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The New Yorker December 9, 2019

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2 min.

Dexter Filkins (“Blood and Soil in India,” p. 36), a staff writer, is the author of “The Forever War,” which won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Patricia Marx (“The Realer Real,” p. 22) is a staff writer. In January, she will publish “You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples,” illustrated by Roz Chast. Anthony Lane (“Ginmania,” p. 30; The Current Cinema, p. 78), a film critic for the magazine since 1993, is the author of the collection “Nobody’s Perfect.” Clare Sestanovich (Fiction, p. 62), a member of The New Yorker’s editorial staff, is working on a collection of short stories. Hua Hsu (Pop Music, p. 74) is a staff writer and a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, at the New York…

3 min.
the mail

LITTLE ENGLAND Isaac Chotiner, in his exploration of the United Kingdom’s problematic relationships with Europe and the Commonwealth, rightly emphasized the shift in the country’s global position during the mid-twentieth century—which resulted from its loss of empire and its struggle to establish a new identity for itself—as a reason for its current populist predicament (A Critic at Large, November 18th). I believe that the U.K.’s problems with Europe are also due to the demise of another feature of postwar British politics: the welfare state. Although the days of the sun never setting on the British Empire were over, we were nevertheless able to offer our citizens a social safety net that we hoped would be the envy of the world. The conservative political revolution of the nineteen-eighties, in both the U.K. and…

27 min.
goings on about town: this week

For the first few centuries of its existence, the Vienna Boys’ Choir performed only for the imperial court. Nowadays, the well-drilled ensemble, having traded its cadet uniforms for jaunty sailor suits, is more inclusive: its trebles hail from all over the world and entertain audiences on five continents. At the boys’ annual holiday concert at Carnegie Hall, on Dec. 8, they apply their plangent sound to a grab bag of holiday-themed tunes that include “Adeste Fideles,” “Let It Snow!,” “O Holy Night,” and other duly polished chestnuts. NIGHT LIFE Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Mary Halvorson The Stone at the New School Jimi Hendrix died too soon to win a MacArthur “genius” grant, but Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a similar penchant for extending…

3 min.
tables for two: angel indian

On a recent Sunday at Angel Indian, a new, mostly Punjabi restaurant in Jackson Heights, where the bill of fare happens to be meat-free, an epicure I had brought along for lunch declared that he didn’t much care for vegetarian Indian food. An hour and a half-dozen dishes later, I watched him jump up from the table to chase down a pair of women who had studied the menu taped to the front door before walking away, so he could urge them to return. Angel is a welcome entry into the classic genre of humble, family-run restaurants that don’t look like much but offer meals that inspire passionate allegiance. Before opening his own place, the chef, Amrit Pal Singh, cooked at two of the city’s best and most stylish Indian restaurants—Rahi,…

5 min.
comment: next steps

The Monday before Thanksgiving, Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to his congressional colleagues saying that, in effect, his work was done. The committee’s report on President Trump’s almost certainly impeachable dealings with Ukraine would be ready soon after the members returned from the holiday break. Schiff left open the possibility that more materials might “come to light,” but he emphasized that the evidence the committee found is “clear and hardly in dispute.” The public heard testimony from twelve witnesses, which was, in turn, stirring (Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman’s tribute to his immigrant father), gripping (Fiona Hill’s realization that the “irregular channel” in Ukraine policy was backed by the President), and absurd (repeated references to A$AP Rocky). The report will go to the House…

4 min.
big break dept.: the ramen circuit

For standup comedians, the Netflix special has become the brass ring. Ronny Chieng required ramen to reach his. The day before taping his first comedy set for Netflix (title: “Asian Comedian Destroys America!”), Chieng flew from New York, where he works as a correspondent for “The Daily Show,” to Los Angeles, and Ubered straight to Little Tokyo. “I’ve been trying to check out every ramen place on this street,” he said. He wore a crisp white T-shirt and a tweed blazer. He assessed the menu (laminated, slightly sticky) of a bare-bones Japanese restaurant, his preferred cuisine when on the road. “Usually, it’s an izakaya,” he said. “Otherwise, you end up eating American diner food, which—you can’t do that.” Like all good millennials, Chieng, who is thirty-four, has a side hustle: food…