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Ian Buruma and Philip Gourevitch on Liao Yiwu.

Monday, June 24, 2013

This week in the magazine, Ian Buruma writes about the exiled Chinese writer Liao Yiwu whose prison memoir, "For a Song and a Hundred Songs," was recently published in English. Liao is also known for his book of interviews, "The Corpse Walker," which is made up of talks with Chinese prisoners and other marginal characters. Philip Gourevitch helped publish the first English translations of those interviews and has blogged about Liao Yiwu extensively on newyorker.com. Here, Buruma and Gourevitch talk about why Liao doesn't consider himself a political dissident, why his writing is threatening to the Chinese government, and the challenges of living in exile.
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Larissa MacFarquhar on Japan’s culture of suicide.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This week in the magazine, Larissa MacFarquhar Profiles a Japanese Buddhist monk who offers counsel and aid to people contemplating suicide. Here, MacFarquhar talks with Sasha Weiss about the culture of suicide in Japan and how Ittetsu Nemoto's belief in suffering as a path to self-knowledge has prepared him to help the suicidal.
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Larissa MacFarquhar on Japan's culture of suicide.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This week in the magazine, Larissa MacFarquhar Profiles a Japanese Buddhist monk who offers counsel and aid to people contemplating suicide. Here, MacFarquhar talks with Sasha Weiss about the culture of suicide in Japan and how Ittetsu Nemoto's belief in suffering as a path to self-knowledge has prepared him to help the suicidal.
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Roger Angell and Mark Singer on New York’s high-crime years.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The theme of this week's Fiction Issue is "Crimes and Misdemeanors"; Roger Angell writes about the perils of living in New York City during the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Here, The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman talks with Roger Angell and staff writer Mark Singer about that era and crime writing. Also, Ed Park's secret password, and a song commentary by Marc Philippe Eskenazi.
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Roger Angell and Mark Singer on New York's high-crime years.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The theme of this week's Fiction Issue is "Crimes and Misdemeanors"; Roger Angell writes about the perils of living in New York City during the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Here, The New Yorker's fiction editor Deborah Treisman talks with Roger Angell and staff writer Mark Singer about that era and crime writing. Also, Ed Park's secret password, and a song commentary by Marc Philippe Eskenazi.
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Nick Paumgarten and Peter Hessler on mountaineering.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This week, Nick Paumgarten writes about the Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who made a name for himself climbing mountains at high speed with no ropes. In a recent climb, on Mt. Everest, Steck and his climbing partners got into a violent confrontation with Nepalese Sherpas. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Paumgarten and staff writer Peter Hessler about lure and lore of mountaineering, how the influence of corporate sponsorship has changed the sport, and the complicated relationship between Sherpas and Western climbers on Everest. Also, why David Sedaris is on his best behavior around guests.
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Nick Paumgarten and Peter Hessler on mountaineering.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This week, Nick Paumgarten writes about the Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who made a name for himself climbing mountains at high speed with no ropes. In a recent climb, on Mt. Everest, Steck and his climbing partners got into a violent confrontation with Nepalese Sherpas. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Paumgarten and staff writer Peter Hessler about lure and lore of mountaineering, how the influence of corporate sponsorship has changed the sport, and the complicated relationship between Sherpas and Western climbers on Everest. Also, why David Sedaris is on his best behavior around guests.
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George Packer and Ken Auletta on Silicon Valley

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This week in the magazine, George Packer asks tech-industry insiders why the vast profits of the tech world have paralleled a growing disparity between rich and poor, and how they think about their social and political roles. Ken Auletta often writes about the tech industry for the magazine's Annals of Communication column. Here, Packer and Auletta talk with the editor of newyorker.com, Nicholas Thompson, about the culture and politics of Silicon Valley. Also, Deborah Treisman channels Italo Calvino.
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George Packer and Ken Auletta on Silicon Valley

Monday, May 20, 2013

This week in the magazine, George Packer asks tech-industry insiders why the vast profits of the tech world have paralleled a growing disparity between rich and poor, and how they think about their social and political roles. Ken Auletta often writes about the tech industry for the magazine's Annals of Communication column. Here, Packer and Auletta talk with the editor of newyorker.com, Nicholas Thompson, about the culture and politics of Silicon Valley. Also, Deborah Treisman channels Italo Calvino.
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Emily Nussbaum on “Mad Men”

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week in the magazine, Emily Nussbaum takes a look at the latest season of "Mad Men." Here, Nussbaum talks with Sasha Weiss and Michael Agger about the show's triumphs, the problems with Don Draper's backstory, and why anti-heroes like Don dominate many of the most ambitious serial TV dramas. Also, Susan Orlean calls in from her treadmill desk.
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Emily Nussbaum on "Mad Men"

