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The New Yorker January 20, 2020

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David Rohde (“Sword and Shield,” p. 32) is an executive editor of newyorker.com. His new book, “In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth About America’s ‘Deep State,’” will be published in April. Elizabeth Flock (“A Violent Defense,” p. 20), a journalist and a documentary filmmaker, is the author of “The Heart Is a Shifting Sea.” This piece was supported by the Pulitzer Center. Kelefa Sanneh (“Exit Music,” p. 28) is a staff writer. Robin Wright (Comment, p. 15), a distinguished fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has covered the Middle East since 1973 and has written several books on Iran. Campbell McGrath (Poem, p. 50) is the author of, most recently, “Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems.” Diana Ejaita (Cover) is an illustrator and a textile designer based in…

3 min.
the mail

NOTES ON ENDINGS I am grateful to Peter Schjeldahl for his beautiful, brave, honest essay about confronting the end of his life (“77 Sunset Me,” December 23rd). I don’t usually cry while reading The New Yorker. But I have so enjoyed Schjeldahl’s encounters with art—the experience, the conversation, the writing. I don’t feel as if I am losing a friend, exactly; it’s more like losing someone I used to run into regularly, who always had thoughtful things to say and opinions to share. A childish part of me expected this critic’s voice to remain ever present. Oracles are not supposed to die. They are supposed to go on spouting wisdom eternally. I wish Mr. Schjeldahl and his family the best. Michele RabkinOakland, Calif. Schjeldahl, reflecting on forty-six years with his wife, Brooke, writes,…

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goings on about town: this week

With female rage being reconsidered as both a political tool and a cultural trope, what better time to revisit the original angry woman? In a new adaptation of Euripides’ “Medea,” written and directed by Simon Stone (“Yerma”), Rose Byrne plays the vengeful barbarian who takes extraordinary measures to punish her unfaithful husband, played by Byrne’s real-life partner, Bobby Cannavale. The production, which originated at Internationaal Theatre Amsterdam, plays at BAM’s Harvey Theatre Jan. 12-Feb. 23. CLASSICAL MUSIC SongStudio Carnegie Hall As part of Renée Fleming’s second career as an arts adviser and advocate, the famed singer helms SongStudio, a series of master classes and talks focussed on the art of song. This year’s instructors include Elīna Garanča and Fleming herself; Fleming also hosts talks with the soprano Julia Bullock and the songwriter Gabriel Kahane,…

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tables for two: the hihi room

The other day, outside the Lululemon on Smith Street, a woman wearing pearls spoke excitedly into her cell phone, which she was holding as though it were a walkie-talkie. “I guess Brooklyn is a hotter neighborhood now,” she declared. Cobble Hill has been hit hard, in recent years, by an influx of chain stores and the people who chase them. The Chipotle on Court Street sends shivers down the spine. And yet hope springs eternal at the HiHi Room, a promisingly off-kilter new restaurant from Eric Finkelstein and Matt Ross, the RISD-grad duo behind Court Street Grocers, an understatedly exceptional sandwich shop that opened in adjacent Carroll Gardens a decade ago and now has four locations and its own line of (delicious) bottled sodas. Their first full-service place broadcasts their unmistakable…

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comment: consequences

On September 19, 1983, during Lebanon’s long civil war, the Reagan Administration ordered Marine peacekeepers in Beirut to open fire on Muslim militias in the mountains overlooking the city. The marines had been deployed for more than a year, after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, to help hold together one of the world’s most fractured states. Colonel Tim Geraghty, their commander, warned that an attack would cost the United States its neutrality and its mission; nevertheless, U.S. ships fired more than three hundred rounds of seventy-pound shells. Geraghty later wrote, “As the sun set at the end of a tumultuous day, I remarked to members of my staff that my gut instinct tells me the Corps is going to pay in blood for this decision.” On October 23rd, a suicide bomber…

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dept. of wormholes: two harveys

Imagine, if you will, an alternate universe in which Harvey Weinstein’s picture is on the front page of the Post beneath a lurid headline. Sounds a lot like our universe. Except: in the alternate universe, it is Weinstein who is the victim of a shocking, horrendous crime, as opposed to being the reviled figure currently on trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, facing multiple counts of rape and sexual assault. Bizarre, yes? But what if we told you that this alternate universe actually existed, and that it was called … 1993. That was the year Harvey Weinstein was kidnapped and held for two weeks, while his captors demanded millions of dollars in ransom. The twist: this Harvey Weinstein was an entirely different, non-disgraced Harvey Weinstein, one who never waged an…