New Yorker Longreads for the Holiday Weekend

I’m on vacation this week back East with my family. One of my personal anachronisms is a love of print magazines. Since so much of my life is spent in front of a screen, I can’t imagine reading longer articles or books in the same format I do email. There’s something comforting and familiar about the paper format for me (my first job was working in a bookstore!) and I maintain many magazine subscriptions.

The New Yorker is a consistently excellent read but it’s weekly format means I tend to get a few months behind on issues. During summer and winter vacations I catch back up and by Labor Day should be near current. If you’re looking for some great writing this weekend, here are a few of the excellent New Yorker longreads:

Citizen Khan – A story of immigration, our melting pot and never forgetting what American values truly are, told through the personal history of a Muslim man selling Tamales in 20th century Wyoming.

Godmother of Soul – Profile of performer Erykah Badu as she grows comfortable with her formable place in recent-era soul and what it means as a performer to look backwards and forwards.

In Living Color – Kenya Barris brings “black-ish” to life as a modern era family sitcom, able to confront race and class directly.

The Tasting-Menu Initiative – “Can a restaurant for the rich benefit the poor” is this piece’s subtitle. That should be enough to get you to click…

Soul Survivor – The New Yorker’s Editor David Remnick catches us up with Aretha Franklin.

Mezcal Sunrise – How mezcal, and no, that’s not the same thing as tequila, is having its moment in America and what that means for this traditional Mexican spirit.

Unfollow – Can someone so full of hate find peace?

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