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The New Yorker June 29, 2020

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2 min.

Ruth Margalit (“Built on Sand,” p. 42) is a writer based in Tel Aviv. Hilton Als (“Homecoming,” p. 18), an associate professor of writing at Columbia University, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He will be a Presidential Visiting Scholar at Princeton University starting in the fall. Diana Ejaita (Cover) is an illustrator and a textile designer. She lives in Berlin and Lagos. Jelani Cobb (Comment, p. 13) teaches in the journalism program at Columbia University. Yi Lei (Poem, p. 36), a recipient of the Zhuang Zhongwen Literature Prize, died in 2018. “My Name Will Grow Wide Like a Tree: Selected Poems,” translated from the Chinese by Tracy K. Smith and Changtai Bi, will be out in November. John Seabrook (“Hands Off,” p. 24) has published four books. His latest is “The Song Machine.” Adam…

3 min.
the mail

THE TRUE IMPEDIMENTS TO RACIAL JUSTICE Nicholas Lemann’s thesis, which ends his review of Walter Johnson’s book “The Broken Heart of America,” is a warning: we should expect only “partial victories” when it comes to racial justice in America, and we ought to beware the likes of Johnson, who insists on “deflating and deriding” past progress (Books, May 25th). To Lemann, Johnson errs insofar as he “discourages us from drawing much hope” from the election of an African-American President, the passage of civil-rights legislation, or the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. But Johnson’s contribution—like much of the recent scholarship on racial capitalism—reveals the poison at the heart of these and other celebrated steps forward. The Thirteenth Amendment, for example, contains, in its liberating language, the legal justification for convict labor and…

20 min.
goings on about town: this week

JUNE 24 – 30, 2020 The latest record from HAIM, “Women in Music Pt. III,” has a slouchy, comfortable quality—as though the three sisters recorded it while lounging in the breeze, letting inspiration drift around them like dandelion seeds. The busy production of their previous work has been pared back to a crisp, easy buoyancy on upbeat tracks. Still, this apparent effortlessness doesn’t compromise emotional complexity; “Man from the Magazine” and “Hallelujah” are reflections on sexism and loss, made more powerful by the album’s carefree air. DANCE “Love from BAM” The collection of archived dance footage that the Brooklyn Academy of Music is making available online while its theatres are closed expands greatly on June 25, with the release of seven performances by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Chronologically, the selections range from…

3 min.
tables for two: bread to go

Keep your sourdough starter to yourself: I value the staff of life too highly to leave it to anyone but professionals, or at least savants. Luckily for me, in New York, bakers, professional and savant alike, have more than risen to the challenges of the past several months. In March, Bien Cuit, a bakery with locations in Cobble Hill and Crown Heights, launched an online store called Bien Cuit Provisions, offering its superlative breads and pastries, including crunchy-crusted rye ficelles and salted chocolate-buckwheat cookies, for delivery in much of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and for shipping nationwide. She Wolf Bakery, which is affiliated with the restaurants Diner and Marlow & Sons, and which, for my money, makes the best bâtards and miches in the city, has partnered with online purveyors such as…

5 min.
comment: how freedom came

When word circulated earlier this month that Donald J. Trump would resume his campaign rallies on June 19th, with an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the confluence of date and location suggested that his typically leaden-handed racial trolling had taken on new levels of nuance. On its face, the choice of Tulsa defies political logic. In the upcoming Presidential election, Oklahoma is neither in play (Trump currently holds a nineteen-point lead there) nor lucrative (it will deliver just seven electoral votes to the winner). By comparison, Trump trails Joe Biden by five points in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and eight points in Michigan—all states that have more electoral votes and are crucial to Trump’s reëlection hopes. But, when taken in conjunction with the date—June 19th, or Juneteenth, the informal holiday on which African-Americans…

4 min.
georgia postcard: field research

Corina Newsome, a twenty-seven-year-old graduate student in ornithology, studies threats to seaside sparrows that nest on the shore of southern Georgia. She has been avian-obsessed for six years, ever since she saw her first blue jay, during a college field course. She watches migrating flocks on weather radar like a sports fan watches a soccer match. Like many birders, she keeps lists on eBird, an online server, of the species she has seen (more than three hundred), and her own lists of those she hopes to see, but, unlike any other birder, she has released a remix, with new lyrics, of the Offset and Cardi B song “Clout,” called “Anything for the Count.” “Everybody wanna see Tits/Everybody wanna see Chicks,” she raps. “If I was you, I’d start my list.” Growing…