FROM Ariel Levy
New Yorker writer on losing everything Magazine writer Ariel Levy had it all: cush job, marriage, a baby on the way, vacation place on Long Island. It all fell apart in one month. She lost the baby, her spouse went into rehab for alcoholism, and she had no money. It’s all in her new memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply.” Ariel Levy is author of the memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply.” (Photo by David Klagsbrun)
What it's like to vomit, hallucinate and meditate on Ayahuasca Ayahuasca is a soupy brown liquid brewed from a leafy vine that grows in remote parts of the Amazon. It’s also currently the drug of choice in places like Brooklyn, Silicon Valley and LA. At any given time, there are probably hundreds of people sitting in ceremonial circles drinking tea, preparing themselves for intense mindfulness. They will vomit, then hallucinate, and see deep into their souls, maybe. Ariel Levy journeyed into the world of Ayahuasca for the New Yorker.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.