The New Yorker

Articles from Vol. 92, No. 18, June 20

Above & Beyond
ABOVE & BEYONDMermaid Parade Every June since 1983, the siren song of Surf Avenue on Coney Island draws even more freaks than usual, as aquatic revellers don fish-scale suits and seashell bras to celebrate the start of summer. The Mermaid Parade...
Art
ARTMUSEUMS AND LIBRARIESMetropolitan Museum "Dream States"The entire medium of photography can be considered oneiric--after all, even the most straightforward pictures hew closer to imagination than to reality. The curators Mia Fineman and Beth Saunders...
Bar Omar
Bar Omar188 Grand St., Brooklyn (718-388-0411)In Paris, especially on beautiful summer nights, Chez Omar still has a line out the door, almost forty years after it opened. The French-Algerian restaurant has a full bistro menu, but few people bother with...
Better with Age
Better with Age"I Remember Mama" is reimagined with an all-female cast.Transport Group revives the 1944 play, about a family of Norwegian immigrants in San Francisco.George Stevens's greatness as a filmmaker is in part attributable to his ability to...
Boundary Conditions
BOUNDARY CONDITIONSAdrienne Rich's collected poems.Rich devised her own constraints; the fifties formalist remained inside her."One rainy day in the spring of 1960, the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan arrived at my door," Adrienne Rich wrote in her...
Briefly Noted
BRIEFLY NOTEDThe Cultural Revolution, by Frank Dikotter (Bloomsbury). Drawing on previously classified documents and on memoirs by individual citizens, this history of China's most infamous social movement shows how a program based on denouncing reactionaries...
Classical Music
CLASSICAL MUSICOPERAOn Site Opera: "The Marriage of Figaro" The immersive-theatre specialists bring Marcos Portugal's lesser-known version of Beaumarchais's play--the same one adapted by Mozart--to 632 on Hudson, a West Village triplex that will serve...
Confessional
CONFESSIONALOn a former producer of "The Bachelor" satirizes her experience.Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's show takes aim at sexism and competition among women.For three years, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro worked as a producer on the reality show "The Bachelor."...
Crowning Glory
CROWNING GLORYThe sneaky radicalism of "Call the Midwife."Childbirth punctuates the show in the way that violence does on other series.The most recent season of "Call the Midwife" began with bloody fingertips. Thirteen minutes into the opening episode,...
Dance
DANCEAmerican Ballet Theatre The A.B.T. "Swan Lake" isn't the finest you'll ever see, but it gets the job done. There are six swan queens to choose from, each with her own slightly different take: Gillian Murphy (bold), Isabella Boylston (vulnerable),...
Family Business
FAMILY BUSINESSThe playwright and actress Halley Feiffer doesn't know how she got chronic Lyme disease, but she thinks it was from a tick on Martha's Vineyard. Two years ago, she was acting in an Off Broadway play and could barely get through the second...
Frank Modell
FRANK MODELLIn person and in his drawings, Frank Modell presented his friends and fans with different but companionable reactions--attention, concern, and an imminent expectation of delight. His gaze was mature and alert, but a wry smile often flickered...
Ghost Editor
GHOST EDITORA. Scott Berg has almost single-handedly rescued Maxwell Perkins from the anonymity he desired. Berg's 1978 biography, "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius," was a masterly look at a reticent Yankee who buried himself in manuscripts, wore a fedora...
Home Free
HOME FREEHow a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system.Derrick Hamilton's legal education began in 1983, when he was seventeen and in the jail for teen-age boys on Rikers Island. He'd been an enthusiastic student as...
Movies
MOVIESOPENINGCentral Intelligence In this action comedy, an accountant (Kevin Hart) joins a C.I.A. agent (Dwayne Johnson) on a dangerous mission. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber; co-starring Amy Ryan and Aaron Paul. Opening June 17. (In wide release.)NOW...
Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple180 Orchard St. (212-237-1790)If you've ever longed to follow your Katz's pastrami-on-rye experience with an Elyx spritz, served poolside and al fresco, you're in luck. Mr. Purple, a rooftop bar fifteen stories above Ludlow and Orchard Streets,...
Nature Boy
Nature BoyThe music of Per Norgard, long unheard in New York, gets its due.If you're a composer from a small country without a long tradition of great classical music--say, Denmark--and you want to reach the kind of heights that the Germans and the French...
Night Life
NIGHT LIFEROCK AND POPMusicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it's advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements.The Cure This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Robert Smith's new-wave mope-fest, and, with a catalogue...
North Carolina Police Blotter
NORTH CAROLINA POLICE BLOTTERLocation:Marriott Hotel, women's bathroom, downtown Durham.8:05 A.M. Broad-shouldered Caucasian female, forties, entered facility and proceeded to commandeer entire sink area. First-degree manspreading.9:20 A.M. Latina businesswoman,...
Occupied Territory
OCCUPIED TERRITORYThe Republican elite struggles over whether to resist Trump or capitulate.One senator says, of Trump's win, "I'm still in the first stage of grief--denial."Last month, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for President,...
Reclaiming Rock
RECLAIMING ROCKMitski uses the tropes of indie rock to make something novel.Guitar music can seem constitutionally stale or nostalgic. Today, young women may be indie rock's greatest--if not its only--source of vitality.Like many skilled lyricists, the...
The Best of the Fests
The Best of the FestsLeading independent films get their New York premieres at BAM.The director Joel Potrykus's drama "The Alchemist Cookbook," starring Ty Hickson as a young man on a supernatural mission, screens June 16 at BAM.BAMCINEMAFEST, THE EIGHTH...
The Case for Free Money
THE CASE FOR FREE MONEYIn the mid-nineteen-seventies, the Canadian province of Manitoba ran an unusual experiment: it started just handing out money to some of its citizens. The town of Dauphin, for instance, sent checks to thousands of residents every...
The Choice
THE CHOICEBefore the emergence of Barack Obama, the idea of an African-American President was less a matter of political reality than it was the stuff of fantasy. With apologies to anticipatory figures from Frederick Douglass to Jesse Jackson, a black...
The Theatre
THE THEATREOPENINGS AND PREVIEWSMinor Character In the company New Saloon's riff on Chekhov, sixteen actors perform a mashup of different translations of "Uncle Vanya," from a standard 1916 version to the garbled results of Google Translate. (Invisible...
The Unseen
THE UNSEENMillions of microbes are yet to be discovered. Will one hold the ultimate cure?Once a year, when Slava Epstein was growing up in Moscow, his mother took him to the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy, a showcase for the wonders...
This Is America
THIS IS AMERICAA Stuart Davis retrospective.Davis's "Egg Beater No. 4" (1928): a concerted effort to transcend Cubism.The ebullient paintings of Stuart Davis, surveyed in a retrospective aptly titled "In Full Swing," at the Whitney Museum, rank either...
Unretiring
UNRETIRINGMuhammad Ali understood that one of the requirements of an icon is to let the iconographers through the door. He happily greeted photographers in his gym, his dressing room, his mosque, even his hotel room, where he held court for reporters...
What It Is like to Like
WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIKEArt and taste in the age of the Internet.Figuring out what people will like has become a big business.The subject of Tom Vanderbilt's "You May Also Like" (Knopf) is taste, the term he uses for whatever it is that guides our preference...
Who Feeds America?
WHO FEEDS AMERICA?Eighteen months ago, Donald Trump and the Spanish-born chef Jose Andres made a deal: Trump was developing a luxury hotel near the White House and wanted Andres to open a restaurant inside. Andres signed on. But then, last summer, Trump...
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