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The New Yorker November 4, 2019

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Raffi Khatchadourian (“The Burn List,” p. 42) has been a New Yorker staff writer since 2008. Carina Chocano (“Sweet Smell of Success,” p. 26) is a contributor to the Times Magazine and the author of “You Play the Girl,” which won a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Joshua Yaffa (“The Swamp,” p. 32) is a Moscow correspondent for the magazine. Ariel Levy (The Talk of the Town, p. 17), a staff writer since 2008, is the author of, most recently, the memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply.” Richard McGuire (Cover) is a multidisciplinary artist. Original pages of his comic “Here,” from 1989, are on display at the Morgan Library & Museum until February 2nd. T. R. Hummer (Poem, p. 49) has published two essay collections and thirteen books of poetry, including “Eon” and…

3 min.
the mail

MEANINGS OF “GILGAMESH” Joan Acocella, in her review of Michael Schmidt’s “Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem,” captures the timelessness of this ancient story (Books, October 14th). She points out that the poem has been studied for “only seven or eight” generations, as opposed to about a hundred and fifty for the Iliad and the Odyssey. The comparative recency of the scholarship, she writes, means that there is no “real tradition” for reading “Gilgamesh.” This may be true, but it is worth noting that, in Waldorf schools all over the world, fifth graders have been studying this epic as a standard part of the curriculum since the movement’s founding, in 1919. In my classroom, students read a version of the poem and, using Popsicle sticks as styluses, pressed wedge-shaped cuneiform into…

27 min.
goings on about town: this week

In 1994, Rachel Feinstein (pictured) cast herself as Sleeping Beauty, spending her nights (and days) inside a storybook house she built for a group show in lower Manhattan. Her sculptures remain fairy-tale fanciful, but their contexts have become higher profile: this summer, the artist unveiled a new work on the grounds of Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, England. On Nov. 1, the Jewish Museum opens “Maiden, Mother, Crone,” Feinstein’s first museum exhibition in the U.S. CLASSICAL MUSIC New York Philharmonic David Geffen Hall It’s hard to believe that neither the Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan nor the German violinist Julia Fischer has appeared with the New York Philharmonic in more than a decade. In the intervening years, both have built and burnished their reputations as some of the most sought-after and exciting performers in the classical…

3 min.
tables for two: llama san

In the U.S., eating beef heart may seem off-puttingly adventurous. Unlike, say, tripe, also known as stomach, the organ has no alias to hide behind; the diner must fully grapple with what it is. In Peru, eating beef heart—sliced into small pieces and grilled on a skewer, a preparation known as anticuchos—is as commonplace as eating a hot dog. Peruvians well know that the heart, cooked properly, is one of the most delicious parts of a cow, with a juicy texture and a clean beefy flavor similar to that of a hanger steak. To throw it away is wasteful not only in terms of sustainability but also in terms of pleasure. This is one reason to be grateful for Erik Ramirez, a chef born in New Jersey to Peruvian parents. He…

5 min.
comment: disorder in the house

By traditional civil-disobedience standards, the apparel of the protesters in the Capitol basement last Wednesday fell on the bespoke side. During the civil-rights movement, members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee favored overalls, in solidarity with the humble citizens whose rights were being denied. In 2017, women protesting the Inauguration of the nation’s most prominent misogynist were identifiable by the pink “pussy hats” they wore. By contrast, the thirty-some House Republicans—all of them white and all but a few male—who stormed a secure hearing room appeared less “We Shall Overcome” than “We Are Overcompensated.” The plan was to disrupt the deposition of Laura Cooper, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and an expert on Russia and Ukraine, who was to address a bipartisan group comprising members of the committees handling the…

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old west dept.: waiting for kanye

Wedding horror stories are a dime a dozen. But can anything beat having your wedding venue sold right out from under you, two weeks before the big day? Lance Arnold and Shyla Coleman, both registered nurses in Cody, Wyoming, found themselves in just this situation, when the ranch they’d planned to get married on was bought by Kanye West. For seven months they’d been organizing a September wedding in a barn, in the middle of a four-thousand-acre fishing property known as Monster Lake Ranch, where Lance’s father, Mike, worked as a caretaker. Then, the ranch’s owner suddenly sold the place to West. (The asking price was fourteen million dollars.) After an initial panic, the couple learned that West was keeping Mike Arnold on the payroll; perhaps, with a little diplomacy, the…