The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 47, 2007

Bad Precedent; Books
By late 1814, it was clear that America was not winning the War of 1812. Washington, including the Capitol and the White House, was in ashes. New Englanders were so demoralized that they were considering secession. When British troops, hardened from...
BAND OF BROTHERS; DARNEDEST THINGS DEPT.; DARNEDEST THINGS DEPT. Series: 4/5
Nat and Alex Wolff, the brothers in the Naked Brothers Band, have been working together for five years, since the evening they got out of the bathtub and began singing and jumping around. Eventually, they got dressed, picked up instruments, and, along...
Bar Martignetti; Tables for Two
406 Broome St. (212-680-5600)--Tom and Anthony Martignetti, brothers and owners of a club on Houston Street, have said that they intended, with this restaurant, to create an Odeon for Nolita's young and well-heeled. They have produced a brasserie that...
Classics Galore; Books
Jane Smiley's capacious new novel, "Ten Days in the Hills" (Knopf; $26), does not give the reader a warm welcome--the first chapter is cloying and confusing--but accommodates him amply enough so that at the end, four hundred and fifty pages later, he...
Cool Heat; Pop Music
In 1983, Bob Hurwitz, who worked for a jazz and classical label called ECM, attended a performance at the Public Theatre, in New York, by the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso--his first show in America. "The audience was probably ninety per cent Brazilian,"...
Crime Scenes; the Current Cinema
Here's one of the few rules in movies which matter: an actor won't last as a leading man unless he plays characters who want something passionately. Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster want power, and Buster Keaton and Clark Gable want girls. Gary Cooper...
Different Strokes; Books
Vincent van Gogh's favorite color was yellow; Paul Gauguin's was red. It was not a trivial difference. It pertains to the clashing, deeply complementary temperaments of two painters whose idiosyncrasies, inseparable from their talents and ideas, became...
HARD CASES; COMMENT; COMMENT Series: 1/5
It's a good thing that you're unlikely to be approached by a small, inquisitive child who wants an explanation of the trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Vice-President Cheney's former chief of staff, because what would you say? The trial has the air of...
Kampuchea Noodle Bar; Tables for Two
78 Rivington St., at Allen St. (212-529-3901)--New York loves its noodles, judging from the enduring popularity of Carmine's, the ever-growing popularity of Momofuku, and the fact that the obituary of the inventor of instant ramen spent three days, earlier...
Kremlin Inc.; Letter from Moscow
Saturday, October 7th, was a marathon of disheartening tasks for Anna Politkovskaya. Two weeks earlier, her father, a retired diplomat, had died of a heart attack as he emerged from the Moscow Metro while on his way to visit Politkovskaya's mother, Raisa...
Martial Artistry; Dvd Notes
It's news when an American director makes a movie about Japanese soldiers in the Second World War, but Japanese filmmakers have been making them for decades. One of the classics, "Red Angel," by Yasuzo Masumura, from 1966, newly released by the enterprising...
Mystery Train; the Art World
Martin Ramirez, a Mexican laborer who spent the last thirty-two of his sixty-eight years, until his death, in 1963, as an inmate of California mental hospitals, is my favorite outsider artist. Come to that, he's one of my favorite artists, period. His...
Paired off; Pop Notes
There seem to be a lot of male-female duos in business right now; the high-profile White Stripes and Brooklyn's medium-profile Matt & Kim are only two of a growing cohort. This statistical spike must be due partly to coincidence, but technology is...
RINGER; BOOKINGS Series: 2/5
Each spring, the White House Correspondents' Association hosts the President and other subsidiary potentates for an evening of obligatory conviviality and moderate drinking. Once every decade or so, someone mistakenly makes news at the correspondents'...
SAND MEN; COMEBACK Series: 5/5
A couple of weeks ago, the Parks Department announced that the architect David Rockwell had designed an innovative playground to be constructed near the South Street Seaport. In the days that followed, the Times published five articles on the subject;...
The Birds; Reflections
The latest Kate Bush CD includes a song called "Aerial," and one spring afternoon Hugh sat down to listen to it. In the city, I'm forever nagging him about the volume. "The neighbors!" I say. But out in Normandy I have to admit that it's me who's being...
Walking Away; the Sporting Scene
On a Tuesday afternoon a few weeks ago, the New York Giants running back Tiki Barber shuffled to the door of his apartment, on East Sixty-ninth Street, and apologized for the mess inside. His two-year-old son, Chason, had a playdate, and Legos, wooden...
WONDER BOYS; KOOKY! DEPT. Series: 3/5
The first meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society, held in the CUNY Graduate Center, on Fifth Avenue, last Tuesday evening, was billed as a contemporary wonder cabinet. Not the least of wonders is the revival of interest in Kircher, a seventeenth-century...
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