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The New Yorker April 6, 2020

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2 min.
contributors

Rachel Aviv (“Dancer in the Dark,” p. 32) is a staff writer and was a 2019 national fellow at New America. Siddhartha Mukherjee (“The One and the Many,” p. 18) is the author of “The Emperor of All Maladies,” for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is “The Gene.” Jiayang Fan (“The Friendship and Love Hospital,” p. 44) became a staff writer in 2016. Her reporting has appeared in The New Yorker since 2010. Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (Showcase, p. 42), a photographer, specializes in large-format color photos of New York City. He is the author of “Habitat 7,” “Coney Island,” and “Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: New York.” Sheila Heti (Books, p. 65) is the author of, most recently, “Motherhood.” She lives in Toronto. Chris Ware (Cover), an artist and a writer, published the…

3 min.
the mail

DISTURBING THE PEACE As was true for Peter Hessler, the Peace Corps was a formative experience in my life and helped make me the person that I am today (“Broken Bonds,” March 16th). During my posting in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I worked in community development from 1965 to 1967, the program showed me—a small-town idealist with no idea what to do with my life—that my vocation was to teach. Before I returned to the United States, a community leader told me that they never understood why we came there, why we stayed, and, now, why we were leaving. The truth is, I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself and to come home a better person. Learning Spanish and living abroad indisputably enhanced my fifty-year career in education. I am…

20 min.
goings on about town: this week

APRIL 1 – 7, 2020 Like all museums in New York City, MOMA is closed until further notice. But you can still see eighty-four thousand pieces from its collection online at MOMA.org. “All in One” (above), from 2016, is by the gifted photographer Aïda Muluneh, who left her native Ethiopia as a young child and later got her start taking pictures for the Washington Post. A decade ago, Muluneh returned home to Addis Ababa, where she divides her time between making art and her work as a photojournalist. MUSIC Selections to listen to online. Thomas Adès: “Adès Conducts Adès” CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL Thomas Adès wrote the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra for the pianist Kirill Gerstein, and the composer himself conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the work’s world première, last year. This live recording captures…

3 min.
tables for two: takeout and delivery

Last week, like many New Yorkers, I tried to support a few of the restaurants I love by ordering takeout and delivery. As of March 17, all restaurants in the city had been banned from serving customers in their dining rooms, and, though many had closed completely, some were scrambling to adapt, now with skeleton crews. I was impressed by the creativity of their fallback plans, and grateful to be eating food that afforded me fleeting respite from worry. But each meal felt like a distress signal from a marooned ship. Roberta’s, the beloved Bushwick pizzeria, delivered D.I.Y. meal kits: balls of oiled pizza dough with tomato sauce and mozzarella; fresh tagliatelle with oxtail ragù and gremolata bread crumbs. From Cote, an upscale Korean restaurant in the Flatiron district, I ordered…

5 min.
comment: unscientific method

On March 18th, researchers in France circulated a study about the promising experimental use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, in combination with azithromycin, an antibiotic, as a treatment for the disease caused by the coronavirus. The study was neither randomized nor peer-reviewed, and other scientists soon criticized its methodology. But Tucker Carlson, on Fox News, highlighted the work. The next day, President Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine’s “very, very encouraging early results.” He added, mentioning another unproven therapy, “I think it could be, based on what I see, it could be a game changer.” At a White House press briefing on March 20th, a reporter asked Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whether hydroxychloroquine could be effective in treating covid-19. “The answer is no,” Fauci said,…

4 min.
all hands on deck dept.: macgyvering

We need more ventilators. COVID-19 attacks the lungs; ventilators help you breathe when you’re no longer able to do so on your own. There are around a hundred and seventy thousand ventilators in the United States, but, according to worst-case estimates, some nine hundred and sixty thousand people will soon need one. “Ventilators are to this war what missiles were to World War II,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said recently. In this war, the civilians have not been rationing (see: empty toilet-paper aisles; the rush on oat milk; the L.A. Times headline “‘We’ve Never Sold Out of Pork Butt Before’”). But Rosie the Riveter isn’t gone—she’s just working from home. The other day, Bruce Fenton, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, posted a call for volunteers on the Web site Medium. He was leading…