The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 28, 2006

222; PITCHING IN; PITCHING IN Series: 2/5
It took hundred-and-twenty-five-mile-an-hour winds and a thirty-four-foot storm surge eight hours, last year, to destroy Dot Phillips's house. But putting it back together again is taking computer models, thousand-mile plane trips, and a team of New...
Briefly Noted
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud (Knopf; $25). In this witty examination of New York's chattering classes, which opens in the spring of 2001, the despot of the title is Murray Thwaite, a famous journalist who made his name in the Vietnam era....
Heaven's Gate; Books
Alice McDermott's excellent novels "Charming Billy" and "At Weddings and Wakes" had to do with Irish-Americans living modest lives in Queens and on Long Island--this is the world McDermott comes from--and her new novel, "After This" (Farrar, Straus &...
Hill on the Plains; Dvd Notes
In the making-of documentary attached to the Western epic "Broken Trail" (Sony), Walter Hill, the co-producer and director of this three-hour 2006 AMC miniseries, defines the genre in terms of men working things out for themselves without recourse to...
Junior; Dept. of Law Enforcement
For nearly a decade, a former Al Qaeda operative named Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl has been living in the United States government's witness-protection program, under an assumed identity. A Sudanese citizen and a onetime confidant of Osama bin Laden's, Fadl...
LOST LOVE; COMMENT; COMMENT Series: 1/5
After the calamity that glided down upon us out of a clear blue sky on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001--five short years ago, five long years ago--a single source of solace emerged amid the dread and grief: a great upwelling of simple solidarity....
New and Old; the Art World
"Out of Time," the third annual reinstallation of the rehoused Museum of Modern Art's capacious contemporary galleries, is a mixed bag of works from the past four decades, with a trenchant and, considering MOMA's history, somewhat melancholy theme. Here...
OLD COUNTRY; REFLECTIONS Series: 4/5
There's no knowing what place September 11th will occupy in our minds in another five or ten years, but the surprise just now is that so many of its persistent, recircling images are about age. How could it be, one still asks, that no Pentagon strategist...
OSAMA'S BANK ACCOUNT; THE FINANCIAL PAGE; THE FINANCIAL PAGE Series: 5/5
In the federal courthouse in Manhattan, on Foley Square, a pyre of legal briefs is accumulating in the chambers of Judge Richard Casey, who has been assigned to make sense of a large number of lawsuits consolidated as "In re Terrorist Attacks on September...
PIPE CLEANER; AFTERMATH DEPT.; AFTERMATH DEPT. Series: 3/5
On a recent Friday afternoon, Anthony Meloni was in his sun-filled workshop in Port Chester, New York, forty-five minutes north of Manhattan, cleaning a pipe organ. More precisely, he was supervising the cleaning. He had recently broken his right arm--the...
Supermen; the Current Cinema
What will be our lasting image of Superman, in a year that marked his return? Will it be Brandon Routh, jutting his jaw at a world that craves salvation? Or will it be Ben Affleck, falling like a sack of sugar beets onto a concrete floor, his airborne...
Surveillance Society; a Critic at Large
On January 30, 1937, a letter to the New Statesman and Nation announced that Darwin, Marx, and Freud had a successor--or, more accurately, successors. "Mass-Observation develops out of anthropology, psychology, and the sciences which study man," the...
The Forgotten War; Letter from Gaza
Four skittish and dishevelled members of a Hamas rocket team threaded their way down a pitted alley in Beit Hanoun, a destitute town in northernmost Gaza. They stayed close to the walls, searching the sky for the pilotless, missile-firing drones of the...
The Little Owl; Tables for Two
90 Bedford St., at Grove St. (212-741-4695)--" 'Scuse me, is this the Red Owl?" a woman said to a couple sitting on a bench in front of a snug Village restaurant. It was the Little Owl, the inaugural venture from Joey Campanaro and Gabriel Stulman, but...
The Master Plan; Annals of Terrorism
Even as members of Al Qaeda watched in exultation while the Twin Towers fell and the Pentagon burned on September 11, 2001, they realized that the pendulum of catastrophe was swinging in their direction. Osama bin Laden later boasted that he was the...
The Moderate Martyr; Letter from Sudan
In 1967, a law student at the University of Khartoum named Abdullahi Ahmed an-Naim was looking for a way to spend a summer evening in his home town, a railway junction on the banks of the Nile in northern Sudan. No good movies were showing at the local...
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