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Kadir Nelson‘s “The Queen of Soul” |

Aretha Franklin, a pillar of postwar American music, passed away Thursday morning, at seventy-six. A few hours later, the artist Kadir Nelson sent a sketch to The New Yorker. “I wanted to draw her...

“Memoir of War,” Reviewed: A Generic, Thoughtless Adaptation of Marguerite Duras |

Few great works of literature get any advertising at all, but Marguerite Duras’s “La Douleur” (literally, “Pain”), from 1985, which was drawn largely from her own Second World War experiences, has received what is,...

Aretha Franklin’s Astonishing “Dr. Feelgood” |

In March of 1971, Aretha Franklin was twenty-eight years old and the undisputed Queen of Soul. She’d had so many gold records over the previous four years that a new category of Grammy had...

Aretha Franklin Is As Immortal As Can Be |

Listening to Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday, was like listening to the embodiment of a divine signal. She received it and she broadcast it.Photograph by Michael Ochs / GettyThe eternal challenge is to answer...

Aretha Franklin: A Legacy in Music |

Aretha Franklin’s voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life. The Queen of Soul, who died Thursday morning,...

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the Tragic Narrator of Our Times |

“Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” the new dish from Omarosa Manigault Newman, is, in spirit and substance, a formality. Functionally, the book is meant to whisk its maker to her...

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