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The New Yorker September 28, 2020

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Raffi Khatchadourian (“The Trash Nebula,” p. 44) has been a staff writer since 2008. Lorrie Moore (Fiction, p. 56) is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Her latest book, “Collected Stories,” came out this year. Jeffrey Toobin (“What Comes Next,” p. 34) is a staff writer. He recently published “True Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Hala Alyan (Poem, p. 49), a clinical psychologist, has written the poetry collection “The Twenty-Ninth Year” and the novel “Salt Houses.” Her second novel, “The Arsonists’ City,” is forthcoming in 2021. Adam Gopnik (Books, p. 62) has been a staff writer since 1986. His books include “A Thousand Small Sanities.” Emily Flake (Comic Strip, p. 53), a New Yorker cartoonist, is the author of, most recently, “That Was Awkward.” Nicola Twilley (“How Sweet It Is,” p. 20), a frequent…

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the mail

HARVESTING HOPE I could not agree more with Rebecca Mead’s lovely article about the therapeutic benefits of having one’s hands in the soil (“Nature and Nurture,” August 24th). Her words brought back memories from fifteen years ago, when I was taking part in a development project in an aspiring eco-village in South Africa. The facilities were rented every few weeks to a Buddhist group that brought victims of the violence in Zimbabwe to the village for workshops and meditation sessions. On their afternoon breaks, these adults, many of whom had suffered rape, loss of livelihood, hunger, and torture, came to life as they helped clear new garden beds. As Mead notes, “Gardening can be especially helpful for people suffering from P.T.S.D.,” and that seemed to be the case for these refugees.…

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goings on about town: this week

SEPTEMBER 23 – 29, 2020 Lincoln Center is presenting the city’s main annual movie event, the New York Film Festival, at virtual and drive-in screenings. This year’s edition features the New York premières of Chloé Zhao’s drama “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, and Garrett Bradley’s documentary “Time,” as well as the world premières of the first three installments of “Small Axe”—Steve McQueen’s five-part film series about London’s West Indian community—including the musical romance “Lovers Rock,” set in 1980 and starring Micheal Ward (pictured above). ART Alex Dodge The characters in this Brooklyn painter’s new works, at Klaus von Nichtssagend, seem to float in a desolate virtual space. Their blue-to-white gradient backgrounds are actually inspired by a technique that predates digital design: Dodge studied traditional woodblock printing in Japan and borrows the bokashi cross-fade technique to…

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tables for two: fieldtrip

The thesis behind FieldTrip, which the chef and restaurateur JJ Johnson opened in Harlem last year, resounds. The phrase “Rice is culture” is plastered everywhere in the small counter-service shop: on the wall, on employees’ T-shirts and face masks, on snapback caps for sale. The 2017 cookbook “Between Harlem and Heaven,” a collection of “Afro-Asian-American” recipes by Johnson and his former boss Alexander Smalls, includes an essay that argues, “If we traveled the world from Africa to Asia and all the points of the diaspora, we could eat only rice and we would not starve. On the contrary, we would feast.” Rice, they note, accounts for more than twenty per cent of the diet of at least 3.5 billion people, and, outside of Asia, West Africans consume more rice than…

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comment: in flames

For more than a century, the Mount Wilson Observatory has looked down on Los Angeles from a peak five thousand seven hundred and fifteen feet above sea level, a height that once lifted it above the city’s smog. The clear air allowed Edwin Hubble, in 1924, to discover that what was then called the Andromeda nebula was not a smudge of stars in the Milky Way but a galaxy of its own, and, later, to find proof that the universe was expanding, leading to the formulation of the Hubble constant, which describes its rate of motion. The observatory is a cherished monument and a site of ongoing research and discovery. Last week, though, the sky above it was a sickly orange, as firefighters fought to save it, along with an…

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over their heads dept.: a kennedy whistle-blower

Months before Bob Woodward’s book “Rage” documented President Trump’s efforts to deceive Americans about the peril posed by Covid-19, Robert F. Kennedy’s twenty-six-year-old grandson tried to blow the whistle on the President’s malfeasance from an improbable perch—inside Trump’s coronavirus task force. In April, Max Kennedy, Jr., despite having signed a nondisclosure agreement, sent an anonymous complaint to Congress detailing dangerous incompetence in the Administration’s response to the pandemic. On the phone recently from Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, Kennedy explained why he’d alerted Congress. “I just couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I was so distressed and disturbed by what I’d seen.” How did a Kennedy end up in a sensitive role in the Trump Administration? After graduating from Harvard, in 2016, Kennedy did some time at consulting and investment firms; he planned to take the…