The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. XCI, No. 2, February 26

Briefly Noted
Briefly NotedWhen Montezuma Met Cortés, by Matthew Restall (Ecco). In 1519, the emperor Montezuma received the conquistador Hernán Cortés and some of his men as guests in the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán. Within two years, Montezuma was dead, the Aztecs...
Cherchez la Femme
Cherchez La FemmeLast month, just before “Saturday Night Live” parodied Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot as wine-swilling reactionaries, Marlène Schiappa, a Frenchwoman with significantly greater authority on gender issues, made a quick visit to...
Doktor Zeitgeist
Doktor ZeitgeistGermany’s celebrity philosopher explains the age of rage.One weekend last June, in an auditorium in the German city of Karlsruhe, the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk celebrated his seventieth birthday by listening to twenty lectures about...
Escaping ISIS
Escaping ISISHow a small group of immigrants helped save their people back home.Growing up in northwestern Iraq, Hadi Pir often went to Mt. Sinjar for solace. As a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority, he believed that the narrow mountain...
Fam and Cheese
Fam and CheeseFamily drama on “Here and Now,” “This Is Us,” and “The Fosters.”In the first episode of “Here and Now,” on HBO, a liberal Portland mother, played by Holly Hunter, defends her choice of party supplies to her daughter. “Bamboo is sustainable!”...
Flower Bombs
Flower BombsBy day, the floral designer Lewis Miller creates arrangements of abundance and originality for understated events at such venues as the Maidstone Club, the Stone Barns Center, and the New York Public Library. By night, his Banksy side kicks...
Imaginary Kingdoms
Imaginary Kingdoms“Black Panther” and “Early Man.”If you start in the center of Africa and head southeast, you arrive at Wakanda. According to one map, it lies somewhere near Uganda—below South Sudan, above Rwanda, and abutting the Democratic Republic...
Incognito
IncognitoAfter Grigory Rodchenkov left his position as the director of a Russian anti-doping lab, in November of 2015, some burly guards showed up in his front yard. Ostensibly, they were sent to protect Rodchenkov from prying reporters. But he knew...
Made in Vietnam
Made in VietnamEdward Lansdale and the war over the war.For almost thirty years, by means financial, military, and diplomatic, the United States tried to prevent Vietnam from becoming a Communist state. Millions died in that struggle. By the time active...
Ocular Proof
Ocular ProofSeeing and believing in A. J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window.”An archetype, as Mark Twain might have observed, is nothing but a stereotype with a college education. Where modernists and postmodernists boldly plunder the collective treasuries...
Palace Intrigue
Palace IntrigueChristophe Rousset reinvigorates the French Baroque.When, on a recent snowy day in Paris, members of the early-music ensemble Les Talens Lyriques arrived for a rehearsal at the Collège-Lycée Jacques-Decour, a secondary school near the...
Peace Games
Peace GamesAn enduring bromide about the Olympic Games holds that they provide a respite from politics. That has been a fiction since at least 424 B.C., when Sparta, fighting Athens in the Peloponnesian War, was barred from the Olympiad. In the modern...
Real People
Real PeopleA few days before Fashion Week began, the avant-garde label Eckhaus Latta held a casting call in a Chinatown basement for its runway show. Women with pink hair, men with full-back tattoos, plus-size and transgender models, and not terribly...
Stairmaster
StairmasterHas Thomas Heatherwick created a rival to the Statue of Liberty, or a hundred-and-fifty-million-dollar folly?Stephen Ross, the seventy-seven-year-old billionaire property developer and the owner of the Miami Dolphins, has a winningly informal,...
Tetsu
Tetsu78 Leonard St. (212-207-2370)It may seem that Masa Takayama, the chef and owner of the sushi mecca Masa, earned mythical status owing solely to the sheer audacity of his prices—at $595 per person, before drinks and tax, dinner at Masa must be the...
The Misanthrope
The MisanthropeThe playwright Bruce Norris turns his jaundiced eye on free-market capitalism.“I screwed up my back yesterday, so if I’m grimacing that’s why,” the playwright Bruce Norris said recently. Norris has a reputation as a grimacer, at least...
The Miss Universe Connection
The Miss Universe ConnectionBeauty pageants long helped Trump’s businesses. One of them may also have helped his Presidential bid.The first-round results of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant seem to have come as a surprise to some of the competition’s judges,...
The “TRL” Generation
The “TRL” GenerationDashboard Confessional and Justin Timberlake try again.Last summer, the emo-pop band Dashboard Confessional made an unexpected choice at the end of a live show in Central Park. All evening, it had performed its blockbuster singles,...
The Troubles
The TroublesMartin McDonagh’s pastiche about the patriarchy.Just as playwrights’ artistic development can be charted through their work, critics tell us who they are—and how they grow, or don’t grow—when they’re fortunate enough to be able to focus on...
Tropicália
TropicáliaMOMA introduces New York to Brazil’s original modernist.Some artists are so iconic, they’re known by only one name: Brancusi, Léger, Tarsila. Wait, who? The painter Tarsila do Amaral is so famous in her native Brazil that forty-three years...
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