The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 35, 2011

Blowout
"Don't take this the wrong way," Mitchell Rossi, a stylist at Drybar, a new hair salon near Union Square, said to Laurie Cole one recent evening, as he swivelled her toward the mirror to show her his handiwork, "but you look like an un-Botoxed, natural...
Blue Period
We are often told that, in art, sex must keep a few veils on in order to be sexy. That's certainly not true in painting--there are many nudes that make the heart beat faster--but in literature the rule generally does apply. One of the most erotic episodes...
Cain's Ghosts
Like many couples, Jerry and Deborah Strober have a few small but persistent disagreements. Deborah is a registered Republican, and Jerry is a registered Democrat. And Deborah has what she calls a "nasty little habit": she likes to have cable news nattering...
Double-Talk
First-generation American writers often have two stories to tell. There's the story of their inspiration and the quest for a discipline to give form to their imaginings. Then there's a more constricted tale: the arrival myth. How did my parents get here...
Her Way
One day in July, Helene Grimaud was practicing the piano in a hotel room in Munich. The Palace, where she was staying, is near the Prinzregententheater, and is unusually accommodating of classical musicians; Room 606 comes equipped with a Steinway. Grimaud...
History Lesson
On the Lower East Side on a recent Sunday afternoon, at the corner of East Houston Street and Second Avenue, trash and plastic bags were cartwheeling in the wind and a policeman in a bright-green vest was directing traffic around construction and a Cat...
Home Movies
At the risk of invoking Freud, you have to wonder why movie stars are attracted to big, long films about towers. "The Towering Inferno" had Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, and William Holden; it also had Fred Astaire and O. J. Simpson, a pairing...
King of Kings
How does it end? The dictator dies, shrivelled and demented, in his bed; he flees the rebels in a private plane; he is caught hiding in a mountain outpost, a drainage pipe, a spider hole. He is tried. He is not tried. He is dragged, bloody and dazed,...
Monument Lane
Lined with ho-hum cafes, shops, and remnants of St. Vincent's hospital, Greenwich Avenue always seems more dishevelled than the ultra-gentrified precincts to its west. But before the Revolutionary War, when most of the area was still fields, part of...
Occupational Hazards
If politics is show business for ugly people (which, by the way, it's not, not this time, not the ugly-people part anyway, not with a cast of characters as glossy as Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin's ghost, and Barack Obama), is...
Old and New
Fourteen lamps hanging, aglow, beckon you to an entrance to the Metropolitan Museum's Islamic wing, which is open again after eight years of expansion and renovation. The lamps were made recently, in Brooklyn, of clear glass, tactfully absent the garnishes...
Shelf Life
Yet, he said, it is often our mightiest projects that most obviously betray the degree of our insecurity.--W. G. Sebald, "Austerlitz."Route 12D, north of Utica, New York, south of Fort Drum and Carthage, runs through poor, shabby countryside. In the...
The Anglo-Americans
Perhaps the refined tastes of Boston's large academic audience account for its welcoming embrace of period-performance practitioners. Whatever the reason, New York has nothing to compare with the Boston Early Music Festival, which, for several years,...
The Natural
On September 21, 2009, three days after her twenty-fifth birthday, Nina Arianda, like most ambitious actresses just out of drama school, was making the rounds in New York, looking for work. In a large shoulder bag, she carried her C.V., which listed...
Turnpike
Darkness floods a space just as light does. This was a thought entertained the other night while riding in the back seat of Gillian Welch's Cadillac Escalade. Welch and David Rawlings, her partner in the modernist two-piece band Gillian Welch, were driving...
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