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The New Yorker September 7, 2020

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Dexter Filkins (“The Uncounted,” p. 34), a staff writer, was a reporter at the Miami Herald for nine years. He is the author of “The Forever War,” which won a National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Silvia Rosi (Portfolio, p. 46) is a photographer and a video artist based in London. Juan Felipe Herrera (Poem, p. 63) served two terms as the United States Poet Laureate. His latest poetry collection is “Every Day We Get More Illegal.” Rachel Syme (“Back to School,” p. 28), a staff writer, has covered style and consumer culture for The New Yorker since 2012. Hilton Als (Portfolio, p. 46), an associate professor of writing at Columbia University, received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is a Presidential Visiting Scholar at Princeton. Jane Shore (Poem, p. 42) is the…

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the mail

ENGINEERING ELECTIONS I read with interest Jill Lepore’s fascinating narrative about how the Simulmatics Corporation’s early social-science research insinuated its way into John F. Kennedy’s Presidential campaign (“All the King’s Data,” August 3rd & 10th). She laments Simulmatics’s role as a political “secret weapon,” one that presaged the more sophisticated contemporary modelling that, in her words, “alienates individuals, and undermines democracy.” I see the linkage from past to present somewhat differently. The connection between Simulmatics and today’s political machinations is not in the impact that data-analytic models have on voters. Not only is there no empirical evidence that the deployment of Simulmatics’s strategies caused voters to favor Kennedy, but there are no hard data demonstrating that current attempts to mine and manipulate digital information actually achieve their desired political effect. Instead,…

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goings on about town: this week

SEPTEMBER 2 – 8, 2020 One of the silver linings of the pause in New York City has been seeing harried pedestrians become masked flâneurs, discovering the pleasures of walking for its own sake. The High Line was created for exactly that purpose—an elevated stroll in the fresh air, enhanced by outdoor art and sustainable landscaping. Of course, some people would rather just kick off their shoes and lean back. A portion of the park is now open daily, from noon to 8 p.m., with timed tickets available on the High Line app and Web site. PODCASTS American Rehab The first serialized offering from the veteran investigative podcast “Reveal,” hosted by Al Letson and reported by Shoshana Walter, Laura Starecheski, and Ike Sriskandarajah, is a knockout—a riveting eight-episode exposé of Cenikor, a nationwide chain…

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tables for two: yardy

The other day, as I ate a salad that I’d ordered from Yardy, an event-production company started by the twenty-seven-year-old artist, chef, and model DeVonn Francis, my brain kept short-circuiting. Every time I bit into a cube of yellow fruit, dusted with Francis’s riff on Tajín (a Mexican chili-and-lime seasoning powder), I expected pineapple; in fact, it was mellow, sunny-fleshed watermelon. Between the cognitive glitch and the heat of the spice mix—heavy on dehydrated Scotch-bonnet pepper, ubiquitous in West Africa and the Caribbean—it was a dish that reframed my palate as much as it brought me pleasure. Reframing the American palate by skillfully wielding pleasure, not to mention style, is one way to describe what Francis aims to do with Yardy. Before the pandemic, the company was focussed on food-centric gatherings,…

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comment: out of control

Tiffany Trump is not the most prominent or politically adept of the President’s children, but her speech at the Republican National Convention last week served as a succinct summation of the event’s key messages. Donald Trump is a giant among Presidents, protecting the country and keeping his promises. His reëlection is a contest between freedom and oppression. Yet he’s subject to hatred, Tiffany said, because so many people have been “manipulated and visibly coerced” by the media and tech companies that present a “biased and fabricated” version of reality. “Ask yourselves, why are we prevented from seeing certain information?” she urged viewers. The answer is “control.” She was far from the only speaker to have discerned a connection between attempts to deceive the American people and efforts to subdue them. On…

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minneapolis postcard: poho patrol

When the Minneapolis City Council pledged “to end policing as we know it,” the announcement was made at Powderhorn Park, on the south side of the city, just blocks from where George Floyd was killed by local officers in May. Many people wondered what, exactly, an alternative to policing would look like. That question is being answered at the park, too. Every night, volunteers patrol the area, where, in the months since Floyd’s death, there has been an uptick in shootings and break-ins, and residents have made an informal pact not to call the police. Pouya Najmaie, a forty-six-year-old environmental lobbyist, is one of the founders of the patrol, called the Powderhorn Safety Collective, which has around forty active members. “We can solve our own problems,” Najmaie said. “We don’t…