The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 11, April 25

Counterparts
COUNTERPARTSAbout a decade ago, James Lapine, the playwright and director, asked his friend Jody Adams, then a family-court judge, if he could spend time in her courtroom. "Something I like to do is watch someone else do their thing," Lapine explained...
Embrace Everything
EMBRACE EVERYTHINGThe Big Ears Festival, in Knoxville.Anthony Braxton's trio hovers between jazz and modernist composition.Ben Ratliff, who writes about jazz, rock, pop, and hard-to-classify music for the Times , has a remarkable new book called "Every...
Food & Drink
FOOD & DRINKBAR TABOcean's 8 308 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn (718-857-5555) "Do you want to go play games?" a waitress asked, a few nights ago, at Ocean's 8, a subterranean spot on the Park Slope side of Flatbush Avenue. A trio of customers nodded with...
Godmother of Soul
GODMOTHER OF SOULErykah Badu's expanding musical universe.When Erykah Badu told Zach Witness, an unheralded producer from East Dallas, that she might like to come to his home studio and work on some music, he didn't dare believe her. Badu, who is forty-five,...
In Living Color
IN LIVING COLORWith "black-ish," Kenya Barris rethinks the family sitcom.Kenya Barris, the creator of the ABC family sitcom "black-ish," slumped on a sofa in his airy home, in Encino, California, his eyelids drooping with fatigue. In the nearby media...
Long Play
LONG PLAYThe charmed lives of Paul McCartney.McCartney in 1964. At the time, his musical primacy was taken for granted.Every historical inquiry has a saturation point, past which new inquiry becomes simply old inquiry repackaged, and, on that principle,...
Night Life
NIGHT LIFEWonderful and StrangeXiu Xiu reinterprets Angelo Badalamenti's classic score for "Twin Peaks." With the complete two-season run of "Twin Peaks" now streaming on Netflix, and a series reboot slated for 2017, legions of young people are binge-watching...
Professor Pothole
PROFESSOR POTHOLEIn like a lion, out like a--wham! It's pothole season, or really, now that the magnolias, and the Mets, have wilted, the season for filling potholes and then boasting about it. Municipal crews are out counting and plugging craters....
Room for Debate
ROOM FOR DEBATEWhen Bernie Sanders was a senior at James Madison High School, in South Brooklyn, he ran for student-body president on a noble but unusual platform: a pledge to raise money for Korean War orphans. He lost. Fifty years later, he made the...
Stranger in Our Midst
STRANGER IN OUR MIDSTA war criminal rusticates in Edna O'Brien's "The Little Red Chairs."O'Brien's astonishing new novel starts as pastoral comedy and steadily darkens.People talk about "late style" in classical music, but what might "late style" in...
Studio 360
STUDIO 360The pioneers who are making the first virtual-reality narratives.Janicza Bravo makes short films about loneliness. In one, Michael Cera plays an abrasive paraplegic who can't get lucky. In another, Gaby Hoffmann plays a phone stalker for whom...
Tables for Two
TABLES FOR TWOSofrito 679 Riverside Dr. (212-754-5999) When the artist Milo Mottola was commissioned to design the Totally Kid Carousel for Harlem's Riverbank State Park, in the mid-nineties, he collected a set of drawings of animals made by elementary-school...
Teenage Dream
TEENAGE DREAMAdolescent ingenuity is shaping the future of pop.In 1988, David Sprague, an editor at Creem , travelled to a private school in Norwalk, California, in search of a student named Tiffany Darwish. But he couldn't find her on campus: she was...
The Brutal Romantic
THE BRUTAL ROMANTICSharon Horgan's comedy "Catastrophe" offers an unblinking look at coupledom.Horgan's upcoming series for HBO, "Divorce," stars Sarah Jessica Parker.In July, 2013, Sharon Horgan rode her bike across London and visited the offices of...
The Theatre
THE THEATRELong JourneyJessica Lange talks about her favorite role, in Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece. In 1962, Lillian and Helen Ross published "The Player," a wonderful collection of interviews with actors, ranging from Maureen Stapleton to Sidney Poitier,...
Unlikely Alliances
UNLIKELY ALLIANCESWhen you think about the role that big corporations play in American life, fighting for social justice is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet many corporations are doing precisely that in the ongoing struggle over the...
Wild Things
WILD THINGS"The Jungle Book" and "Tale of Tales."Jon Favreau directs a remake of the 1967 Disney animated movie.For the first few moments, Disney's new version of "The Jungle Book" looks and sounds like the old version, from 1967. We move through a tropical...
Working-Class Heroes
WORKING-CLASS HEROESDuring the 2008 Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, in St. Louis, Biden offered a memorable brief on behalf of struggling communities like the one in Pennsylvania where he spent his childhood. Biden, whose...
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