The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 22, 2005

BAG CHECK; THEME AND VARIATIONS Series: 2/5
Scene: Subway entrance, Grand Central, 9 a.m., Friday. Players: Officers Boyd, Ramson, Kwong, and Morales. Assorted citizens and photographers."Exit to your left.""Hello, Miss, going up the stairs: stay to your left.""Only thing I can say is, people...
Brazilian Wax; Pop Music
On a hot night in June, an unadvertised show by two influential d.j.s was getting under way at Rothko, a small club on the Lower East Side. Wesley Pentz, who is twenty-six and goes by the name Diplo--"Just like 'Delta' or 'Chevrolet,' it's a word I made...
[ Briefly Noted ]
The Dreams, by Naguib Mahfouz; translated from the Arabic by Raymond Stock (American University in Cairo; $19.95). In his first book since an assassin nearly killed him, a decade ago, the Nobel laureate and author of "The Cairo Trilogy" transcribes his...
Liquid Assets; Books
A typical day's drinking for Samuel Pepys in early Restoration London might go like this. At about ten o'clock, he would have his "morning draft"--usually "small" (or weak) beer, but sometimes regular beer or even wine. Cakes might be eaten with the...
ONE-MAN SHOW; DEPT. OF MULTITASKING Series: 4/5
Early on in Roald Dahl's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Grandpa Joe lets Charlie in on a secret: late at night, an army of tiny "secret workers"--Oompa Loompas--can be seen plugging away behind Mr. Wonka's gates. Last year, a similar air of...
Opting out; the Current Cinema
What do you do with a hero, or a heroine, who refuses the duties of the heroic? Given that movies rejoice in stardom, in the will of actors to besiege the screen, what happens when the characters whom they play want nothing more than to slide off the...
ROE V. ROVE; COMMENT Series: 1/5
As of last Monday, when Time and Newsweek hit the stands with Karl Rove on their covers, the elements were in place for a good old-fashioned second-term White House scandal wallow. In Rove himself--baby-faced hatchet man, architect of the political career...
Sex and the Supremes; Annals of Law
There have been occasions in the history of the Supreme Court when simple professional excellence, more than any grittier consideration, was enough to propel a lawyer onto the bench. Ethnic and geographic balance, as well as a measure of ideological...
THE BRITNEY OPTION; WIND ON CAPITOL HILL Series: 3/5
In May, the Senate's eleventh-hour compromise on filibusters led to a lot of talk about a return to civility. The President's nomination, last week, of John G. Roberts to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court may change that. Advocacy groups...
THE GOOD NEWS; DEPT. OF EDUCATION Series: 5/5
In 1882, at the back of a theatre on West Twenty-third Street, the pastor A. B. Simpson founded the Missionary Training Institute, North America's first Bible college. In 1897, he moved it thirty miles north, to Nyack. And so it came to pass that for...
The New Nomads; the Theatre
In hide-and-seek, it's a tragedy if you are not found: this turns out to be the existential predicament of the refugees who populate Ariane Mnouchkine's pageant of the uprooted, "Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssees)." The saga, which has a Homeric sweep,...
The Ringleader; Profiles
For much of the twentieth century, Washington was a Democratic town. Presidents came and went, but on Capitol Hill, which is where the tax dollars get spent, liberals and moderates dominated the key committees and set the legislative agenda. Washington's...
The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St. (212-995-0099)--Never mind the name. This isn't one of those reclaimed opium dens or massage parlors but a glossy interloper with booths that dwarf the tallest diners, grating music, and a design scheme with a glass-fronted, ceiling-high...
The Yanks Are Coming; on Television
Steven Bochco, the co-creator of "Over There," the new FX series about the war in Iraq, which begins on July 27th, has taken pains in interviews to declare that the show has nothing to do with politics. This is the first television series set in a war...
Tides of War; Letter from Sri Lanka
There was talk in Sri Lanka, not long after the tsunami, of an expensive coffin heading north. The story appeared in the press and was passed on in conversation, unencumbered by any trace of verifiable reality: Did you hear . . . a coffin, very fancy...
Writer, Interrupted; Books
In 1993, I went to visit Henry Roth, a man as famous for his decades of silence as for the great novel he had published almost sixty years earlier, "Call It Sleep." Roth was living in Albuquerque, in a converted funeral home (by then everything about...
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