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- By By Emily Rata­jkowski, p.20 By Jeremy Kut­ner, p.36 Send cor­re­spon­dence to com­ments@ny­mag.com. L Or go to ny­mag.com to re­spond to in­di­vid­ual sto­ries. U.S. News · US Politics · Politics · Donald Trump · Washington · Nancy · Instagram · Hollywood · Amy Schumer · Charles Schumer · Twitter · New York City · The Beats · MTV · Nicki Minaj · Max Boot · Emily Ratajkowski · Thomas Hobbes · Jay-Z · Bobby Shmurda

1 Jonathan Chait’s cover story in the last is­sue ar­gued that Don­ald Trump must be pros­e­cuted if the coun­try is to move for­ward (“Lock Him Up?” Septem­ber 14–27). In Washington Monthly mag­a­zine, Nancy Le­Tourneau sug­gested that pros­e­cut­ing Trump “will be nec­es­sary, but not suf­fi­cient to com­plete the task. Many of the ways that Trump has cor­rupted our democ­racy don’t con­sti­tute crimes that can be pros­e­cuted in court. Some of those could be ad­dressed for the fu­ture by pass­ing new laws, such as re­quir­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to re­lease their tax re­turns and a more com­plete re­quire­ment for di­vest­ment from busi­ness in­ter­ests.” Washington Post colum­nist Max Boot agreed with Chait and pointed to his pre­vi­ous writ­ing on the pres­i­dent’s malfea­sance: “I am now con­vinced that Trump’s wrong­do­ing is so per­va­sive and brazen that he must be pros­e­cuted to up­hold the rule of law and de­ter even greater law­break­ing by fu­ture pres­i­dents.” The Na­tion con­trib­u­tor Joshua Hol­land added, “Good to see this com­ing from in­stinc­tively cau­tious cen­trists.” On­line, the story pro­voked both ire and ap­plause. @jo_eliza1 wrote, “If we don’t pros­e­cute Trump and ad­dress all the sys­temic weak­nesses that al­lowed him to get elected and amass power, some­one worse will come along and ex­ploit those weak­nesses even more ef­fec­tively. Trump has given our next dic­ta­tor a roadmap.” Steve Ber­man wrote, “Im­peach­ment is the fo­rum for a sit­ting pres­i­dent’s mis­deeds. If Trump loses this elec­tion, his time in of­fice is his­tory, not a trove to be mined for crimes.” And j.sul­li­vanmd added, “I don’t think it’s help­ful to talk about this be­fore the elec­tion, be­cause the ideas might fire up

Trump vot­ers.” Claire L. Frankel wrote, “I would be happy to con­trib­ute a large slice of my take-home pay to see Don­ald Trump pros­e­cuted for his crimes.”

2 In her de­but es­say for the mag­a­zine, model Emily Rata­jkowski con­sid­ered the men who own her image and re­counted an al­leged as­sault by pho­tog­ra­pher Jonathan Leder (“Buy­ing My­self Back,” Septem­ber 14–27). In ad­di­tion to be­ing read by more than a mil­lion peo­ple, her story was cov­ered widely by na­tional and in­ter­na­tional press out­lets. On In­sta­gram, it was shared by many in the Hol­ly­wood and fash­ion com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Amy Schumer, @Di­etPrada, and the model Mered­ith Mick­el­son, who wrote, “This is such a com­mend­able im­por­tant ar­ti­cle & one that speaks so close to me.” Play­wright Jeremy O. Har­ris tweeted, “Ku­dos to @em­rata for this in­cred­i­bly vul­ner­a­ble ex­ca­va­tion of the trau­matic dis­as­so­ci­a­tions of be­ing a ‘cap­tured fig­ure.’ ” Buz­zFeed ed­i­tor Sha­ranya Hari­das said, “So many women can re­late to hav­ing our re­flec­tions dis­torted by the male gaze and our sto­ries stolen. An in­cred­i­bly brave es­say, nar­rated un­flinch­ingly.” But in her news­let­ter, Ha­ley Nah­man cri­tiqued how the es­say failed to grap­ple with the changes needed in the mod­el­ing in­dus­try: “Did any­one prais­ing the piece on Twit­ter as po­lit­i­cally pow­er­ful walk away from read­ing it with a sense of what needed to change, or how it pos­si­bly could within the con­straints of the value sys­tem Rata­jkowski so baldly pro­lif­er­ates?” Af­ter the story was pub­lished, Rata­jkowski ap­peared on the Cut’s new podcast and ex­plained her motivation for writ­ing the es­say, say­ing she hopes “other women will rec­og­nize them­selves in this piece and be like, Holy shit, these are power dy­nam­ics that we don’t of­ten ac­knowl­edge, and they are so real and they can be so painful. And that’s why I’m putting this out into the world.”

3 “The Cul­ture Pages” ranked 100 songs that de­fine New York hip-hop (“The City and the Beats,” Septem­ber 14–27). Car­los J. Har­ris raved, “This list is every­thing. Brought back so many child­hood mem­o­ries of me ob­sess­ing over Yo! MTV Raps.” The story also kicked off plenty of de­bate. @CalmYe_ said, “I don’t have a big prob­lem with Hot N---- be­ing top 10. Good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a modern New York mon­ster iconic record. Kinda sur­prised how high Lean Back is al­though it was a ma­jor banger.” Jour­nal­ist Thomas Hobbs said, “this is a great fuck­ing list, but the fact camp lo’s lu­chini isn’t on it hurt my spirit tbh.” Jay-Z’s ap­pear­ance at No. 41 was ar­guably the most con­tro­ver­sial. @tahze com­mented, “Bobby Sh­murda placed above BOTH Jay-Z & Nicki Mi­naj???” @BrotherEzr­a said, “I was sure I was gonna hate this thing & even more sure Jay-Z would’ve been overly rated. I’m glad to be wrong on both.” Many read­ers were just ex­cited by the mem­o­ries it evoked. Stylist and de­signer Shan­non Stokes tweeted, “Wow. This list is . No city or area can com­pete. Sorry.” @dust­weetr wrote, “Just scrolling through and hear­ing these beats & lyrics un­furl in my mind gives me chills. Iconic Tracks! This is the rap­style that schooled me, sus­tains me, and lets me time travel.”

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