The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 31, October 3

Briefly Noted
Briefly NotedBattle for Bed-Stuy, by Michael Woodsworth (Harvard). In the nineteen-sixties, federal policy experts descended on Bedford-Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, to investigate the "root causes" of urban decay. As Woodsworth's history shows, the neighborhood's...
Couldn't Be Better
Couldn't Be BetterThe return of the utopians.Not long ago, utopianism was a mark of naivete or extremism; now pragmatists are denigrated for complacent cynicism.Five hundred years ago, a man who condoned torture, religious persecution, and burning at...
Dictionary Dude
Dictionary DudeMatt WarshawA luxury of peace and prosperity: Last year, editors at the Oxford English Dictionary, in the midst of a long march toward a third edition, set out to add an entry on "tandem surfing." ("The practice of two people riding a...
Don't Tread on Me
Don't Tread on MeScott LoBaido, an artist who paints American flags, is perhaps the most famous living Staten Islander. His flag paintings can be found in outdoor spaces all over Staten Island and in each of the fifty states. Most of the paintings are...
Doppelgangers
DoppelgangersRachel Weisz and Deborah Lipstadt's friendship turns on the question of who speaks for whom. In the new film "Denial," Weisz plays Lipstadt, the Emory University professor who was sued for libel by the British historian David Irving after...
Germany's New Nationalists
Germany's New NationalistsThe country's resurgent far right has a surprising face.Frauke Petry leads a new populist party that has become Germany's most significant right-wing force since the Nazis.You can tell well in advance when Frauke Petry, the...
Harvest Time
Harvest TimeThe long and short of new masterworks.A drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) mentors a neglected boy (Alex R. Hibbert) in Barry Jenkins's "Moonlight," screening in the New York Film Festival.The Main Slate of the New York Film Festival, at Lincoln...
Help!
Help!"The Magnificent Seven" and "Goat."The band of renegades from Antoine Fuqua's version of the classic Western.Way out West, in 1879, the town of Rose Creek is under threat. A land grabber named Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) has arrived with...
Holy Places
Holy PlacesPassion, war, and medieval Jerusalem.Detail from a choir book depicting the prophet Isaiah outside the city."Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven," at the Metropolitan Museum, is a captivating show of some two hundred objects from...
In the Balance
In the BalanceThe Supreme Court has leaned right for decades. Is that about to change?President Obama's judicial appointments have already transformed the lower courts.History, as a rule, unfolds slowly at the Supreme Court. The Justices serve for decades....
Ladybird
Ladybird127 Macdougal St. (212-475-2246)The logo of this new West Village restaurant features a bird perched atop a cornucopia of vegetal delights, which itself sits atop a woman's head. The bird holds, in its beak, a single sphere--perhaps it's a cherry...
Lady Bits
Lady BitsAli Wong's radical comedy.Wong's standup explores the last taboo of female sexuality: women are animals.It is not unusual for a female comedian to talk about her body. It is a little less conventional for her to talk about what comes out of...
Smarty Pants
Smarty PantsIt's been twenty years since Michael Kinsley, the former editor of The New Republic, undertook a novel adventure: the creation of a magazine, underwritten by Microsoft, that was to exist primarily in what was then known as "cyberspace." "There...
The Cuba Play
The Cuba PlayPresident Obama's plan normalized relations. Can it also transform the nation?One afternoon last spring, President Obama sat on a stage at La Cerveceria, a high-ceilinged beer hall on Havana Harbor, where he had been invited to preside over...
The Fear Factor
The Fear FactorIn mid-September, Rafia Zakaria, a Pakistani-American lawyer and writer, flew to Denver, to attend the annual conference of the Online News Association, where she was to present a paper on hate directed at American Muslims. She carried...
Try to Remember
Try to RememberTana French's odd, intimate crime fiction.French's Dublin Murder Squad series inspires cultic devotion in readers.All crime novels are social novels. They can't help it; without a society to define, condemn, and punish it, crime itself...
Word of Mouth
Word of MouthBon Iver's new voice.Justin Vernon's voice is one of the most recognizable instruments in indie music.Singing in falsetto is, by definition, a kind of false projection into the world. About a decade ago, when Justin Vernon, the principal...
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