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When federal transportation regulators declared Fung Wah buses a safety hazard on Feb. 25, no one who had ever taken the budget carrier could have been shocked in the least.
Everyone knew – and safety records confirm – that the budget buses were unsafe. So what took regulators so long to step in?
By SHAWN MUSGRAVE  |  March 22, 2013
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Nico Muhly, wunderkind, comes home

It would be nearly impossible to summarize everything Nico Muhly has accomplished since graduating high school in Providence in 1999 — though, certainly, plenty have tried.
High Note
By PHILIP EIL  |  September 28, 2012
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Picking the season’s best books — for everyone from plutocrats to paupers

In recent months, Americans have become acutely aware of class divisions — thus it’s possible to choose books for your friends and family based on their income bracket.
Reading class
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 09, 2011
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He's all Dwight

Throughout the 1940s, 50s, and '60s, Dwight Macdonald was one of the nation's most provocative and original literary, political, and cultural critics.
Remembering Dwight Macdonald's work
By PETER KADZIS  |  October 21, 2011

Declare yourself

The 8000-plus-word play-by-play of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, written by freelancer Nicholas Schmidle and published in the New Yorker recently, is a fascinating read, with lots of juicy details (example: the plan was always to kill bin Lade
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 26, 2011

At the trough

In another example of the wonderful money management skills of government everywhere in Rhode Island, it appears that when it comes to getting rid of a budget deficit, you do it by throwing money at lawyers.
Good money after bad; letter from London; road woes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 19, 2011


Tips for young artists

This region of the country is, and always has been, a magnet for artists. If I spent some time thinking about why this is the case, I could probably conjure up a few convincing theories. But that's not my purpose today.
Express your self; bus fumes; bands behind bars
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 15, 2011
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Odd Future blew up out of nowhere. But they didn't do it alone.

By now you've heard about how post-this, uber-that, and pre-apocalyptically radical the Los Angeles collective Odd Future is. Or maybe your little sis came home with ringleader Tyler the Creator's tag tatted on her teenage ta-ta's.
Making the brand
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: Gorey at the Athenæum, animation at MassArt

In Edward Gorey's old-timey illustrated books, parents leave on an excursion and never return, friends enter a tunnel and never come out, a mother falls ill and dies, a man driving around searching for his lost daughter runs over her with his car, a pec
Cartoon network
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2011
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Poems, prose, and the New Yorker

After James Merrill described Elizabeth Bishop as "a poet's poet's poet," reviewers repeated the witticism as if it were true. Actually, beginning with her first book, Bishop got awards and grants — that master poet politician Robert Lowell was in her co
Elizabeth Bishop goes pop
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  February 04, 2011


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Gift Guide 2010: Books that'll make your coffee table look smart

There are books, and then there are deluxe books. They're like normal books, but more badass.
 Rock of Pages
By MICHAEL GOETZMAN, MICAH HAUSER, AND STEVE MILLER  |  December 10, 2010

808s and page breaks: SFJ shows us how to beatbox with Google Translate


We always knew Sasha Frere-Jones would eventually produce something worthwhile; it was only a matter of time. This morning, the New Yorker's fancy-schmancy "Pop Critic"...
By Steve Miller  |  November 29, 2010
Ten minutes with The New Yorker’s Alex Ross

Ten minutes with The New Yorker’s Alex Ross


 The title of New Yorker critic Alex Ross’s new book, Listen to This (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), takes its name from an essay about the...
By Jon Garelick  |  November 10, 2010

The circus came to town

In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea
Tea Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010
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Dinaw Mengestu's subtle take on immigrant blues

Seriousness sets Dinaw Mengestu's work apart from most novels about the immigrant experience.
White lies
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 22, 2010


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Pimping his ride

This week, the Paul Revere Memorial Association and the Old South Meeting House kick off a free, month-long lecture series to take place at the latter.
History Dept.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 03, 2010
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Review: William Steig's gentle genius

Is anything more delicious than being naughty? That might be the moral of William Steig's 1990 kids' picture book Shrek! — if Shrek! were the kind of story that has a moral.
Sweet curmudgeon
By GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2010
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Slideshow: William Steig

 "William Steig: Love and Laughter," now at the Norman Rockwell Museum through October 31.
 "William Steig: Love and Laughter," now at the Norman Rockwell Museum through October 31.
By WILLIAM STEIG  |  August 20, 2010

Confessions of a pâté girl

A New Yorker subscription to go along with your birth certificate. A special set of bumper stickers for your first red wagon: BORN TO BE IN THERAPY and I BRAKE FOR LIBERALS. And a procession of strange contradictions.
Ah, growing up in Cambridge
By CAROLINE KNAPP  |  August 06, 2010
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Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010


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Review: Letters To Juliet

After tugging at our heartstrings in Dear John , Amanda Seyfried once again takes on the role of a do-gooder infatuated with letter writing.
'Tis torture, and not mercy
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 14, 2010
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Twilight of the superheroes

While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 30, 2010

Do you know Christopher Owens?


A long story in the New Yorker this week describes, among many other things, the shooting death of a suspected wild-animal poacher in Zambia in...
By Jeff Inglis  |  April 05, 2010

Atul Gawande: Will Obamacare bankrupt Boston's Children's Hospital?


Our fanboyism on ATUL GAWANDE is well-established: we think he should be surgeon general. Brilliant medical writer. Brilliant medical thinker. One of the very few...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 02, 2010

New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg "had a bad feeling" about Coakley race. But didn't say anything, either.


It's become Democratic manna that MARTHA COAKLEY blew the biggest statewide race in 21st-century Massachusetts politics by running an historically awful campaign. But it's kind...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 01, 2010


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Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010
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RIP Gourmet Magazine


  I know it's a little foofoo and some of the dishes are really meant for the culinary wizards of the country (hence the name I...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  October 05, 2009
Trent Reznor to Interscope: "Fuck you. Take that beat and shove it up Timbaland’s ass"

Trent Reznor to Interscope: "Fuck you. Take that beat and shove it up Timbaland’s ass"


We love it when the New Yorker hangs with the plebes. In the current issue SFJ goes to one of those last Nine Inch Nails...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 08, 2009
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The end of the affair?

During Mitt Romney's failed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he demonstrated a potent knack for wooing the conservative commentariat.
Mitt Romney's right-wing-media problem. Plus, Michael Bloomberg's blind spot.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 28, 2009