Robin Wright first landed in the Middle East on October 6, 1973, the day the fourth Middle East war erupted. She has covered every country and most major crises in the region since then, through to the rise of al Qaeda and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. For all the drama of the past, however, the region's most decisive traumas are unfolding today as the Middle East struggles to deal with trends that have already reshaped the rest of the world.
"Ignorant, under-exposed narrator"
In this issue: "The Deal", by Steve Coll; "The Right Poem", by Daniel Mendelsohn; "Shelling Up", by Tad Friend; "Tehran's Promise", by Robin Wright; "American Limbo", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Sweet Home Alabama", by Adam Gopnik; "Mitt Romney's Slumber-Party Diary", by Paul Rudnick; and "Small Victories", by Anthony Lane.
"Crimes and Commissions", by Jelani Cobb; "The Vortex", by Robin Wright; "The Ride of Their Lives", by Burkhard Bilger; "Fly Away", by James Wood; and "The Outsiders", by David Denby.
Anthony Bourdain tells David Remnick about the adventurous life he has led since his essay in The New Yorker launched him as a new kind of hard-boiled celebrity chef. The reporter Robin Wright talks to two veteran officials of intelligence and diplomacy about where Donald Trump’s foreign policy by tweet may lead us. And the fiction writer Yiyun Li takes in the view at Oakland’s premier cemetery.