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The Shock of the New

The Dark Side of Social-Media Influencers

Plus: Is New York still the city that never sleeps?

Abbott and Costello Go to Bat Against Monkeypox

And the result is a comedy of errors

The Last Laugh

Fawlty Towers could never be made today. But 47 years after it premiered, the show still perfectly captures a certain type of small-minded, social-climbing, xenophobic Englishman who is now all but extinct

Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

Star Quality

Night at the Opera

The little-known story of two British spinsters who saved dozens of Jewish musicians during World War II—and the Viennese star composer who helped them do it

Their Back Pages

The Byrds invented folk rock and went on to become founding fathers of psychedelic rock, jazz rock, and country rock. A new book revisits the band’s mid-60s prime

Fernando Casablancas

The model and artist makes his TV debut in a reality show about downtown Manhattan’s creative class

Lauren Tamaki’s Sketchbook

Survivor, D.C. Edition

The new genre of books taking over Washington? Memoirs by Trump-administration survivors who tried to do their work in the midst of insanity

Incantation

Decaying film stock, the Song of Songs, and the seraphic soprano of Angel Blue

The Goldman Years

In her memoir, a former Goldman Sachs financial analyst reckons with her two decades of short-selling stocks and enduring finance bros’ sexism

Staff Picks

Don’t miss a buoyant account of the sunken Titanic, the origin story of Manhattan’s favorite T. rex, and a search for the real “Torso Killer”

Race to the Bottom

Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

A Conversation with Ken Burns

His documentary The U.S. and the Holocaust reveals old attitudes about immigration that are with us still

Hey, Genius

Cécile McLorin Salvant sings art songs for the new 20s

Art Nouveau

Reality Bites

Rumored to be the most expensive TV show of all time, Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings prequel confirms that fantasy, a once mocked and belittled genre, is now a mainstream money-spinner

Paul Cox’s Sketchbook

Never Again

With his latest epic historical documentary, Ken Burns enters a very contemporary debate

“Anyone Seen the Beefeater Gin Guy?”

Queen Elizabeth headed one of the world’s biggest brands. It’s only right that advertising heads of state come to mourn her

Rebels with a Cause

In Gutsy, a new TV docuseries, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton traverse the globe in search of inspirational and high-achieving women, but if their tedious banter is any indication, they barely know one another