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The New Yorker August 22, 2016

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Lizzie Widdicombe ( “Family First,” p. 24) is a New Yorker writer and an editor of The Talk of the Town. Siddhartha Mukherjee (“The Chase,” p. 32) has published three books, including “The Emperor of All Maladies,” for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, and, most recently, “The Gene: An Intimate History.” Alexis Okeowo (The Talk of the Town, p. 21) is a staff writer and a fellow at New America. Cora Frazier (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 31) has contributed humor pieces to the magazine since 2012. She is working on a novel. Lynn Melnick (Poem, p. 42), the author of the collection “If I Should Say I Have Hope,” serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Mitch Epstein (Showcase, p. 45) is an award-winning photographer whose new series of photographs,…

3 min.
the mail

SYRIA’S ASSAULT ON MEDICS Ben Taub’s article vividly depicts the unconscionable violence that the Syrian regime is inflicting on those who provide medical services in conflict areas (“The Shadow Doctors,” June 27th). Indeed, since his article appeared, the regime has stepped up violent assaults on hospitals in Aleppo and elsewhere, including, recently, a pediatric hospital. I learned about these experiences through interviews with more than two dozen doctors supported by the Syrian American Medical Society. They spoke about the terror of having to perform surgery during a bombing, the need to conceal their work if detained by security forces, for fear of execution, and the appalling risks that the sick and the injured face when seeking aid. The doctors could understand the regime’s twisted motives for targeting them. What they could…

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goings on about town: this week

The final weeks of summer are packed with worthy options for outdoor moviegoing. Socrates Sculpture Park, in Queens, will show “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (Aug. 17), Werner Herzog’s fierce tale of a quest for El Dorado. Rooftop Films, in Brooklyn, presents Kris Avedisian’s independent drama “Donald Cried” (Aug. 19), and St. Mary’s Park, in the Bronx, features Vincente Minnelli’s 1943 musical “Cabin in the Sky” (Aug. 20). Coney Island Flicks on the Beach concludes its season on Aug. 22 with Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS IN TOWN Mostly Mozart Aug. 16-17 at 7:30: Joshua Bell, an effortlessly stylish purveyor of standard repertory, returns to the festival, playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major on a program with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra which also features Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer…

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subject to change

In 1963, Bruce Conner decided to find himself. He was back in San Francisco, after a year in Mexico documenting his search for mind-altering mushrooms (Timothy Leary has a flickering cameo in the resulting short film). But this wasn’t just any Beat-era soul-searching: Conner wanted to invite every living Bruce Conner to attend a convention. The plan went unrealized—like many conceptual pranks of the period, it was unrealizable—but he did mail Christmas cards to some of his namesakes, along with a pair of campaign-style buttons, a green one that read “I Am Not Bruce Conner” and a contrary red one, “I Am Bruce Conner.” Both facts were true for every man who opened the envelope. The buttons and the ecstatic film collage “Looking for Mushrooms” are among some two hundred and…

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out of the box

The new five-disk set “Pioneers of African-American Cinema” (Kino Classics) is a landmark in the history of the art form, especially for its collection and restoration of eight features and one short by Oscar Micheaux—much of the director’s surviving work. (Most of his forty features have been lost, and others have, until now, circulated in poor copies.) Micheaux wasn’t the first black filmmaker, but he was the first black auteur, whose body of work developed his themes and his artistry in the course of his long career, which ran from 1918 to 1948. The entrepreneurial Micheaux had his own production company, and he made most of his films under its aegis. His movies were shown mainly in predominantly African-American neighborhoods and often attracted large audiences, but they nonetheless went generally…

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above & beyond

Never Sleep Alone The travelling performance troupe Spiegelworld hosts this interactive show, which is part theatre, standup comedy, and group therapy session. Dr. Alex Schiller, an author and sexual evangelist, brings her “Never Sleep Alone” presentation to New York after closing out a threenight stand at Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas, this February, a rich site for her offbeat yet on-thenose discussions of modern courtship: “I found it interesting that people who have no fear of dancing topless, juggling chainsaws, or dealing with hundreds of a-holes a day were afraid to hold hands with a stranger,” she said recently. Schiller’s show calls upon attendees to loosen their inhibitions, with the audience divided into Voyeurs and Singles—only the Singles are asked to make out with a neighboring patron, though everyone is required…