It’s hard not to feel a little flattened by Thanksgiving this year. So it seems a bit awkward to suggest that you should read one of the most levelling personal essays ever published in The New Yorker: “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” by Ariel Levy, from 2013. I won’t spoil any of the details, except to say that Levy finds a reserve of resilience that still astonishes. And that resilience is something that we all need a shot of right now.
● Written and performed by the poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib, the new season of KCRW’s music-documentary podcast “Lost Notes” is a collection of intricate, revelatory sonic essays, bursting with melody and insight, about lesser-known moments in pop-music history.
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