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Today, we announced the fifth of five longlists for the 2019 National Book Awards. Tap the link in our bio to see the 10 semi-finalists for the category of Fiction, as well as the contenders for Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and People's Literature.


One girl stood above the crowd in downtown Manhattan as part of the international, youth-led ClimateStrike. She held a sign that read "Stop burning our future." Photograph by jonnotherattman.


Maxine Wanderer attended the global ClimateStrike with her fellow seventh-grade classmates. “Our President doesn’t understand what’s right in front of him," Wanderer, who is twelve, said. "We can’t vote, so we want to say, ‘This is our planet. We cannot let it get destroyed by other people.’ ” Photograph by jonnotherattman


Tahmina Ahmed and Andrea Tapia are juniors at the Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, in Queens. They cited Greta Thunberg as the reason they felt galvanized to march in today’s global ClimateStrike. “We’re socially conscious, but we don’t have the experience of activism. We really thought, It’s too much to not do anything at all,” Ahmed said. Photograph by jonnotherattman.


What would happen if, tomorrow, America’s largest banks announced that they would stop lending to the fossil-fuel industry? At the link in our bio, the environmental journalist and activist Bill McKibben proposes "one of the final great campaigns of the climate movement:" "It’s all but impossible for most of us to stop using fossil fuels immediately," he writes. "But it's both simple and powerful to switch your bank account."


Welcome to fall, a.k.a. apple-cider-doughnut season.


The Latino electorate is younger, more numerous, and more diverse than ever before, with largely progressive views on health-care and social-justice issues—but in Florida, the crisis in Venezuela has taken center stage. Tap the link in our bio to read Jonathan Blitzer on how the Republican Party has courted Latino voters in South Florida, and what this means for the 2020 election. Illustration by tylercomrie.


Cancel culture strikes again.


How did the tracksuit, an aesthetic symbol of rap culture and street culture, come to be co-opted and monetized by high fashion? At the link in our bio, read about the cultural power and significance of the tracksuit—and how it came to mean so many things to so many people. Source Photographs from Getty.


James Gandolfini would have been 58 years old today. In honor of his birthday, revisit our 1999 review of the first season of "The Sopranos," which, 11 episodes in, had already become a phenomenon. "The word of mouth since it began has caused people to suddenly and urgently sign up for HBO after years of living contentedly without it," Nancy Franklin wrote. Link in bio. Photograph from Entertainment Pictures / Alamy. NewYorkerArchive


Devotees of the BulletJournal, a cultish notebook-organization system tagged in more than eight million posts on Instagram, will tell you that there are two kinds of notebook people: those who keep multiple notebooks and those who keep just one. Ryder Carroll, the inventor of the Bullet Journal, used to be a multiple-notebook person. Tap the link in our bio to read more about how Carroll slimmed down his books and built the Marie Kondo for the notebook. Photographs by pages2plans, plansthatblossom, menwhobullet, and whiskeymug.


The morning news vs. the evening news. TNYcartoons


Even though nobody wears bike helmets in the Netherlands, the fatality rate there is six times smaller than that of the United States. What have they figured out that we haven't? "It seemed to depend on subsuming the needs of the individual to the needs of the community," writes Dan Kois, who moved from Virginia to the Netherlands in 2017. Tap the link in our bio to read about how Kois got over his fear of the busy city streets and learned to pedal like a Dutchman.


If and when it is completed, the Crazy Horse Memorial, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, will be the largest sculpture in the history of the world—an over-all height nearly four times that of the Statue of Liberty; the arm long enough to accommodate a line of semi trucks. Some of South Dakota’s Native citizens are grateful that the memorial offers a counterpoint to the four white faces on Mt. Rushmore, just down the road. To others, it is a disgrace. Tap the link in our bio to read about the long, strange history of the memorial, now in its 71st year of construction. Photograph by Charles Bennett / AP.


The candidate's new clothes. TNYcartoons


Can you solve these crossword clues? Swipe to see the answers, then tap the link in our bio to read about how puzzles put your brain into hyperdrive.


Since Constance Wu’s breakthrough role, in “Fresh Off the Boat,” she has become one of the most famous Asian-Americans in Hollywood. Does she feel the burden of representation? Catch up with Wu in Hawaii, on the set of her forthcoming film, where she discusses stereotypes, pop culture, and how she speaks Chinese—“like a toddler with an American accent.” Tap the link in our bio to read the full Profile. Photograph by djenebaaduayom for The New Yorker.


This week's cover, "Our Sunday-Morning Outings," by J.J. Sempé. TNYcovers


Without being at all showy about it, the costume designer Michelle Matland has made “Succession” the most fascinating fashion show currently on TV. The clothing is expensive but inconspicuous: logo-less wool baseball caps with perfectly curved bills, peacoats and Barbour jackets, cashmere sweaters, and too many men’s neck scarves to count. But within the sea of neutral tones are subtle codes of class and power. Tap the link in our bio to read rachsyme on the hierarchical nuances of “Succession” ’s styling.


In Kentucky, miners and activists have blockaded an outbound train loaded with a million dollars’ worth of coal to demand that the miners be paid. After declaring bankruptcy, the coal company Blackjewel shut down its mines, leaving 1,800 employees without jobs; each miner is owed, on average, between three and four thousand dollars. “Everyone knew it was coming,” a lawyer representing the workers said. “No one knew they’d stoop to the level of stiffing miners out of wages that they had already earned.” Tap the link in our bio to read about the latest chapter in nearly a century of labor wars in Harlan County. Illustrations by Edward Steed.


On the set of James Gray’s film “Ad Astra,” which stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut travelling to the outer reaches of the solar system. The outer-space film is an epic journey with a flawed hero that straddles the boundary between private vision and Hollywood scale. Tap the link in our bio to for more scenes from onset. Photograph by Devin Yalkin for The New Yorker.


For the past 15 years, gregoryhalpern has been photographing Omaha, Nebraska, and loosely collaging the resulting pictures into a hand-made construction-paper sketchbook. “The work plays on a sense of simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the place, and is a meditation on America, on the men and boys who inhabit it, and on the mechanics of aggression, inadequacy, and power,” he wrote. This week, Halpern is sharing photographs from his upcoming book, “Omaha Sketchbook,” over at newyorkerphoto. Follow to see more.


The writer and philosopher Umberto Eco's enduringly popular manual “How to Write a Thesis” is more than a guide for undergraduates; the book is a celebration of the magical process of self-realization. Tap the link in our bio to read more.


At tonight's DemDebate, Elizabeth Warren spoke about the importance of combatting climate change, and of fighting corruption to do so. "As long as Washington is paying more attention to money than it is to our future, we can't make the changes we need to make," she said.


Beto O'Rourke on gun reform. DemDebate


Bernie Sanders on healthcare reform at tonight's DemDebate. Follow along on Twitter NewYorker for more live updates.


This week, TexasMonthly hired America's first-ever taco editor: José R. Ralat, who has been something of a professional taco-eater for more than a decade. At the link in our bio, read helenr's conversation with the newly minted editor, in which he discusses his controversial opinions on burritos: "I don’t understand why you would want to eat something that big in one sitting," he said.