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New York’s Art World Faces the Coronavirus Shutdown

Art offers a refuge in times of crisis. But what happens when the refuge goes dark?

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The National Emergency Library Is a Gift to Readers Everywhere

The Internet Archive is providing free access to a trove of 1.4 million digitized books to help ease the strain of the coronavirus crisis.

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I Clicked and Seven Hours Passed: Netflix’s “Tiger King”

The show follows the rise and fall of an eccentric Oklahoma zoo entrepreneur known as Joe Exotic, whose story stretches even the most vivid imagination.

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What to Stream: Blake Edwards’s Masterwork Documentary of His Wife, Julie Andrews

365体育现金“Julie,” from 1972, is both intimate and glamorous, personal and radiantly cinematic.

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Trump’s “Chinese Virus” and What’s at Stake in the Coronavirus’s Name

The history of disease shows how ill-chosen names can instigate undue prejudice, the way that Donald Trump’s fixation on the coronavirus’s Chinese origins has encouraged a rash of anti-Asian bigotry.

March 25, 2020

The Group Making Beautiful Quarantine Songs on a Barcelona Rooftop

A trio of Catalan musicians in their twenties have become social-media sensations for their songs about acting responsibly during the coronavirus quarantine.

March 25, 2020
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What We’re Watching Under Quarantine

In our self-isolation, video has replaced social life, and television is grappling with a new reality.

Harry Houdini and the Art of Escape

Why do the magician’s tricks and triumphs still fascinate us?

How Joseph Smith and the Early Mormons Challenged American Democracy

365体育现金In Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith established a theocracy, ran for President, and tested the limits of religious freedom.

Jean Toomer’s Odd, Keening “A Drama of the Southwest”

The strange but promising unproduced play, from 1935, chronicles the writer’s time at the Taos art colony, in New Mexico.

Goings On About Town

A Celebration of Catherine Deneuve on the Criterion Channel

365体育现金Though the opening of the actress’s latest film, “The Truth,” has been postponed, many of her movies are available to stream at home.

The Oldest Restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown Faces the Coronavirus Shutdown

365体育现金Nom Wah Tea Parlor was thriving in its hundredth year—until the pandemic reached New York.

What to Watch, Listen to, and Read While Coronavirus Self-Quarantining

Suggestions from New Yorker writers and artists to ease the stress of isolation, for the week of March 16th.

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What We’re Buying for the Quarantine

A look into the grocery carts of New Yorkers on the edge of a pandemic.

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Podcasts

The Shock Wave of COVID-19

David Remnick talks with doctors, journalists, essential workers, and a bioethicist to understand the scope of the pandemic’s damage.

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