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The New Yorker June 8-15, 2020

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Hua Hsu (“The Making of Americans,” p. 32), a staff writer, was a 2019 fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Emma Cline (“White Noise,” p. 48), the author of “The Girls,” will publish “Daddy,” a story collection, this year. Haruki Murakami (“Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey,” p. 40) has published fourteen novels in English, including “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle,” “1Q84,” and “Killing Commendatore.” Ottessa Moshfegh (“Brooklyn,” p. 57) has written five books of fiction, including, most recently, “Death in Her Hands,” which will be out this month. Matthew Klam (“Breaking Stride,” p. 29) first contributed to the magazine in 1993. He is the author of “Sam the Cat” and “Who Is Rich?” Melissa Ginsburg (Poem, p. 36), the author of the poetry collection “Dear Weather Ghost,” will publish…

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the mail

THE WALLS OF ROUND HILL Evan Osnos’s survey of how country-club Republicans have embraced Trumpism was brilliantly done (“The Greenwich Rebellion,” May 11th). Osnos makes their conversion to winner-take-all libertarianism seem so natural that one wonders whether the super-rich ever felt the need for, as John Kenneth Galbraith termed it, “a truly superior moral justification for selfishness.” Members of the older generation in Greenwich, Connecticut, who called the prominent resident Prescott Bush a “Ten Commandments man,” must have admired both his sense of decorum and his moral stature. In this vivid chronicle, the absence of religious congregations prompts one to wonder whether a turn away from faith has led members of the one per cent to usher in what Osnos calls “a vision of politics that forgives cruelty as the price…

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goings on about town: this week

JUNE 3 – 16, 2020 The theatre initiative the Homebound Project has been live-streaming batches of original short plays, written and shot in isolation, to benefit food-deprived children during the pandemic. The next edition, available June 3-7, includes the actors Diane Lane, Blair Underwood, and Ashley Park and the playwrights Bess Wohl, John Guare, and Michael R. Jackson, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama. The “Hamilton” star Phillipa Soo, above, will appear in a work by Clare Barron. Watch at homeboundtheater.org. MUSIC Essentially Ellington Festival JAZZ For twenty-five years now, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been throwing teen-agers into the lions’ den with the Essentially Ellington Festival competition, which asks high-school students to take on the challenging and elegant music of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and other classic big bands. This…

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tables for two: a drive-in grows in queens

The charmingly chintzy, seafoam-green, neo-Art Deco Bel Aire Diner, which was built in Astoria, Queens, in 1965, has been open all twenty-four hours of every single day since it was purchased, in 1996, by a Greek-American couple named Archie and Patty Dellaportas. In mid-March, when New York City’s restaurants were ordered to halt dine-in service, the Bel Aire did not skip a beat in offering takeout, which had long accounted for a sizable portion of its business. “We delivered when only pizza was delivered,” Kalergis (Kal) Dellaportas, Archie and Patty’s oldest son, who currently runs the place with his brother Peter, told me by phone the other day. “We were one of the first restaurants in Queens to sign up with Seamless.” Still, in the first few weeks of the pandemic,…

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comment: burning cities

There, yet again, were the flames. Before the furious conflagrations erupted in Minneapolis, the final weeks of May had already seemed like the answer to a grim math problem: What is the product of a crisis multiplied by a crisis? The official mortality count of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States swept toward a hundred thousand, while the economic toll had left forty million people out of work. It was difficult to countenance how so much misery could come about so quickly. But on Memorial Day we became video witnesses to the horrific death of George Floyd, at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. By Friday, the looted shops, the charred buildings and cars, the smoldering Third Precinct—these were evidence of what the world looks like when a…

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dept. of time travel: six feet under

From the high ridge in West Orange, New Jersey, where David Mansfield lives, you can see the towers of lower Manhattan on the horizon. Mansfield is a famous musician who plays violin, guitar, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, and Dobro, all of which he has in the basement studio of his ranch-style house on a quiet street. When asked if he went to Juilliard, he replied, “Well, I started touring with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue when I was nineteen, so…” (You can also see him fiddling on roller skates in Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate.”) He is soft-spoken and slim, with dark eyes and curly brown-and-gray hair. Both Mansfield and his wife, Maggie, fell ill with COVID-19 in March. She was sicker than he was, but neither needed to be hospitalized. When…