Red Dead Redemption 2 Is True Art

The season’s best blockbuster isn’t a TV show or movie. It’s a video game. Red Dead Redemption 2 offers digital vistas reminiscent of classic American Westerns.CreditCreditRockstar Games After its October release, Red Dead Redemption 2 earned $725 million in just three days, giving it the highest-grossing opening weekend of any entertainment product — ever. If […]

The Two-Emperor Problem

What Trump v. John Roberts reveals about the Republic. President Trump spoke with the Supreme Court chief justice, John Roberts, after the State of the Union address in January.CreditCreditJonathan Ernst/Reuters Generally, Donald Trump’s Twitter beefs are an expense of spirit and a waste of breath. But a minority of them are genuinely edifying, and illustrations […]

Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?

The platform has been used to disrupt elections, disseminate propaganda and promote hate. Regular users should ask if they are implicated in these failings. CreditCreditWenting Li I joined Facebook in 2008, and for the most part, I have benefited from being on it. Lately, however, I have wondered whether I should delete my Facebook account. […]

My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy

And it shouldn’t have to. Andrea Long Chu at her home in Brooklyn.CreditCreditKholood Eid for The New York Times Next Thursday, I will get a vagina. The procedure will last around six hours, and I will be in recovery for at least three months. Until the day I die, my body will regard the vagina […]

The Woman Who Still Finds Louis C.K. Lovable

The French comedian Blanche Gardin is taking on all of feminism’s orthodoxies. Blanche Gardin at the César Awards show in Paris in March, wearing a Louis C.K. pin.CreditCreditBenoit Tessier/Reuters PARIS — In May 2017, the comedian Blanche Gardin appeared onstage at the Molières, the awards show for French theater, and said that when it comes […]

Packing Tips for an Evacuation

Benefit from my hard-earned experience. A long line of residents seeking to return to Malibu, Calif., wait at a checkpoint on the Pacific Coast Highway after Woolsey Fire evacuation orders were lifted for the eastern portion of the city earlier this month.CreditCreditReed Saxon/Associated Press Three weeks ago, everyone in my house crammed our worldly belongings […]

The New Radicalization of the Internet

Jihadists and right-wing extremists use remarkably similar social media strategies. CreditCreditWoody Harrington Social media has played a key role in the recent rise of violent right-wing extremism in the United States, including three recent incidents — one in which a man was accused of sending mail bombs to critics of the president, another in which […]

So, You’ve Wandered Into a Too-Expensive Store

The important thing is not to panic. CreditCreditAisha Franz Well, it happened. There you were, strolling through the aspirationally wealthy and problematically gentrified neighborhood in which you sometimes brunch, a few minutes early to meet the adult women you call “the girls.” Having already purchased a coffee and made an Instagram story of some flowers, […]

Sheryl Sandberg Can't Have It All

The burdens and perils of the pedestal. Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in September.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times Well. Our picture of Sheryl Sandberg has just gotten a bit more complicated, has it not? Until not that long ago, she was Sandberg the feminist […]