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The New Yorker May 11, 2020

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2 min.
contributors

Evan Osnos (“The Greenwich Rebellion,” p. 28) writes about politics and foreign affairs for the magazine. His book on China, “Age of Ambition,” won the National Book Award in 2014. Amy Davidson Sorkin (Comment, p. 11), a staff writer, is a regular contributor to Comment. She also writes a column for newyorker.com. Anthony Lane (“Because the Night,” p. 40; The Current Cinema, p. 68), a film critic for the magazine since 1993, is the author of the collection “Nobody’s Perfect.” Katherine Dunn (Fiction, p. 48), who died in 2016, is the author of “Attic,” “Truck,” and “Geek Love.” Her novel “Toad” will be published next year. Ed Roberson (Poem, p. 34) is the author of ten books of poetry. His new collection, “Asked What Has Changed,” is forthcoming in 2021. Adam Kirsch (Books, p. 64)…

3 min.
the mail

WHO IS MITCH McCONNELL? It is a testament to Jane Mayer’s peerless journalism that, in her article about Mitch McConnell, Mayer tries, again and again, to find someone who actually likes him (“Enabler-in-Chief,” April 20th). She searches for evidence that he possesses any warmth, compassion, integrity, or fairness. The fact that not one of his three daughters has anything to say about him, in the twilight of his life and in a piece revealing his true legacy, speaks volumes about the man. In Mayer’s withering profile, we come to see that McConnell wears a hard, closed shell, and that there is nothing inside. Tom SeigelWeston, Conn. PANDEMIC PROFITEERS Before picking up Nick Paumgarten’s article about the financial crisis caused by COVID-19, I was a mild-mannered mother of two, scanning the clearance section of JCrew.com…

20 min.
goings on about town: this week

MAY 6 – 12, 2020 Accessing Frieze New York usually requires a trip to Randall’s Island. This year, May 8-15, the contemporary-art fair is a mouse click or an app download away. (Visit frieze.com for specifics.) Among the offerings from some two hundred international galleries is the elegant 1969 photogram “Precincts” (above), by the septuagenarian Indian artist Nalini Malani. It was selected by the discerning Laura Hoptman, the director of New York’s Drawing Center, for a special section about trailblazers of the twentieth century. DANCE New York City Ballet City Ballet was one of the first American ballet companies to stream works from its archive during this crisis. Every Tuesday and Friday through May 29, it will broadcast ballets on its Web site at 8 P.M. (The streams remain online for three days.) On…

3 min.
tables for two: contrair

The other day, at around 6:45 p.m., an iPad lit up at Contrair, perhaps New York’s only brand-new restaurant. On it was takeout order 63627: one jerk chicken, one crab congee, one lamb birria. Contrair is run by Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske Valtierra, the chefs behind the Lower East Side tasting-menu spot Contra and Wildair, a natural-wine bar next door—well-loved restaurants that nail that rare hat trick of being impeccably cool, winningly laid-back, and culinarily thrilling. But at the beginning of April, with their dining rooms closed because of the coronavirus, and artful small plates far from people’s minds, Stone and von Hauske Valtierra decided that their gastronomic future lay, at least temporarily, in stews, grills, and braises, packaged to go. (Contrair’s portmanteau name doubles as a punning…

5 min.
comment: reopening arguments

The fatal confusion of the United States’ response to the coronavirus crisis is now moving to a more disjointed stage: the rush to reopen. Last week, as statewide stay-at-home orders began to expire, governors from Alabama to Missouri softened or declined to extend them. The new measures are a hodgepodge: Texas is allowing movie theatres to reopen, with some limits, but not gyms. Georgia allows both—and massage and tattoo parlors. Some of the steps seem influenced less by epidemiology than by industry lobbies and excessive attention paid to scattered protests. (Polls show that most Americans support closures.) The Attorney General, William Barr, has told prosecutors to look for and take action against “overbearing” restrictions. President Trump, who has left reopening decisions to the states, offering only loose guidelines, does not…

4 min.
dollars and cents: can’t-pay may

Two rent payments ago, Donald Trump announced what he termed some “really positive things” for millions of people who were nervous about evictions during the economic shutdown. “Landlords are going to take it easy!” he said. This was not rhetoric: Trump International Hotel, in Washington, D.C., soon asked for rent relief from its own landlord, the federal government, which has yet to announce a decision on whether to grant it. (Evictions continued apace at the real-estate firm owned by Jared Kushner.) Despite the news, rent was still due on April 1st for most American renters, and nearly a third of them couldn’t pay. More were expected to fall off the books for May. “I have seven hundred and seventy-three dollars in my bank account,” Winsome Pendergrass, a Jamaican-born domestic worker, said…