Category : NewYorker Best Of

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 3 days ago

Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds

Two rival civilizations are battling for supremacy. Civilization A is stronger than Civilization B and is perceived by Civilization B as a grave threat; its position, however, is more fragile than it seems. Neither side hesitates to employ espionage,...

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 3 days ago

“Peony,” by C. L. O’Dell

Audio: Read by the author. I am ready for the nextthing: rows and rows of wingslifting off the earthand telling me to stay.The sky wriggles with lifeand still, the air is graylike any rockabove a grave.So let me have this nowbefore the blossomstake m...

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 3 days ago

“Back Then,” by Mary Grimm

Audio: Mary Grimm reads. Every year the Perseids came, splashing down from the top of the sky, and every year we begged our parents to let us go down to the lake by ourselves to see them. Every year they said no, and we sat on the narrow beach at the...

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 3 days ago

“Because,” by Ellen Bass

Audio: Read by the author. Because the night I gave birth my husband went blind.Hysterical, I guess you’d call it.Because there’d been too many peopleand then there was no one. Onlythis small creature—her tiny cryno bigger than a sequin.Because I’d b...

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 4 days ago

My Father’s Things, and My Own

My father died nearly twenty-five years ago. Still, I can conjure that time as if it were yesterday: the bewildering, quiet ride to the hospital, with the ambulance lights flashing but no siren, early on Christmas Eve, 1995; his week of decline; his...

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 6 days ago

The Invention of the “Beach Read”

Summer reading—so much expectation and anxiety and judgment is compressed within those two words! June hardly has a chance to throw on a bikini and step onto the deck before morning shows, magazines, and Web sites descend with their “Beach Reads” and...

NewYorker / NewYorker Best Of - 2 weeks ago

Witnesses to D Day

On June 6, 1944, D Day, I was an Air Force sergeant in the Pacific, half a world away, but, like almost everyone around the globe, I followed the extraordinary event with acute interest. Some future New Yorker colleagues of mine had a closer look. Ga...