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The New Yorker June 22, 2020

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2 min.

Elizabeth Alexander (“The Trayvon Generation,” p. 20) is a poet and the author of, most recently, the memoir “The Light of the World.” She is the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Kadir Nelson (Cover), an artist, won the 2020 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations for Kwame Alexander’s booklength poem, “The Undefeated.” Rachel Aviv (“Punishment by Pandemic,” p. 56), a staff writer, was a 2019 national fellow at New America. Ronald Wimberly (Sketchpad, p. 19) is the creator of the graphic novel “Prince of Cats” and the magazine LAAB. Scholastique Mukasonga (Fiction, p. 66), a Rwandan writer who lives in France, will publish her fourth book in English, the story collection “Igifu,” in September. Terrance Hayes (Poem, p. 68) is the author of “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin” and “To Float…

3 min.
the mail

LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Ben Taub’s account of Victor Vescovo’s extraordinary mission to reach the five deeps of the world’s oceans left me in awe (“Five Oceans, Five Deeps,” May 18th). I became concerned, however, about the implications that it may have for the future of private exploration. As one member of Vescovo’s motley crew puts it, the group’s accomplishment is akin to a “daily flight to the moon.” But a key difference is that the quest to put a man on the moon was not only a collective enterprise in spirit; it was also overseen by a national government. Though Vescovo’s willingness to collaborate with scientists is admirable, he admits that someone with a private submarine like his could become a “Bond villain,” capable of disrupting markets for profit or…

19 min.
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. JUNE 17 – 23, 2020 In 1990, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, one of America’s most important and emotionally eloquent contemporary artists—who died of AIDS-related causes, in 1996, at the age of thirty-eight—made a simple but radical piece: a pile of fortune cookies, free for the taking, which was replenished when it was depleted. This meditation on the sweetness of life and the inevitability of loss is being re-created by some thousand people worldwide through July 5; images are online at the Web sites of the Andrea Rosen and David Zwirner galleries. MUSIC Ambrose Akinmusire: “on the tender spot” JAZZ The trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire insures…

3 min.
tables for two: & sons

In her 1976 book, “The Taste of Country Cooking,” the late, great chef Edna Lewis wrote that, in her home town of Freetown, Virginia, a farming community founded by former slaves, “ham held the same rating as the basic black dress. If you had a ham in the meat house, any situation could be faced.” André Mack has a ham in the meat house, and then some. In January, Mack, a sommelier and winemaker who once ran the beverage program at Per Se, opened & Sons, a “ham bar,” in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, with a menu offering no fewer than ten different country hams, all sourced domestically, plus American-made wines (including bottles from his own label, Maison Noir, out of Oregon), cheeses, and other charcuterie. And then, just as he was…

6 min.
comment: american spring

Consider for a moment how the events of May 25th through June 9th—the days of democratic bedlam in the streets, bracketed by the death and the burial of George Floyd—would appear had they occurred in some distant nation that most Americans have heard of but might not be able to find on a map. Consider that, in the midst of a pandemic whose toll was magnified by government incompetence, a member of a long-exploited ethnic minority was killed by the state, in an act defined by its casual sadism. Demonstrators pour into the streets near the site of the killing, in a scene that is soon repeated in city after city. The police arrest members of the media reporting the story. The President cites a threat to law and order,…

6 min.
the bench: winning but losing

If you turn on your TV and see Benjamin Crump, it usually means that something terrible has happened. Crump is the go-to civil-rights attorney for families who have lost a loved one to police violence; he is often referred to as “the black Gloria Allred.” In 2012, after Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, in a suburb of Orlando, Martin’s family hired Crump, who is based in Tallahassee, to represent them. He made the rounds on cable news to talk about the case; shortly afterward, protests erupted in Florida. (Zimmerman was eventually acquitted.) Two years later, Crump took on another high-profile case, after Michael Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. (More protests; Wilson was never charged.) Now Crump is representing the family…