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The New Yorker June 1, 2020

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2 min.

Ariel Levy (“Looking for Trouble,” p. 40), a staff writer since 2008, is the author of, most recently, the memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply.” Adam Gopnik (“The Empty Couch,” p. 16) became a staff writer in 1986. His books include “A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism.” Rivka Galchen (Books, p. 60) has published four books. Her latest, the children’s novel “Rat Rule 79,” came out last year. Kyle Mooney (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 21) has been a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” since 2013. Carrie Battan (Pop Music, p. 68) began contributing to the magazine in 2015 and became a staff writer in 2018. Vijay Seshadri (Poem, p. 32) won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his collection “3 Sections.” His new book, “That Was Now, This Is Then,”…

3 min.
the mail

JUST THE TICKET I thoroughly enjoyed Anthony Lane’s ode to night trains (“Because the Night,” May 11th). I had the pleasure of riding the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Istanbul to Paris last summer, and thus feel compelled to contest Lane’s clever swipe at the types of passenger many believe to be on board this luxurious locomotive. I had a twin cabin; though expensive, it did not have the thirty-seven-thousand-dollar ticket price of the Cabin Suite. And, happily, my conversations consisted of topics much more interesting than the “same anecdote, from the same retired fund manager, all the way across a continent.” Far from being loathsome fat-cat financiers, many passengers had saved for years to take this trip of a lifetime, just as I did. They ran the gamut from two longtime friends…

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goings on about town: this week

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, New York City museums, galleries, theatres, music venues, and cinemas have closed. Here’s a selection of culture to be found online and streaming. MAY 27 – JUNE 2, 2020 Wave Hill, the twenty-eight-acre horticultural gem in the Bronx, is closed temporarily, but its public programs continue. On Sunday mornings through July 26, it hosts Zoom yoga classes taught by Susie Caramanica (pictured), from her home in the Hudson Valley. Registration is required on wavehill.org, where visitors can also download thirty virtual landscapes to use as Zoom backgrounds. Practice lotus pose in an aquatic garden, or perfect tree pose under a canopy of cherry blossoms. DANCE JoyceStream: Signe Roderik Most dance offerings online have been performances and classes, but dance films are also becoming newly available.…

3 min.
tables for two: frozen foods for the win

At a moment when the future feels precarious, there is one thing that reliably brings me a sense of stability. Whenever the mood strikes, and with minimal effort, I can enjoy any of the following: steaming, slippery-skinned xiao long bao, also known as soup dumplings, from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, a Flushing restaurant that makes some of the best in the city; warm, craggy butter-crunch cookies from the Good Batch, a Brooklyn bakery known for its ice-cream sandwiches; flaky, coiled burek (a pastry popular in the Balkans, Turkey, and Israel) stuffed with cheese or ground beef, hand-rolled by Balkan Bites, a two-woman outfit that normally sells them at coffee shops and the Queens Night Market. All are indefinitely stored in my freezer. As we hang in the balance, awaiting a…

5 min.
comment: safer schools

On a time line of the coronavirus crisis, Sunday, March 15th, is listed as the date when New York City’s public schools were ordered closed, but that’s not quite how things went. Earlier that day, Mayor Bill de Blasio had said that schools should remain open, despite teachers’ unions and public-health experts asking him to close them. As a result, little planning had been done, and students and parents went to schools throughout the week to pick up laptops and learning materials left behind the previous Friday. Until at least that Thursday, teachers were required to come in for group training sessions, where some learned of colleagues who were already sick with covid-19. As schools across the country think about how they might reopen, that disorderly week in New York City’s…

4 min.
scare tactics: grim

Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney in Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida’s panhandle, was supposed to be on vacation in Spain, with his wife and children, in March. But after the pandemic forced him to cancel his trip he went, on March 5th, to a local Sherwin-Williams store to buy masks. Seeing that the store also sold coveralls for painting in—“They look like hazmat suits,” Uhlfelder said—he grabbed one of those as well. “I bought it out of precaution. I didn’t know how bad the pandemic would get.” Shortly thereafter, Uhlfelder, who is forty-seven, was distressed to discover that caution wasn’t universal. “There were wall-to-wall spring breakers on the beach,” he said. “I thought, What am I going to do about it?” His schedule was open. First, he put on the paint suit…