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The New Yorker September 21, 2020

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Laura Secor (“The Man Who Wouldn’t Spy,” p. 32), an editor at Foreign Affairs, is the author of “Children of Paradise.” Thomas Mallon (“The Normalcy Election,” p. 26) is a novelist, an essayist, and a critic. His ten books of fiction include “Finale” and, most recently, “Landfall.” Alexandra Schwartz (“Making a Scene,” p. 18), a theatre critic for the magazine, has been a staff writer since 2016. Julian Lucas (Books, p. 65) is a writer and a critic based in Brooklyn. Nicole Krauss (Fiction, p. 52) is the author of four novels, including “The History of Love” and “Forest Dark.” Her first story collection, “To Be a Man,” will be published in November. Barry Blitt (Sketchbook, p. 41) is a cartoonist and an illustrator. He won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, for work…

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the mail

BEASTS OF NUNIVAK ISLAND I read with interest Jon Lee Anderson’s account of his visit to Nunivak, in the Bering Sea, in search of musk-ox wool (“Wanderlust,” August 17th). Anderson cites as inspiration the late Peter Matthiessen’s participation in a 1964 expedition to Nunivak. That journey was led by John J. Teal, Jr., an American anthropologist and visionary, who, in a 1958 Profile in The New Yorker, was described as enjoying “the unique and quite profitless distinction of being the only musk-ox herdsman in the world.” Earlier that decade, Teal had embarked on a mission to capture and domesticate the beast. With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, he started Alaska’s first domestic-musk-ox farm, in Fairbanks. He envisaged an Arctic domestic industry built around the animal’s underwool, known as qiviut,…

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goings on about town: this week

SEPTEMBER 16 – 22, 2020 People’s love for New York assumes many forms, from a Frank Sinatra ballad to a Frank O’Hara poem. The newly reopened MOMA is greeting visitors to its lobby with a big mural of the iconic I♥NY logo (seen in closeup, above). It was conceived for a 1977 tourism campaign by the legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, who died in June, at the age of ninety-one. To insure a safely reduced capacity, the museum is making timed tickets available at moma.org; admission is free through Sept. 27. MUSIC Rez Abbasi: “Django-shift” JAZZ The music of the legendary Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt is Gallically romantic, effervescent, and almost aggressively expressive; the music of the guitarist Rez Abbasi, as heard on his tribute album to Reinhardt, “Django-shift,” can be oddly shaped, inward-leaning,…

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goings on about town: television

I May Destroy You In this mesmerizing twelve-episode series for HBO and BBC One, written and co-directed by the aggressively free-minded Michaela Coel, Arabella (Coel), a young East London writer avoiding a deadline, parties late into the night, and then experiences a temporal blackness: she bolts awake, a gash on her forehead. The next day, a reel of horrible action colonizes her brain—a man, sweating and panting, thrusting in a bathroom stall. It will be a while before she can acknowledge that the image is a memory. Arabella has improvised a family in her mates Kwame (Paapa Essiedu), a gay aerobics instructor with a Grindr addiction, and Terry (Weruche Opia), an aspiring actress. Essiedu and Opia are understated and frequently superb, and Coel channels her enormous energy into a standout performance.…

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goings on about town: podcasts

The Promise This podcast, reported and hosted by Meribah Knight for Nashville Public Radio, explores, with a keen ear for character and detail, life amid economic inequality in swiftly gentrifying East Nashville. The stellar first season focussed on the redevelopment of a public-housing complex; the new season studies de-facto segregation in schools and the people trying to challenge it, with historical context that includes clips from a John F. Kennedy speech and interviews about a forty-three-year segregation case that ended in a Pyrrhic victory. The show’s greatest asset is Knight’s vivid on-the-ground scene-setting, especially in schools—the sounds of bustling energy, teachers’ devotion, and kids making strides. In the COVID era, it’s practically a tearjerker, as is the joyful shouting of one bright, irrepressible kid running through the housing complex, telling everybody…

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tables for two: pupusas ridgewood and mirna’s pupuseria

Pupusas Ridgewood 71-20 Fresh Pond Road, Queens Mirna’s Pupuseria 1350 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn The cashew is a remarkably versatile ingredient. It’s as delicious treated simply—raw or roasted, with or without salt—as it is soaked and processed and used to mimic cheese, butter, and cream, sometimes with astonishing success. My favorite thing about it is how it grows: each nut, encased in a hard, kidney-shaped shell, hangs from the end of a bulbous, shiny-skinned fruit, which turns red or yellow when ripe and could be easily mistaken for an apple or a bell pepper. In countries across Asia and Latin America, this fruit is used to make a spectacular juice, with a sweet, tart flavor that’s as recognizable yet as confoundingly complex as Coca-Cola. In El Salvador, where the fruit is known as marañón, the juice…