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The New Yorker August 17, 2020

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Peter Hessler (“How China Controlled the Virus,” p. 28) is a staff writer. His latest book is “The Buried.” Zadie Smith (“Who Is to Be Master,” p. 23) is the author of, most recently, “Intimations.” This piece also appears in “Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory,” which is published in conjunction with the artist’s exhibition at the Barbican, in London. Dan Kaufman (“The Last Stand,” p. 16) published “The Fall of Wisconsin” in 2018. Madhuri Vijay (Fiction, p. 50), the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, is the author of “The Far Field.” Wayne Thiebaud (Cover) is a professor emeritus of art at the University of California, Davis. Traci Brimhall (Poem, p. 55), the director of creative writing at Kansas State University, published a new poetry collection, “Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod,” this…

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the mail

DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Alec MacGillis’s piece on the violence plaguing dollar stores offers a depressing glimpse into economic decline in major Midwestern cities (“The Dollar Store Deaths,” July 6th & 13th). I lived in St. Louis from 1936 until 1963, and was moved by the stories that MacGillis tells. Based on my years of academic research into the economic problems that cities face, I believe that dollar stores are more often a symptom than a cause of this decline. The way to address the issues that cities such as St. Louis and Dayton are confronting is not merely to improve the conditions at dollar stores. Rather, we need to look toward a guaranteed income for all, enhanced gun control, and a radical reconception of racial justice. Alphonse HoltmannProfessor Emeritus, EconomicsUniversity of MiamiCoral…

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goings on about town: this week

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, most New York City venues are closed. Here’s a selection of culture to be found around town, as well as online and streaming. AUGUST 12 – 18, 2020 Immortalized by the Ramones in their 1977 punk-rock anthem of the same name, Rockaway Beach (pictured) remains a favorite place for New Yorkers looking to escape the heat of the city. (“Rockaway” is the Anglicized version of reckouwacky, which means “sandy place” in the language of the Lenape people, who originally lived there.) This summer, masks are required on all city beaches—as is social distancing—but swimmers can remove them before venturing into the water, when lifeguards are on duty. ART Art 21 Ten days after 9/11, when people’s spirits desperately needed a lift, PBS aired the first…

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tables for two: black chefs at maison yaki

The other day, as I spoke to the chef Michelle Williams by phone, she paused to explain a faint beeping. “Oh, sorry, that’s a timer,” she said cheerfully. “I’ve got a poundcake in the oven.” As we hung up, she was logging on to a virtual meeting to discuss the new school year; in addition to running Good IV the Soul, her Brooklyn-based catering company, she teaches culinary arts in New York City public high schools. After the meeting, she would finish preparing a dinner that she was catering that night, setting portions aside for me to try in advance of her next venture: launching the third pop-up (through Aug. 16) in an ongoing series at Maison Yaki, in Prospect Heights, showcasing Black entrepreneurs. The dinner included strip steak topped with…

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comment: failing schools

School isn’t due to start in New York City until after Labor Day, but in Georgia some districts began opening last week, even though the state is averaging upward of three thousand new cases of COVID-19 a day—more than France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. Schools opened in Paulding County, outside Atlanta, despite there being an outbreak among members of a high-school football team. Students posted photographs of the first days of the term at the high school, showing teen-agers jammed in two-way corridor traffic, most of them without masks. Brian Otott, the county’s school superintendent, said that the crowding did not violate its “protocols” and that “wearing a mask is a personal choice and there is no practical way to enforce a mandate to wear them.” School administrators…

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local heroes: trump and son

Christopher Columbus was tossed into a lake in Richmond, Virginia. King Leopold II, of Belgium, was burned and hauled off by a crane. When activists came for Fred Trump, the late father of the sitting U.S. President, they brought a five-gallon can of paint, a paint roller, and a blowtorch. The monument that they were targeting—before officers responding to a 911 call foiled their operation—did not include a plinth. It was a modest metal plaque on a pole, rising over a pen of shopping carts in the parking lot of a small grocery on Jamaica Avenue, in Woodhaven, Queens. What stands out about the incident is, as a police report notes, the location’s “historical connection with the current President of the United States of America.” Also, one of the alleged vandals…