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week in the magazine, Emily Nussbaum takes a look at the latest season of "Mad Men." Here, Nussbaum talks with Sasha Weiss and Michael Agger about the show's triumphs, the problems with Don Draper's backstory, and why anti-heroes like Don dominate many of the most ambitious serial TV dramas. Also, Susan Orlean calls in from her treadmill desk.
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Rivka Galchen and Jerome Groopman on medical writing.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This week in the magazine, the novelist Rivka Galchen goes back to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, where she did her medical residency, and writes about a doctor she had a rotation with, Dr. Joseph Lieber. Here, she and Jerome Groopman, who writes about medical issues for the magazine, talk about the training of doctors and about medical writing with the literary editor of newyorker.com, Sasha Weiss. Also, Joan Acocella on the new-burlesque scene.
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Rivka Galchen and Jerome Groopman on medical writing.

Monday, May 06, 2013

This week in the magazine, the novelist Rivka Galchen goes back to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, where she did her medical residency, and writes about a doctor she had a rotation with, Dr. Joseph Lieber. Here, she and Jerome Groopman, who writes about medical issues for the magazine, talk about the training of doctors and about medical writing with the literary editor of newyorker.com, Sasha Weiss. Also, Joan Acocella on the new-burlesque scene.
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Ben McGrath and Roger Angell on writing about baseball.

Monday, April 29, 2013

This week in the magazine, Ben McGrath profiles the knuckleball pitcher R. A. Dickey. Here, Amy Davidson talks with McGrath and Roger Angell about the strange charms of the knuckleball (and knuckleball pitchers), and how they approach writing about baseball. Also, Ariel Levy on half-wild house cats.
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Ben McGrath and Roger Angell on writing about baseball.

Monday, April 29, 2013

This week in the magazine, Ben McGrath profiles the knuckleball pitcher R. A. Dickey. Here, Amy Davidson talks with McGrath and Roger Angell about the strange charms of the knuckleball (and knuckleball pitchers), and how they approach writing about baseball. Also, Ariel Levy on half-wild house cats.
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William Finnegan on the deportation of an American citizen.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This week in the magazine, William Finnegan tells the story of Mark Lyttle, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina who was deported to Mexico despite ample evidence that he was an American. Michael Agger spoke with Finnegan and his editor, John Bennet, about Lyttle's nightmarish story and what it says about our immigration system. They also looked back at Finnegan's writing career, including his early Profile of Barack Obama and his years reporting from Africa and Mexico. Also, the cartoon editor Bob Mankoff transforms famous paintings into New Yorker cartoons.
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William Finnegan on the deportation of an American citizen.

Monday, April 22, 2013

This week in the magazine, William Finnegan tells the story of Mark Lyttle, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina who was deported to Mexico despite ample evidence that he was an American. Michael Agger spoke with Finnegan and his editor, John Bennet, about Lyttle's nightmarish story and what it says about our immigration system. They also looked back at Finnegan's writing career, including his early Profile of Barack Obama and his years reporting from Africa and Mexico. Also, the cartoon editor Bob Mankoff transforms famous paintings into New Yorker cartoons.
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Burkhard Bilger on his writing career.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This week in the magazine, Burkhard Bilger writes about NASA's Curiosity rover mission. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Bilger and his editor Cressida Leyshon about his career, which includes writing about Burmese pythons in Florida, police dogs in New York City, and short-order cooks in Las Vegas. Bilger explains how having a German engineer for a father shaped his interest in science, and how growing up in Oklahoma led to his interest into Southern subcultures (he's also written about coonhounds, cockfighting, and catfish noodling). He reveals how he got his start (writing love letters to his future wife), and how his approach to writing and reporting has developed over his career. Also, Jesse Eisenberg records a session with his therapist, Marv Albert.
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Burkhard Bilger on his writing career.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This week in the magazine, Burkhard Bilger writes about NASA's Curiosity rover mission. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Bilger and his editor Cressida Leyshon about his career, which includes writing about Burmese pythons in Florida, police dogs in New York City, and short-order cooks in Las Vegas. Bilger explains how having a German engineer for a father shaped his interest in science, and how growing up in Oklahoma led to his interest into Southern subcultures (he's also written about coonhounds, cockfighting, and catfish noodling). He reveals how he got his start (writing love letters to his future wife), and how his approach to writing and reporting has developed over his career. Also, Jesse Eisenberg records a session with his therapist, Marv Albert.
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Nick Paumgarten and Deborah Treisman on James Salter.

Monday, April 08, 2013

This week in the magazine, Nick Paumgarten Profiles the novelist James Salter, whose first novel in thirty years, "All That Is," was published this month. Here, Nick Paumgarten and the fiction editor Deborah Treisman talk with Michael Agger about why Salter isn't better known, his recurring themes (including sex, marriage, and the heroic code of military men), and his unique prose style, which combines, as Treisman puts it, "ornateness and bluntness." Also, the night-thoughts of Lucie Brock-Broido.
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