Judge John Hodgman on the Bill Hader ‘Hater’

Don writes: My brother once asked me if I had watched Bill Hader’s show, “Barry,” and I said I hadn’t yet. He immediately asked me why I hate Bill Hader. I don’t! I am a fan. But now, whenever Bill Hader comes

Poem: I Now Pronounce You Dead

The federal death penalty has returned. Once, while I was in prison, I saw a man talk to a man on death row. The first man had no idea his friend would be executed. He asked, “When are you coming home?” The

What If You Never Get Better From Covid-19?

Anecdotally, at least, some long-haulers are experiencing the type of viral reactivation Klimas describes. In late October, seven months after contracting the coronavirus, Lauren Nichols developed shingles — a reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. The episode, which featured burning, “out

Will the Pandemic Result in More Suicides?

Even before we entered this darkest of winters, when Covid-19 is relentlessly causing more and more sickness and death — not to mention additional stress, isolation and economic pain — there was evidence suggesting that significantly more people have thought about ending

‘Inaugural,’ an Original Poem

To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. We were told that it is dangerous to touch And yet we journeyed here, where what we believe Meets what must be done. You

How to Fix a Brake Light

“I don’t know much about cars, but I know a ton about changing brake lights,” says Benjamin Hoffman, 30, a stand-up comic, food-service worker and co-chair of the New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. In 2017, the chapter organized

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