Chronicler of a World on the Move
“Despite the immense amount of violence and loss I have witnessed, I remain interested in the miracle of survival, in what keeps us going.”
January 9, 2021
The Best of 2020
The past year’s highlights on nybooks.com.
December 26, 2020
On Race and Property in the South
“There is just something about the robustness of Black cultural institutions and networks in the South that can’t be matched elsewhere.”
November 28, 2020
On the Far Right and Policing in America
“There is an appetite for accountability reporting that is a direct result of the change in public attitude.”
November 14, 2020
News From Elsewhere
Events from around the world you may have missed if you were busy watching ballot counts in the US.
November 6, 2020
ICE’s Bail Bonds and the Migrant Detention Industry
Zukowska grew up undocumented in the US, an experience that politicized her. Today, her writing and organizing centers on immigrant rights.
October 31, 2020
On Photography, Colonial History, and Collective Memory
“I want photographs to bring me closer to storytelling, to help me understand tragedy.”
October 3, 2020
Memories of a Mentor and Friend
The writer and critic on how he and Stanley Crouch bonded over a shared love of jazz.
September 26, 2020
Remembering David Graeber
“He always said anarchism isn’t an identity, it’s a way of being, something you do—and he was true to that formulation.”
September 5, 2020
A Doctor and Mother’s Account of the Devastating Blast in Beirut
“Negligence is too feeble a word to describe the government’s failure.”
August 18, 2020
Portraits of American Protest
In Our Voices, Our Streets: American Protests 2001–2011, Kevin Bubriski documents the first decade of the new millennium with portraits of dissent.
April 11, 2020
Pandemic Journal, March 23–29
Brief dispatches by New York Review writers documenting the coronavirus outbreak around the world, including Michael Greenberg in Brooklyn, Raquel Salas Rivera in San Juan, Aida Alami in Paris, Rahmane Idrissa in Niamey, and more.
March 29, 2020
Marching for Our Lives
The organizers of the March for Our Lives knew that what the people want now, above all, are the kids. We came to listen and to look them in the eyes.
March 25, 2018
Living Room Portraits
In addition to portraiture and reportage, Dominique Nabokov has captured cultural figures by photographing not the people themselves, but their living rooms.
March 2, 2018
Photos I've Never Seen
For most of my life, I knew of just one photograph from my parents’ wedding. It wasn’t even from the actual day.
February 10, 2018
Jamaica’s Dancehall Style
The imagery of Jamaican music, not just the sound, has captured the global imagination for decades. Beth Lesser’s photographs document the zenith of dancehall—often described as reggae’s raucous younger sibling.
October 24, 2017
A Forgotten Police Shooting
Five years ago Ramarley Graham was shot and killed in his home by NYPD Officer Richard Haste. Graham was unarmed. Haste’s administrative trial came to an end last month and a final verdict is now pending.
February 4, 2017
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