The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 3, February 29

Art
ARTA still from Peter Fischli and David Weiss's film "The Way Things Go" (1987), a slapstick masterpiece capturing a chain reaction of everyday objects.Light HeavyweightsA Swiss duo brings their carefree approach to the Guggenheim. Now for something...
Bookworms
BOOKWORMSA stage adaptation of "2666."Roberto Bolano's phantasmagoric and reportorial novel is onstage in Chicago."How can someone ever truly know the work of another?" So says the irrepressible publisher Mrs. Bubis (played by the irrepressible Janet...
Chill in the Air
CHILL IN THE AIRThe rise of Kygo's laid-back house music.Two years ago, on a weekly BBC 1Xtra radio show, the American producer Diplo introduced his British listeners to a rising star from Norway. "His name is Kygo--you might have heard him," Diplo said....
Father Mike
FATHER MIKEA militant white priest fights for his black parishioners on the South Side.In a city of political players, Pfleger excels. He is torn between wanting to be close to Rahm Emanuel, in order to exploit his vulnerability, and needing to be seen...
Fish out of Water
FISH OUT OF WATEROn the day of the Golden Globe Awards, in January, the composer David Lang, who teaches at the Yale School of Music and won a Pulitzer Prize for his radiant choral work "The Little Match Girl Passion," found himself in a Chevy Suburban...
Food & Drink
FOOD & DRINKBAR TAB169 Bar 169 E. Broadway (646-833-7199) This historically seedy institution has been open for more than a century as some variation of raucous drinking establishment--its reputation once earned it the nickname the Bloody Bucket....
Helium Dreams
HELIUM DREAMSA new generation of airships is born.Igor Pasternak started thinking about airships when he was twelve. Back then, in the nineteen-seventies, he loved rockets. One night, he was curled up in the soft green chair that doubled as his bed,...
Looking Back
LOOKING BACKAntonin Scalia, who died this month, after nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, devoted his professional life to making the United States a less fair, less tolerant, and less admirable democracy. Fortunately, he mostly failed. Belligerent...
Meet-Up
MEET-UP"Next time you go to jail, David, ask for a kosher meal. They have to give it to you, and the food is better." This was the advice that Diane Goldstein, a retired police officer, gave to David Bronner, an activist in the movement to legalize marijuana,...
Off the Map
OFF THE MAPPaula Scher walked into Barnes & Noble in Union Square the other day and asked for the map section. The first female principal of Pentagram Design, Scher is responsible for some of the most recognizable graphics around, from Shake Shack's...
Shut Up and Sit Down
SHUT UP AND SIT DOWNWhy the leadership industry rules.The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Nine days later, Thomas Hardy composed a poem about the disaster called "The Convergence of the Twain." Many poets were mourning the dead; Hardy took a different...
Spellbound
SPELLBOUND"The Witch."Ralph Ineson is an outcast in a film set in seventeenth-century New England.A father and his son, a boy of twelve or so, go into a wood. They are out hunting, armed with a gun. As they walk, they engage in one of those ordinary,...
Stepping Up
STEPPING UPThe precocious rise of Justin Peck.Peck began his career as a dancer but has been making waves as a choreographer.Right now, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of excellent ballet dancers in the United States, but interesting ballet choreographers...
Tables for Two: El Cortez
TABLES FOR TWO El Cortez17 Ingraham St. (347-599-2976) Stephen Tanner, a former owner of Pies 'n' Thighs and a one-time chef at Egg, is a founding father of the Brooklyn fried-chicken scene. In 2010, he and Chris Young opened the Commodore, a well-loved...
The Scold
THE SCOLDMr. Money Mustache's retirement (sort of) plan.On his blog, Peter Adeney presents thrift as liberation rather than as deprivation.Mr. Money Mustache, the father of Mustachianism, isn't perfect. He allows himself occasional luxuries, gets drunk...
The Stress Test
THE STRESS TESTRivalries, intrigue, and fraud in the world of stem-cell research.Yoshiki Sasai was known as "the brainmaker." One of Japan's foremost developmental biologists, he made discoveries that illuminated the formation of the embryonic nervous...
The Theatre
THE THEATREThe Roundabout's revival of "The Robber Bridegroom" opens March 13, at the Laura Pels.Dirty Rotten ScoundrelA musical based on a Eudora Welty tale is revived Off Broadway. For a time, my mother supported her children as a hairdresser. She...
Watching
WATCHINGLast May, Stephanie Garry, the chief administrator at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, a funeral home at Ninety-first Street and Amsterdam Avenue, was scrolling Indiewire in her office when she came across an article about "Son of Saul," a...
We All Scream
WE ALL SCREAMThe unsung importance of Edvard Munch.Munch's "The Artist and His Model" (1919-21), on view at the Neue Galerie.For more than a century, the reputation of Edvard Munch has circled the canon of modern art like a big plane seeking a runway....
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