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The New Yorker July 20, 2020

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2 min.

Sheelah Kolhatkar (“Dollar for Dollar,” p. 40), a staff writer, is the author of “Black Edge.” Henry Martin (Cartoon, p. 15), who died in June, was a contributor to The New Yorker for more than forty-five years. He also created “Good News/Bad News,” a daily syndicated newspaper cartoon. Patricia Marx (“Casual Everyday,” p. 24) is a staff writer. Her latest book, “You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time,” was illustrated by Roz Chast. Richard McGuire (Cover) is a multidisciplinary artist. Sarah Larson (The Talk of the Town, p. 16), a staff writer, has been contributing to the magazine since 2007. Saeed Jones (Poem, p. 44) is the author of the memoir “How We Fight for Our Lives,” which won the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction in 2019, and of the poetry…

3 min.
the mail

COVERING MINNEAPOLIS Reading Luke Mogelson’s impeccably reported account of the Minneapolis protests following George Floyd’s death was cathartic (“The Uprising,” June 22nd). I’m a reporter for WCCO-TV, the CBS station in Minneapolis, and was there with Mogelson during many of the events that occurred in the Third and Fifth Precincts. His piece crystallized for me, a white man, the “fundamentally unknowable” fear that Black protesters have of law enforcement. I will always remember the officer in riot gear who sprinted toward my photographer and me, rifle pointed, screaming repeatedly, “Get the fuck back!” After we turned a corner in a frightened retreat, the officer pursued us down half a block, and I wondered why he couldn’t treat us like human beings. Mogelson makes clear that what I felt in that moment…

20 min.
goings on about town: this week

JULY 15 – 21, 2020 With live dance performances mostly on pause, dancemakers have been pivoting to video in a hurry. This makes the Dance on Camera festival, now in its forty-eighth year, especially relevant. Streaming online July 17-20 (at dancefilms.org), it showcases short films, including Susan Misner’s powerful and timely “Bend,” and feature documentaries, such as Khadifa Wong’s “Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance” (above), which illuminates an often disrespected genre and a history as complex as that of race in America. MUSIC 6lack: “6pc Hot” R. & B. The singer-rapper 6lack often roots his minimal R. & B. in the sights and sounds of Atlanta, where he grew up. His new EP, “6pc Hot,” is a subtle ode to his city: its title is a nod to Atlanta chicken-wing joints, and its…

3 min.
tables for two: goldbelly

Before the pandemic, I had been slowly working my way through a list of New York restaurants so iconic that I was embarrassed to have never patronized them. High on the docket was Raoul’s, a bistro and celebrity magnet in SoHo that opened in 1975 and is best known, foodwise, for its burger au poivre: a brisket-blend patty encrusted in lightly crushed peppercorns, topped with a wedge of triple-cream Saint André cheese and a handful of salad (watercress, sliced cornichons, and red onion, dressed in vinaigrette), sandwiched in a challah bun, and served with a velvety au-poivre sauce. For a long time, it was available only at the bar, and in extremely limited quantities—first come, first served, and then it was gone. A couple of weeks ago, I finally ate the…

5 min.
comment: barr’s overreach

The cause of criminal-justice reform has been, in recent years, a welcome exception to the extreme polarization that has afflicted so much of our politics. Since 2008, the prison population has dropped in most parts of the country, in both red states and blue. It’s gone down sixteen per cent in Louisiana and twenty-two per cent in South Carolina, which is roughly similar to reductions in more liberal places, such as California (twenty-six per cent) and New York (twenty-one per cent). The fight against mass incarceration even engendered a brief moment of bipartisanship in Washington, in 2018, when Congress overwhelmingly passed, and President Trump signed, the First Step Act, which made modest improvements in federal sentencing practices. But this progress, at least at the federal level, has come to a halt.…

4 min.
on the hustings: right place, right time

One night in 1984, when Heath Eiden was sixteen, he found himself at the Hotel Meridien in San Francisco, in the campaign suite of Walter Mondale. This was during the Democratic National Convention. Consultants and congressmen milled around, wreathed in cigar smoke. Eiden, then a high-school junior from Minneapolis, was there with Mondale’s son Ted, as a volunteer. He was next to Mondale when the candidate took a call from Lane Kirkland, the head of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. (“You got it, Fritz”), and then announced to the room that he’d won enough delegates to secure the nomination. Eiden was bewitched. “The spirit left the road and jumped up into me,” he recalled. “Fritz Mondale, the last honest politician: he actually said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to raise your taxes.’” After Reagan beat Mondale…