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The New Yorker August 1, 2016

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2 min.

Connie Bruck (“The Guantánamo Failure,” p. 34) has been a staff writer since 1989. She is the author of three books, among them “The Predators’ Ball.” Héctor Tobar (“Can Latinos Swing Arizona?,” p. 20) is a professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. He has published four books, including “Deep Down Dark,” about the trapped Chilean miners, and the novel “The Barbarian Nurseries.” Alice Gregory (“Body of Work,” p. 26) writes for the Times Book Review and is a contributing editor for T, the newspaper’s style magazine. Jonathan Alter (The Talk of the Town, p. 19), who has written two books about President Obama and one about Franklin D. Roosevelt, is at work on a biography of Jimmy Carter. Frank Viva (Cover) is an illustrator and a graphic designer, and has contributed to…

3 min.
the mail

JAILHOUSE SCHOOL OF LAW In 2011, I was sentenced to life without parole in New York State and am currently mounting a legal case to prove wrongful conviction. So I was heartened by Jennifer Gonnerman’s article on Derrick Hamilton, a jailhouse lawyer who succeeded in getting his own conviction overturned after more than twenty years of effort (“Home Free,” June 20th). It was my good fortune that Hamilton was the law clerk at the Auburn prison when I arrived. He taught me how to use the law library, how to obtain my legal certificate, and much more. Although I was not a member of his Actual Innocence Team, a group of prisoners who worked together to prove their innocence, I had many legal conversations with men who were. When Hamilton won…

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goings on about town

Disco’s revenge plot may be nearly complete (Justin Timberlake’s unctuous “Can’t Stop the Feeling” aside). The honeyed vocalists, street flautists, and psych guitarists of 79.5, who play Bowery Ballroom on July 30, roused the sound with a 2012 release, “Boogie”/“OOO,” which has been making the rounds ever since. The septet rocks and glints like New York Harbor’s Clipper City schooner—they’ve spent the summer performing from the boat’s deck, on sold-out night cruises from Battery Park to Red Hook. A throbbing new 45, “Terrorize My Heart,” lands on Sept. 16. NIGHT LIFE ROCK AND POP Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed Lou Reed died nearly three years ago, of liver cancer. Afterward, his wife, the avant-garde artist Laurie…

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Chances are you first noticed Corey Stoll in Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris,” from 2011, in which he played a hard-drinking, declarative-sentence-spouting Ernest Hemingway. (“It was a good book because it was an honest book, and that’s what war does to men.”) That scene-stealing part kicked off a prolific run for the forty-year-old character actor, who, in his various roles, has managed to meld decency with something more unsavory, whether machismo, addiction (as the alcoholic congressman Peter Russo, on “House of Cards”), or false charm (his Anderson Cooper-esque gay newscaster, on “Girls”). All that, and he’s done more for the sex appeal of bald men than anyone since Bruce Willis. Because he’s been so busy, Stoll has been missing from the stage for the past six years, after starting his…

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young master

Seeing an unfamiliar painting by Rembrandt is a life event: fresh data on what it’s like to be human. A remarkable case in point is “Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver” (1629), now on rare loan from a private collection in England to the Morgan Library, where it headlines the show “Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece,” augmented with drawings and prints. The artist completed it when he was twenty-three, still living in his native Leiden and sharing a studio with his friend Jan Lievens. When Constantijn Huygens, the secretary to the Prince of Orange, visited the studio, he declared Rembrandt’s picture equal to “all the beauty that has been produced throughout the ages.” In the smallish canvas, Judas kneels, writhing in anguish, amid a circle of elders in a busy temple. The…

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above & beyond

Animation Block Party The largest animation festival on the East Coast returns for its thirteenth year. In 2003—pre-YouTube— the event’s founder, Casey Safron, sought to create a space for students, amateurs, and enthusiasts to screen and share work, eventually hosting a small but official program near a friend’s East Williamsburg coffee shop. Soon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Rooftop Films offered support, and the event grew—it now averages around five thousand attendees. This year’s four-day festival features more than a hundred animated shorts, with styles ranging from C.G.I. to stop-motion. Past highlights have included pudgy farm animals nervously crossing a wooden bridge and rusty military jets dogfighting to the last shell; kid-friendly blocks are scheduled, but the form’s boundless possibilities are part of its appeal. (BAM Cinématek, 30 Lafayette Ave.,…