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The New Yorker December 2, 2019

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1 min.

Amanda Petrusich (“Ecstasy and Ruin,” p. 34) is a staff writer and the author of “Do Not Sell at Any Price.” Gahan Wilson (Cartoon, p. 18), who died in November, contributed to The New Yorker for more than forty years. His many books include “Gahan Wilson’s Out There,” a collection of cartoons, which came out in 2016. Jennifer Gonnerman (“The Interview,” p. 42) became a staff writer in 2015. She is the author of “Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett.” Brian Barth (“The Defector,” p. 26) is a journalist based in Toronto. His work has appeared in the Washington Post and National Geographic, among other publications. Roddy Doyle (Fiction, p. 54) will publish a new novel, “Love,” in June, 2020. Sophie Cabot Black (Poem, p. 38) has written three collections of…

3 min.
the mail

RADICAL INJUSTICE Adam Hochschild, in his piece about America’s deportation of radicals, a hundred years ago, points out that the “most violent anarchists were largely Italian-American” (“Obstruction of Injustice,” November 11th). He cites an attack on Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, the perpetrator of which is presumed to have been Carlo Valdinoci, who was associated with a cell of anarchists in New Britain, Connecticut. As a counterpoint to the example of Valdinoci, my greatuncles, Joseph and Erasmo Perretta, lived in New Britain during that time of anti-immigrant fervor. The brothers were accused of murder in June, 1918; convicted, after forty-two minutes of deliberation, in October; and hanged, after lost appeals, on June 27, 1919. The Hartford Courant reported that because “both [were] anarchists” the state did not require “a decided motive…

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goings on about town: this week

The New York-born playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis writes in tender, funny strokes about the loud-mouthed and the down-and-out, from Rikers Island inmates (“Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train”) to a retired cop (the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Between Riverside and Crazy”). His new play, “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,” in previews at the Atlantic Theatre Company, is set in a women’s halfway house. John Ortiz directs a cast featuring (from left to right) Liza Colón-Zayas, Elizabeth Canavan, and Elizabeth Rodriguez. ART “Garry Winogrand: Color” Brooklyn Museum Winogrand once defined a photograph as “what something looks like to a camera.” Keep that in mind when viewing this fiercely pleasurable, if somewhat flawed, show, consisting mainly of hundreds of digitally projected Kodachrome slides, most from the nineteen-sixties. Winogrand, the all-time champion of street photography, died in 1984, at…

3 min.
tables for two: il fiorista

The other night at Il Fiorista, a new restaurant in NoMad, a burly, bearded, and surprisingly poetic server caught a request for a cocktail recommendation and dived for the end zone. “This one’s like running down sunlit streets in Tuscany and throwing confetti in the air,” he said. “And that one’s like getting into a new car and driving through smoky hills with citrus turns.” Il Fiorista (“the florist,” in Italian) is not a subtle place. Well into November, a large potted hydrangea tree sat on the sidewalk beside the entrance. Inside, diners are met by an enormous table topped with a towering arrangement of budding branches, plus botanical-themed products and bouquets for sale. Both food and drinks follow suit, with almost every dish and cocktail featuring some combination of leaves, herbs,…

5 min.
comment: in the loop

On July 29, 1986, at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Vice-President George H. W. Bush met with Amiram Nir, a counterterrorism adviser to the Israeli government. Nir briefed Bush in detail about the latest doings in a shadow foreign-policy scheme authorized by President Ronald Reagan. With Israel’s help, the United States had secretly sent arms to Iran, in the expectation that American hostages held by Iranian proxies in Lebanon would be released. Reagan had pledged never to negotiate with terrorists, yet Bush had endorsed the operation and, according to a retired Air Force general who was involved in it, was “very attentive, very interested” in Nir’s update. That November, news broke about what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal, which eventually led to the indictments of fourteen Administration officials.…

4 min.
dearly departed: five friends

One recent Wednesday, the lunchtime patrons of Marea, on Central Park South, had the opportunity to do four double takes in a row, as Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Glenn Close, and Whoopi Goldberg swanned in, one by one, and sat at a corner booth. It was a reunion of sorts, or, as Nixon called it, “a bittersweet treat.” Five years ago on that day, the four had gathered at the restaurant to celebrate with the director Mike Nichols on his eighty-third birthday. It turned out to be his last: he died two weeks later, after a heart attack. “We were sitting just there,” Baranski said, pointing. “It was the four ladies of 1984.” She was referring to the year that Baranski, Close, and Nixon starred in the Tom Stoppard comedy “The…