The New Yorker

QUITE THE AFFAIR

Recently, the screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") received a Facebook message from the account of a friend. He quickly realized that the friend's account had been hacked by a scammer, but he decided, out of curiosity, to keep the exchange with the scammer going.
OBJECT IMPERMANENCE

Most of the things that we hold in our hands and stare at, day after day, are examples of "good design" — great design, even, in terms of their inextricability from life. But more and more their social benefit seems questionable.
'YOU CAN CALL US ANY KIND OF NAME'

To Omar, the controversies surrounding her are an episode not in the Jewish experience but in the Muslim one. "People will talk about the veterans and the people who are in the armed services, but we never talk about the children," she said. "We're talking about the number of bombs going off, and there's, like, two thousand people who have died."
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