Books & Culture

Chef Julie Sahni prepares a meal in her kitchen
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An Undersung Trailblazer of Indian Cooking

How the chef and food writer Julie Sahni advanced America’s understanding of Indian food.

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Jamil Jan Kochai on Americans’ Fear of Islam

A black-and-white photograph of the author Jamil Jan Kochai in front of a bookshelf.

The author discusses “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak,” his story from the latest issue of the magazine.

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Kim DeMarco’s “Season’s Turn”

The artist discusses capturing light and color with cutouts.

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Sunday Reading: The World of Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert

From the magazine’s archive: two essential works by two essential writers on the climate crisis.

October 31, 2021

Stanley Tucci Is Savoring It All

The actor Stanley Tucci sits at a table.

The actor and food-show host discusses writing a memoir, surviving oral cancer, and his most memorable terrible meal.

October 31, 2021

“The Souvenir: Part II,” Reviewed: Two Movies for the Price of One

A person is filmed sitting in a director’s chair in front of a scenic backdrop, speaking to a person off camera.

Joanna Hogg’s autobiographical sequel, about the start of her career, offers a film-within-a-film that’s more inspired than the drama around it.

October 29, 2021
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The Insurrection of Surrealism

Koga Harue’s “The Sea,” from 1929

A deliriously entertaining survey at the Metropolitan Museum shows how the craze for Surrealism surged like a prairie fire around the world.

Jonas Kaufmann’s Gilded Voice

Jonas Kaufmann portrait

A recital at Carnegie Hall confirms the tenor’s talent but leaves questions about the depth of his artistry.

An American Dream and an American Nightmare

Lehman brothers city comic

“The Lehman Trilogy” and “Dana H.” explore stories of success and survival.

The Elegant Containment of “The French Dispatch”

people standing in newsroom

Wes Anderson’s portmanteau of four stories confirms him as a director who trusts the expressive powers of the sketch more than the heft of a finished portrait.

Goings On About Town

Halloween Scares at Anthology Film Archives

The “Folk Horror” series includes Kier-La Janisse’s new documentary, “Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched,” alongside dramatic classics such as “The Wicker Man,” from 1973.

Daniel Boulud’s French Showpiece with a Manhattan View, Le Pavillon

A woman eats an oyster at a table among green and yellow bushes and trees.

At his latest restaurant, in the midtown skyscraper One Vanderbilt, the chef continues to elevate the essence of ingredients, in such dishes as oysters Vanderbilt and Noisette Chocolat.

The Conceptual and Empathetic Art of Gillian Wearing

Statue of Diane Arbus holding a camera

The British artist’s bronze homage to Diane Arbus is unveiled in Central Park, and the Guggenheim opens the retrospective “Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks.”

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A black-and-white photo by Jill Freedman showing two cops on a New York City street.
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Four Years Embedded with the N.Y.P.D.

In the late seventies, Jill Freedman set out to create a clear-eyed portrait of New York City police. What she made was something more complicated.

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The Nobel Prize Winner Maria Ressa on the Turmoil at Facebook

Portrait of Maria Ressa with facebook logo behind her.

Ressa, a Filipino American journalist, discusses the revelations that Facebook knows just how dangerous it is. Plus, the Nigerian literary giant Wole Soyinka on political activism and art.

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Coming Out as a Trans Woman at Fifty-Eight

“The Paint Wizzard,” by Jessie Auritt and Jessica Wolfson, follows a larger-than-life trans woman as she paints houses in Austin, Texas, and shares the struggles and joys of embracing her true self.