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The New Yorker September 14, 2020

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2 Min.

Calvin Tomkins (“The Adventures of Pipi,” p. 42), a staff writer who covers art and culture for the magazine, published “The Lives of Artists,” a six-volume collection of his profiles, last year. Laura Miller (“Labyrinths,” p. 20) wrote “The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.” She is a books and culture columnist at Slate. Douglas Stuart (Fiction, p. 52) is the author of “Shuggie Bain.” He is at work on his second novel, “Loch Awe.” Diane Seuss (Poem, p. 37), a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, most recently published the poetry collection “Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl.” Her new book, “frank: sonnets,” will be out in 2021. Hua Hsu (Books, p. 63), a staff writer, is the author of “A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific.” Cora Frazier (Shouts &…

3 Min.
the mail

WHAT HINDERS POLICE REFORM? I was impressed by William Finnegan’s cogent article about the New York City police unions (“The Blue Wall,” August 3rd & 10th). I have been following N.Y.P.D. issues for nearly thirty years, first as an executive at the New York City corporation counsel’s office, and then as a civil-rights lawyer suing N.Y.P.D. officers. Unfortunately, police unions are not the only problem—just the loudest. Many governmental agencies have worked for decades to protect police officers from public scrutiny and accountability. Among the worst enablers are the New York City Law Department, led by a cadre of hardliners whose super-aggressive tactics have prompted several federal judges to rebuke or sanction city lawyers; city comptrollers, who routinely approve millions of dollars in settlements against the police but never condition that approval…

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goings on about town: this week

SEPTEMBER 9 – 15, 2020 “If ever there was a year built for the extreme drama of opera, it’s 2020!” says the scintillant mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (pictured above, in Barcelona). Her recital in the Metropolitan Opera’s streaming series “Met Stars Live in Concert,” which she performs at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, in Germany, on Sept. 12, swings from high tragedy to the depths of compassion, with pieces by Monteverdi, Berlioz, and Handel. It’s an expression, she says, of our longing “to find harmony within ourselves and our world.” ART Katherine Bradford This resourceful painter’s online exhibition, on the Canada gallery’s Web site, is a studio visit of sorts: a glimpse into Bradford’s scaleddown workspace and her vibrant, if pensive, output during a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine in her Maine home. A photograph from early April, with…

3 Min.
tables for two: pulkies

“Only Texans and Jews understand brisket,” Anthony Bourdain once said. An exaggeration, undoubtedly: as carefully catalogued in “The Brisket Chronicles,” published last year by the cookbook author Steven Raichlen, brisket is a cut of beef beloved around the world. The French slow-cook it in wine for boeuf à la mode. In Cuba, it gets boiled and then deep-fried to become vaca frita. Sliced paper-thin, it is likely to appear in a bowl of Vietnamese pho. Still, brisket is particularly prominent in both Jewish-American food (braised by home cooks, pastrami-cured at delis) and Texas barbecue (dry-rubbed and pit-smoked). This overlap is key to Pulkies, which describes its food as “Jewish-style BBQ.” Pulkies’s brisket, which is sold by the half pound, in slices lean or marbled, falls on the Jewish end of the…

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comment: violent winds

In the fall of 1856, according to news reports, a Baltimore resident named Charles Brown was “peaceably walking along the street” when he was shot dead. It was a local Election Day, and Brown was in the vicinity of a Twelfth Ward polling place. Democrats attempting to enter it had been repelled by supporters of the American Party, better known as the Know-Nothings. For some two hours, the groups exchanged gunfire in what the Baltimore American described as “guerrilla warfare.” Brown was one of five people killed, and the newspaper marvelled that more lives were not lost. This was not an uncommon event. The American Party, a group defined by its truculent nativism, frequently deployed violence to political ends, particularly against immigrant voters. As Richard Hofstadter and Michael Wallace, in…

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silver lining dept.: flush

As the economy goes, so go portable toilets. When the market is good, construction sites proliferate, wedding planners book luxury powder-room trailers, and Portosans are everywhere. When a recession looms, toilet men are the first to feel the pinch. This spring, the bell tolled for the porta-potty industry. The S. & P. 500 lost a third of its value. Unemployment hit fourteen per cent. Events were cancelled, from film festivals to flea markets and fun runs. Who would need toilets now? In the first weeks of the lockdown, Abe Breuer, the owner of John To Go, peered into his computer monitors in West Haverstraw, New York, and saw the answer: everyone. Governor Andrew Cuomo needed porta potties and hand-washing sinks for drive-through test sites along the Palisades Parkway. Utility companies pestered…