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The New Yorker April 27, 2020

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2 min.
contributors

Luke Mogelson (“Abandoned,” p. 32), a contributor to The New Yorker since 2013, is the author of the short-story collection “These Heroic, Happy Dead.” This piece was supported by the Pulitzer Center. Rivka Galchen (“The Longest Shift,” p. 20) has published four books. Her latest, the children’s novel “Rat Rule 79,” came out last year. Nathan Heller (The Talk of the Town, p. 19), a staff writer since 2013, is at work on a book about the Bay Area. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Fiction, p. 54) is the author of “Madeleine Is Sleeping” and “Ms. Hempel Chronicles.” Her new story collection, “Likes,” will come out in September. Tomer Hanuka (Cover) is an illustrator who works in film and television. This is his fifth cover for the magazine. Sophie Cabot Black (Poem, p. 38) has written three…

3 min.
the mail

HOW TO SEE VELÁZQUEZ Peter Schjeldahl eloquently examines how the world’s shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead us to view art and museums differently (The Art World, April 13th). His discussion of the value of museums reminds me of a comment that Holden Caulfield makes in J. D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye.” Holden says that the best thing about the Museum of Natural History was that “everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move…. Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.” The museum’s static environment is a comfort to Holden as the rest of his life largely evades control. Let us hope Schjeldahl is right when he says that, once the crisis ends, art “may even induce us to consider, however briefly,…

19 min.
goings on about town: this week

APRIL 22 – 28, 2020 This spring, the pianist Jeremy Denk was supposed to present a three-part series on Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” in WQXR’s Greene Space, in downtown Manhattan, but, with the city locked down, he is recording it at his home in the Catskills instead. It’s “a place where I pretend to garden and farm as best I can,” he said in the introduction to the April 7 concert, before weaving together preludes and fugues with his own perspicacious commentary. The next installment, on April 27, streams on Denk’s and WQXR’s Facebook pages. ART The Frick Collection Why does the art of what we term the Old Masters have so much more soulful heft than that of most moderns and nearly all of our contemporaries? I think the reason is a routine consciousness…

3 min.
tables for two: junzi kitchen’s distance dining

Last December, well before the pandemic, a Greenwich Village restaurant called Lucky Lee’s closed, after less than a year in business. Its opening had been followed by deserved public outrage over its marketing campaign—Lucky Lee’s proprietor, an influencer-type nutritionist, claimed that the restaurant’s Chinese food was different from the rest in that it was “clean” and “healthified.” Chinese food has long been misunderstood in this country, and the coronavirus hasn’t helped. Bigots have perpetuated an unsubstantiated claim that the virus arose from a wet market in Wuhan. “They have these markets where they were eating raw bats and snakes,” said the Fox News anchor Jesse Watters on air. “They are very hungry people.” Anti-Chinese sentiment is surging as our own President has assigned the virus a nationality. This troubles Lucas Sin,…

5 min.
comment: wide world

Last week, a flurry of widely shared articles noted that a number of countries deemed to be doing well in the fight against the novel coronavirus have something in common: they are led by women. Whether this observation is meaningful is hard to say; the countries in question are disproportionately small, wealthy, Scandinavian, and, not incidentally, providers of universal health care. But the idea had social-media appeal: could female leaders be, as the Guardian put it, the world’s “secret weapon”? And, if so, why? Speculation ranged from the sociological (women have to be more competent in order to gain power) to the dubiously gendered (they are good at “love”). And there was some wistfulness: what if, at this juncture, there were a woman in the White House, and Donald Trump…

4 min.
pitching in: golden needles

In the pandemic economy, face masks are like bars of gold. Hoarders are hoarding them. Governors are bartering for them. Hospital workers desperately need them. New Yorkers, ordered by Governor Cuomo last week to cover their faces in public, are repurposing bandannas and boxer shorts. In Rosie the Riveter fashion, Americans with crafting skills—among them quilters, Broadway seamstresses, sportswear manufacturers, origami artists, and grandmothers—have sprung into action. But one group has special mask-making powers: cosplayers, the superfans who specialize in making and wearing costumes. Never has the ability to whip up a Spider-Man mask or a Stormtrooper helmet been so useful. “Cosplayers have big hearts,” Monica Paprocki, a thirty-five-year-old accountant in Chicago, said. Paprocki, who runs the fandom site Geeks A Gogo, started cosplaying in 2014 and taught herself how to…