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The New Yorker March 30, 2020

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Peter Hessler (“Life on Lockdown,” p. 26) is a staff writer. His latest book is “The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution.” Jill Lepore (“Don’t Come Any Closer,” p. 22), a professor of history at Harvard, will publish “If Then” in September. Philip Montgomery (“Abundance of Caution,” p. 38), a photographer, has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 2015. In 2018, his work on the opioid epidemic won the National Magazine Award for feature photography. Doreen St. Félix (On Television, p. 65) is The New Yorker’s television critic. She has been a staff writer since 2017. Chris Ware (Comic Strip, p. 35) is a writer and an artist. His latest book, “Rusty Brown,” was published in the fall. W. S. Di Piero (Poem, p. 60) is the author of, most recently,…

3 min.
the mail

WEIMAR IN L.A. Alex Ross’s piece about German writers and composers who fled to Los Angeles during the Second World War is fascinating (“Exodus,” March 9th). He brings to life the émigrés’ sense of dislocation, dissatisfaction, residual despair—and their infighting. As Ross mentions, many were rescued by Varian Fry, who helped artists and intellectuals escape France in 1940 and 1941. Not mentioned in Ross’s account is Hiram Bingham IV, the U.S. vice-consul in Marseille, who, to the State Department’s great displeasure, worked alongside Fry. Bingham issued thousands of U.S. visas to refugees, including Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt, and ordinary people such as my mother and grandparents. He engineered the liberation of the German novelist Lion Feuchtwanger from Les Milles, the French concentration camp, by disguising him as a woman and then…

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goings on about town: this week

Though the opening of Catherine Deneuve’s latest film, “The Truth,” has been postponed, many of her most celebrated movies are available to stream on the Criterion Channel. In one of the best of them, François Truffaut’s macabre thriller “Mississippi Mermaid” (above), from 1969, she plays a mail-order bride who shows up at the Réunion Island estate of a wealthy planter (Jean-Paul Belmondo) with designs on his money. Truffaut transforms the crime drama into a desperate romance and a portrait of French social dysfunction. MOVIES A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Tom Hanks, starring in Marielle Heller’s new film as the singular Mr. Rogers, complete with cozy knitwear and matching homilies, not only re-creates every quirk of the character’s gestures and speech but prevents what could have been the mushiest of fables from sliding…

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tables for two: nom wah and the coronavirus restaurant shutdown

A few Saturdays ago, I was surprised to find at least a dozen people milling around outside Nom Wah Tea Parlor, taking pictures and waiting for tables. On any other weekend, I wouldn’t have batted an eye. Nom Wah, which celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year, has bragging rights as the oldest restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Situated on Doyers Street—a boomerang-shaped block once known as the Bloody Angle, for its history of gang killings—the dim-sum parlor is one of the neighborhood’s most popular destinations, especially among tourists, who line up for dumplings and “OG” eggrolls. But I was there just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking over the news, and Sinophobic paranoia was threatening Chinatown businesses across the country. The persistence of the crowd was likely due to the media savvy of…

5 min.
comment: opportunistic infections

Early last week, the Trump era—which defined itself by a lurid celebration of “alternative facts,” a contempt for science, and an assault on global institutions and the “administrative state”—came to an end. Regrettably, Donald Trump remains in office, but, at least for the moment, he appears to have ceded the argument: he cannot bend the harshest realities of the world to his fantasies. The aggressive and deadly coronavirus is unimpressed and unimpeded by the bluster of a con. Yet the prolonged process of Trump’s humbling, the time it took him to recognize the power of the global pandemic that has emptied our streets, has put untold numbers of Americans at risk. The disease now known as COVID-19 was first identified three months ago, in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Much like…

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local heroes: hungrytown

The new coronavirus has made all the easy stuff hard. The rules are shifting. Subways? Bad. Cabs? Murky. Mayor de Blasio says use them if you must and if you’re alone, but he banned shared rides for everyone but families and what he, strangely, called “real couples.” Takeout? The F.D.A. thinks the virus doesn’t spread through food. Other experts say maybe make some ramen. “New Yorkers are hungry,” Lenin Cerón said last week. Someone has to get them their food. Cerón is one of those people. He is a courier for Relay, a delivery company that has instituted a “contactless delivery” system, a vital real-time experiment in safely feeding the shut-in city. “I take this very seriously,”Cerón said. “When I get home, I have a bucket with soap and water, so…