The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 22, 2016

Across the Divide
ACROSS THE DIVIDEThe recent calamities in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas have the feel of a national turning point. This kind of trauma has been visited upon Americans with such regularity that the hope that any single outrage could foster change...
Briefly Noted
BRIEFLY NOTEDSweet Lamb of Heaven, by Lydia Millet (Norton) . In this novel, which is in part a beach-read thriller and in part a contemplation of questions about God and communication, Anna, a young mother fleeing her estranged, sociopathic husband,...
Captain of Her Soul
CAPTAIN OF HER SOULThe philosopher Martha Nussbaum's emotions.Martha Nussbaum was preparing to give a lecture at Trinity College, Dublin, in April, 1992, when she learned that her mother was dying in a hospital in Philadelphia. She couldn't get a flight...
Counting Sheeple
COUNTING SHEEPLEPolitical paranoia on "Mr. Robot" and "BrainDead."When the anti-corporate thriller "Mr. Robot" debuted, last year, it felt like a shock to multiple systems, one of them being the network on which it aired. That was USA, a subsidiary of...
Covina
Covina127 E. 27th St. (212-204-0225)When an award-winning chef says that he's not into being too "cheffy," you may wonder, with a touch of trepidation, what there is for dinner. At Tim Cushman's newest venture, a California-Mediterranean composite nestled...
First Day
FIRST DAYLast Monday was Antonia Romeo's first day as Her Majesty's Consul-General in New York. Romeo rose at six, skipping her morning SoulCycle class, and slipped on a pair of snakeskin Louboutins to welcome Britain's outgoing Chancellor of the Exchequer,...
Flying High
FLYING HIGHIn a bizarre Presidential race, Gary Johnson might be the x factor.The unpopularity of Clinton and Trump has created a rare opportunity.Not long ago, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's 2016 Presidential candidate, put a halt to his considerable...
Food & Drink
FOOD & DRINKBAR TABSeaborne 228 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn (718-852-4888) This cocktail bar's lyric name, plucked from a Yeats poem, suggests a breezy harborside cantina. Walking down an industrial stretch of Van Brunt Street, in Red Hook, however,...
Funny Women
FUNNY WOMEN"Ghostbusters" and "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie."Paul Feig's remake of Ivan Reitman's film stars female leads.A subway train clatters out of sight, into the gullet of a tunnel. Trapped in the last car is an evil spectre, glowing blue with...
Good Clean Punk
GOOD CLEAN PUNKHow Blink-182 endured without growing up.Pop-punk is designed not to affront listeners but to gratify them.In 1988, the Los Angeles punk band <small>NOFX</small> celebrated its fifth birthday by embarking on a tour of Europe....
Gotcha!
GOTCHA!"I wish I had eight pairs of hands, and another body to shoot the specimens," John James Audubon wrote in 1829. A similar yearning has gripped the population lately, thanks to the world-conquering success of the smartphone game Pokemon Go. In...
Michael Crawford
MICHAEL CRAWFORDMichael Crawford was a cartoonist and a painter, a wry and sensitive artist who woke each day with his head full of dreams. Straight from bed he reached for his pencils and pad, the better to get those images and word clusters down on...
Multitudinous
MULTITUDINOUSOn a recent Wednesday, at the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum's new outpost in the old Whitney building, a typical crowd--older, white--milled around the inaugural exhibit, "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible." Half-painted Picassos,...
My Gathas
MY GATHAS<blockquote>Gathas are small verses or poems which we use to help us in our mindfulness practice. A great practice is to compose our own gathas to help ourselves and others to develop mindfulness in our daily life.--The Web site for Luminous...
Night Life
NIGHT LIFEThom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and their mates celebrate twenty-five years of subverting the rules.The National FandomRadiohead tours its ninth studio album, "A Moon Shaped Pool." There are few modern rock craftsmen comparable to Thom Yorke,...
Pale Fire
PALE FIREIs whiteness a privilege or a plight?An identity politics has emerged in which whiteness spells dispossession.On the morning of September 4, 1957, a fifteen-year-old girl named Elizabeth Eckford walked toward the entrance of Little Rock Central...
Peach Boys
Peach BoysJapan's loose-gendered Takarazuka Revue, at the Lincoln Center Festival.The all-female troupe Takarazuka will perform "Chicago," followed by a stage spectacular, at the David H. Koch Theatre.In 1913, Ichizo Kobayashi, the founder of Japan's...
Philanthropic Fads
PHILANTHROPIC FADSOut of nowhere, a huge fad sweeps the country. It dominates social media and leads to a blizzard of think pieces, which are followed almost immediately by a backlash, as critics warn of the fad's baleful consequences. Eventually, people...
Puccini Plus
Puccini PlusBard SummerScape examines an entire era of Italian creativity.A very rare staging of Pietro Mascagni's opera "Iris" reveals the modernist innovations contained within its conservative Italian style.Anyone who knows the proudly obscurantist...
Purifying the Goddess
PURIFYING THE GODDESSNarendra Modi's grand plan to clean up the Ganges.More than a billion gallons of raw sewage and industrial effluent enter the river every day. The Hindu-nationalist government's restoration initiative plays directly into India's...
Trump's Boswell Speaks
TRUMP'S BOSWELL SPEAKSThe ghostwriter of "The Art of the Deal" says that Trump is unfit to lead."I put lipstick on a pig," Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter, says. He feels "deep remorse."Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz's sprawling house,...
Viewing Pleasure
VIEWING PLEASUREAn Alma Thomas retrospective and a survey of sports photography.Thomas's "Breeze Rustling Through Fall Flowers" (1968).A small but wondrous Alma Thomas retrospective at the Studio Museum in Harlem put me in mind of a desert plant that...
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