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The Ballad of Jared Kushner

New York Review of Books

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Our October 20 issue is online now, with Fintan O’Toole and Darryl Pinckney on the queen and the Windsors, Jenny Uglow on Berlin, Joshua Cohen on Jared Kushner’s ego-neediness, Kwame Anthony Appiah on the German Romantics, Sue Halpern on the metaverse and the future of the Internet, Mark Ford on T.S. Eliot, Frances Wilson on Agatha Christie, Geoffrey O’Brien on Buster Keaton, Mary Wellesley on medieval hair, Tim Parks on Pope Pius XII’s silence during World War II, poems by Emily Berry and Tomas Unger, and much more.

Joshua Cohen
Lucky Guy

Jared Kushner’s anti-ideological ideology is to get the best deal for whomever he represents—the business he was born into, the business he married into, and, most of all, himself.

Sue Halpern
The Specter of Our Virtual Future

The metaverse opens up a new and seemingly infinite opportunity to extract data and sell ads.

Ian Johnson
China: Back to Authoritarianism

Xi Jinping, who is about to be granted an unprecedented third term as China’s leader, has turned out to be an ambitious strongman who has remade the political system and expanded his own power.

Anahid Nersessian
LA Elegies

Two poets take up meter and rhyme to consider the city of Blade Runner and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Symphilosophizing in Jena

The intellectual achievements of the early German Romantics were inseparable from their friendships and feuds.

From the Archives

“The metaverse opens up a new and seemingly infinite opportunity to extract data and sell ads,” writes Sue Halpern in our most recent issue. “Following users across the metaverse through their avatars will give Meta unfettered access to what users like, whom they comport with, who they would like to be, and who they are.” Twelve and a half years ago, when Mark Zuckerberg’s company was still called Facebook, and when his goal was just to grow his user base—not transform them—Charles Petersen wrote the Review’s first examination of “the most popular social networking Web site in the world.”

Charles Petersen
In the World of Facebook

“But Facebook doesn’t want to simply branch out onto a few more Web pages; the site hopes, in a somewhat sinister but potentially very useful (and profitable) way, to begin following us around the entire Web.”

Susanna Moore
‘Write It Again’

Very rarely, over the sixty years I knew Joan Didion, would she say something helpful if I asked her advice.

 

 

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