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The New Yorker September 16, 2019

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Zuzana Justman (“My Terezín Diary,” p. 42) is a documentary filmmaker. She recently finished writing a semi-auto-biographical play, “Waiting for Father.” Michael Schulman (“The Force Is with Them,” p. 26) has contributed to The New Yorker since 2006. He is the author of “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep.” Kimiko Hahn (Poem, p. 52) teaches at Queens College, City University of New York. Her latest poetry collection, “Foreign Bodies,” is forthcoming. Garth Greenwell (Fiction, p. 50) is the author of “What Belongs to You.” His new book, “Cleanness,” will be out in January. Cirocco Dunlap (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 25) has written for the television shows “Russian Doll,” “Big Mouth,” and “Man Seeking Woman.” Ivan Brunetti (Cover) is an illustrator, a cartoonist, and a teacher. His most recent book is “Comics: Easy as ABC.” Nathan Heller (“What…

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the mail

WHO DEFINES CULTURE? Louis Menand, in his review of Charles King’s book about the growth of cultural anthropology, explores why people “no longer solicit the wisdom of anthropologists” (Books, August 26th). His answer is that there has been a “swing back toward biology” to explain cultural phenomena. As an anthropologist, I see it differently. The defining shift was not from culture to biology but from science to literature. Anthropologists decided that their field was not a science, and that it should not make scientific claims. A generation of self-styled postmodern anthropologists, fearing that categorizing human groups was inherently oppressive, insisted that anthropology become a form of literary criticism. (See especially George E. Marcus and Michael M.J. Fischer’s influential book, “Anthropology as Cultural Critique,” from 1986.) One result was the fragmentation of…

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goings on about town: this week

The personal and professional partnership of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner is celebrated in the film series “Two Free Women,” running Sept. 12-16 at Lincoln Center. The retrospective includes a film of Tomlin performing Wagner’s one-woman play “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” from 1991, and a documentary by Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill, from 1986, on the rehearsals for the play’s Broadway opening. Tomlin’s movie acting is also spotlighted, in screenings of “Nashville,” “9 to 5,” and “The Late Show.” ART Alvin Baltrop Bronx Museum This quietly wonderful retrospective presents the Bronx-born photographer, who died in 2004, as more than a sensitive documentarian: Baltrop was also the unseen protagonist of his stunning pictures. More than two hundred small, mostly black-and-white prints (some of them worse for wear) provide a…

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tables for two: jajaja plantas mexicana

Vegan cuisine is hit or miss, a meat-eater would imagine, whether you like to eat food derived from animals or not. To this day, four decades after the “Moosewood Cookbook” revolution, it’s more miss than hit. Vegan cheese, made from soy or legumes or coconut, remains thin on flavor and terrible on texture; “burger” patties, in spite of inroads made with plant-based heme molecules, which lend a meaty flavor, are mostly dry and crumbly. But climate change is happening, and many people are trying, valiantly, to eat vegan, even if only sporadically, for reasons other than animal welfare and personal wellness. And so a place like Jajaja Plantas Mexicana, which serves vegan Mexican food with a millennial tinge, feeds both the striving masses and the Zeitgeist. Jajaja opened two years ago,…

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comment: this is a test

The New York City Department of Education, the sprawling bureaucracy headquartered at 52 Chambers Street, in lower Manhattan, has stewardship of more than a million students—a number larger than the total population of San Francisco, Boston, or Denver. Public education in the five boroughs encompasses not only schools divided by grade but also vocational schools, specialized schools, charter schools, alternative schools, and an extensive array of programming within the schools. The temptation is to speak of the system itself in the plural, and to a lot of people that is exactly what it is—a system of many unequal parts. Three-quarters of the children in the city’s schools are poor, and more than seventy per cent of black and Latino children attend schools in which most of the students live in…

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london postcard: the anti-perfect

Bahia Shehab, a forty-two-year-old street artist, arrived in London on a recent afternoon with a suitcase full of smuggled goods. “The idea of borders is stupid,” she said. Shehab was born in Lebanon, lives in Egypt, and has fifty-six cousins, who represent twelve nationalities. News channels were discussing the possibility of food and medicine shortages in the event of a hard Brexit. The spray paint and the ripe mangoes in her luggage passed unnoticed. That evening, Shehab attended a dinner party thrown in her honor by Clare Cumberlidge, a contemporary-art curator. Shehab was in the middle of several art projects around England, including a ninety-foot mural that she would be working on the next morning in Lincoln, a university town in the East Midlands that had a sizable pro-Brexit constituency. The…