Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

Nathan Heller

The New Yorker

New York, NY, United States

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Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • The New Yorker
  • Vogue Magazine
  • Slate

Past articles by Nathan:

Chelsea Manning’s Wicked Beats

The WikiLeaks source preps for her first public d.j. set in fifteen years, at a club in Brooklyn, where she chats about electronic dance music (“how I survived prison”) and being more than just her Wikipedia page. → Read More

Rep. Jamie Raskin On Surviving A Double Blow of Tragedy and Finding the Strength to Lead

His highly personal memoir, Unthinkable, is out now. → Read More

What Joan Didion Saw

Nathan Heller writes about Joan Didion, who died this week at the age of eighty-seven, and whose writing and thinking captured momentous change in American life—and in her own. → Read More

Liberté, Égalité, Modernité: How Olivier Rousteing Made Balmain a Revolutionary Force in Fashion

Since taking over Balmain at the age of 25, Olivier Rousteing has completely transformed the house—and he has more still up his sleeve. Nathan Heller meets the designer set to shake up the world. → Read More

The Cost of California’s Recall Election

Disaster was averted, not cheaply for taxpayers. What comes next? → Read More

Norm Macdonald Was the Real Thing

His persona was droll, but he cared seriously, even ebulliently, about what comedy could be. → Read More

Checkpoint Charlie, but for Panda Express

A commuter spends a day navigating bureaucracy and presenting papers in San Francisco, the first major American city to require full vaccination for indoor activities. → Read More

California’s Recall Is a Blow to Democratic Change

The challenge to Governor Gavin Newsom strains election norms and institutions that are already dangerously frayed. → Read More

What Are Magazines Good For?

Nathan Heller reports on a new exhibition, at the Grolier Club, in New York, of about two hundred magazines, from the eighteenth, nineteeth, and twentieth centuries, all of acute historical importance, including several that tell the story of Black life in America. → Read More

The San Francisco School-Renaming Debate Is Not About History

Nathan Heller writes about the recent announcement by the San Francisco Board of Education that it will rename forty-four of the city’s public schools, owing to what it deems to be problematic namesakes. → Read More

You Praised Hitler in a Speech? How to Avoid Those “Oops” Moments

Shouts & Murmurs by Nathan Heller: Tips for the congresswoman Mary Miller and anyone who might drop an accidental “Sieg heil!” on the lecture circuit. → Read More

What We Get Wrong About Joan Didion

She’s been canonized for impeccable style, but, Nathan Heller writes, Didion’s real insights were about what holds society together, or tears it apart. → Read More

Joe Biden’s Contest with His Words

Nathan Heller writes about Joe Biden’s performance during the first Presidential debate and why stutterers who gain fluency never lose awareness of their speech. → Read More

Turn On, Tune In, Get Well

New York is getting its first psychedelic-medicine center, with the help of a startup called MindMed, which develops hallucinogens to treat mental illness and addiction, and is funding an institute at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center. → Read More

Is Fashion Ahead of Facial Recognition?

The face is the new fingerprint, a key to open doors and a trace of paths that we can’t expunge. Nathan Heller surveys our surveillance state. → Read More

Crown Jewel: How Olivia Colman Is Reinventing Superstardom

Heartfelt, genuine, and ferociously talented, Oscar winner Olivia Colman is an actress for the people, even when she’s playing a queen. → Read More

Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?

For a century, we’ve loved our cars. They haven’t loved us back. → Read More

The Hidden Cost of GoFundMe Health Care

When patients turn to crowdfunding for medical costs, whoever has the most heartrending story wins. → Read More

The Podcasts I’ll Be Relaxing to This Summer

I want voices that sound like the voices of every Ritalin-addled Yale history major who now works at the Park Slope Food Co-op, and I want them deep in my ears all the time. → Read More

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased

The film captures the experience of displacement, of travelling among spheres in which you have increasingly little say or stake and trying to blend in. → Read More