It has been twenty years since the first #harrypotter book was published. “the potter story is a fairy tale, plus a bildungsroman, plus a m****r mystery, plus a cosmic war of good and evil, and there’s almost no classic in any of those genres that doesn’t reverberate between the lines of harry’s saga. the arthurian legend, the superman comics, 'star wars,' 'cinderella,' 'the lord of the rings,' the 'chronicles of narnia,' 'the adventures of sherlock holmes,' genesis, exodus, the divine comedy, 'paradise lost'—they’re all there,” joan acocella wrote, in 2000. maybe that’s why the story never gets old. photograph by alex wong/newsmakers/getty.
“it's a diverse celebration for the fourth of july,” @kadirnelson says, about "bright star," his cover for this week’s issue. “family and friends get together with kids just being kids, and parents being parents." #tnycovers
The chef claire welle calls her new restaurant a “modest bistro.” but when dining at otway, after the foie-gras torchon, and before the smoked tongue showered with carrot greens and peppercorns, you might mistake it for an extremely ambitious enterprise. rich refinement shows up everywhere. click the link in our bio to read the full review. photograph by @maggiehshannon for tny.
“i am now fascinated by the theatrical aspect of fashion,” the photographer pari dukovic says. “when i shoot, i always look for moments that capture the ethereal quality of the shows.” his rag & bone pictures, from 2014, locate this theatricality and ethereality in backstage preparations as well as on the runway. see more at the link in our bio. photograph by @paridukovic.
“there were all these things around me in society that were telling me do not tell anybody,” the pro skateboarder brian anderson (@nolimitsoldier) says. when he publicly revealed that he’s gay, in 2016, anderson became the most established athlete in his sport to do so. he talks about growing up in connecticut, discovering skateboarding, and coming out to his brother, on our web site. click the link in our bio to watch the full video. produced by @nathanfitch.
Many of the definitive images of the past half century were taken by magnum photographers, even if we never knew their names. a show at the international center of photography, in lower manhattan, brings a selection of these photos together—including jonas bendiksen’s shot of villagers collecting scrap material from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. click the link in our bio to see more of the images on display. photograph by @jonasbendiksen.
To witness what’s so good about russian ballerinas, one only has to watch @dianavishnevaofficial. the principal dancer leaves @abtofficial tomorrow, after thirteen years, with a performance of john cranko's “onegin.” see her rehearse the ballet at the link in our bio. video produced by @ekrhyne.
Was #merylstreep, who turns sixty-eight today, ever just an aimless twentysomething, trying to make her way in the world? it’s a question that set michael shulman on a two-and-a-half-year immersion into the life of the swanning diva and “greatest living actress.” his answer: yes and no. click the link in our bio to find out why he says so. photograph by ted thai/the life picture collection/getty.
Temperatures were so cold during jimmy chin’s climb up mount everest that his shutter was frozen shut for most of the trip. luckily for us, he caught this stunning sunrise above the balcony, with makalu in the background. he shares more images from the climb, along with his thoughts on the other “climbers, dreamers, mad men, and trophy hunters” who attempt it, on our web site. link in bio. photograph by @jimmy_chin.
Amid interpersonal discord, creative frustration, and the discontent of turning thirty, the folk musician josh tillman discovered his alter ego (or, in his words, truer self): father john misty. he found a way to make art out of making fun of himself and others like him who were engaged in the vain act of making art. and people loved him for it, or in spite of it, but many declared him insufferable. he tries to explain himself in this week’s issue. link in bio. photograph by @paridukovic for tny.