The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 26, 2004

[ Briefly Noted ];
The Divine Husband, by Francisco Goldman (Atlantic Monthly; $24). From shards of literary and historical evidence, Goldman's novel re-creates an interlude in the life of Jose Marti, the great Cuban patriot and poet. In 1877, the young Marti, exiled from...
Bushspeak; Campaign Journal
The roadkill on the highway west of El Paso, our southernmost interstate, is mostly jackrabbits and coyotes. For miles, the blacktop is hemmed by cattle pens, and the smell of sunbaked dung sweetens the air. Beneath the near-hundred-degree heat of a...
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE; DEPT. OF DISCOURSE Series: 2/4
On a midtown residential block shortly after ten o'clock last Thursday night, as the President appeared onstage at Madison Square Garden, a series of dissonant voices joined the familiar chorus of passing car stereos and sirens. "Fugheddaboutit!" the...
Golden Boy; Books
Twenty years after the death of Truman Capote, it comes as a surprise to open his letters and meet with more discipline than dissipation. Biographies of the writer cannot ignore his last, wasted years, but a new epistolary handbasket, "Too Brief a Treat:...
Homes of the Stars; the Sky Line
In the late nineteen-fifties, J. Irwin Miller, the chairman of the Cummins Engine Company, decided to liven up Columbus, Indiana, where his company was based, by commissioning work from famous architects--I. M. Pei, Kevin Roche, and Robert Venturi, among...
IN MODERATION; COMMENT Series: 1/4
When Barack Obama spoke at the Democratic Convention in Boston, a lot of people thought--and hoped--that they were seeing the future. Half Kansan and half Kenyan, half black and half white, yet all-American in a novel and exhilarating way that seemed...
Journeys; the Current Cinema
Vincent Gallo, a downtown New York artist active since the early eighties as a musician, photographer, painter, model, actor, and filmmaker, has a face like a rusty hatchet (needle nose, scraggly beard), damp inky hair, and an unnerving stare. In "Buffalo...
MONEY HONEYS; GIVERS Series: 3/4
Last week, the big Republican donors who travelled to the Convention seemed determined to be themselves, starting curbside at the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton, where many of the major Party benefactors were holed up."We're called the Rangers, but I call...
Summer Afternoon; Recollections
From 1933 to 1941, when I was between the ages of seven and fifteen, I spent nine summers in a big white house in the Adirondacks. The house had no electricity, no heat, and no gas for cooking, but it had a great many bedrooms, and our four-person New...
The Wilderness Campaign; Profiles
"Hey, Dwayne? . . . Dwayne?" "Yes, Mr. Vice-President?""Could I have some more coffee?""Yes, Mr. Vice-President. Coming . . .""Thanks, Dwayne."It was ten in the morning in Nashville, a quiet weekday, with most of the neighbors off to work, and Albert...
Will Power; a Critic at Large
Why do we read critical biographies of Shakespeare? The reasons that we shouldn't have been ably given by his best critics. "Reader, looke / not on his Picture, but his Booke" was Ben Jonson's advice right there at the start, on the title page of the...
Wolfgang's Steakhouse;
4 Park Ave., at 33rd St. (212-889-3369)--For forty-one years, Wolfgang Zwiener was a waiter at Peter Luger, the meat mecca in Williamsburg. Earlier this year, he left with some of his mates and set up a rival post in the middle of Manhattan, on the ground...
YOUNG AMERICANS; ON THE AIR Series: 4/4
Like many an overworked, ambitious television producer in this season of around-the-clock political coverage, Andrew Leon puts in long hours at the studio. "Any time they need me to come, I come," he said the other night. "Saturday, I come. Friday, I...
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