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The New Yorker November 16, 2020

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2 min.

Evan Osnos (“The Violent Style,” p. 30) writes about politics and foreign affairs for the magazine. His latest book, “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now,” came out in October. Yiyun Li (“Make My House Your Inn,” p. 26), a winner of the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prize, is the author of, most recently, the novel “Must I Go.” Colin Channer (Poem, p. 42) teaches at Brown University in the Department of Literary Arts. His books include the poetry collection “Providential” and the novella “The Girl with the Golden Shoes.” Rebecca Curtis (Fiction, p. 50) has written the story collection “Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money.” Pascal Campion (Cover), an illustrator, is a production designer for animation studios in Southern California. Naomi Fry (On Television, p. 74), who became a staff…

3 min.
the mail

THE CURATOR’S DILEMMA Peter Schjeldahl provides a nuanced look at the postponement of the artist Philip Guston’s exhibition—which had been scheduled to go up at four major art museums—because of its depictions of Klansmen (The Art World, October 19th). And yet this moment requires more than a nostalgia for the days of “tolerance for uncongenial expression.” The problem is with discourse itself: liberal values such as open debate and artistic license have been short-circuited. The clash with fascism is not a difference of opinion that can be hashed out with mutual respect. Guston’s swastika and Ku Klux Klan imagery meant something very different just four years ago, before the election of Donald Trump, who has abetted white supremacists. Better not to show the paintings at all than to give such people…

19 min.
goings on about town: this week

NOVEMBER 11 – 17, 2020 The Film Foundation, launched by Martin Scorsese in 1990, is dedicated to the restoration of acknowledged classics and great rarities alike. An ongoing series of its offerings on the Criterion Channel begins, this month, with thirty movies, including Ida Lupino’s film noir “The Bigamist,” Shirley Clarke’s jazz-centric metafiction “The Connection,” Med Hondo’s drama “Soleil Ô,” about race relations in France, and Lino Brocka’s political melodrama “Insiang” (pictured above), set in a slum neighborhood in Manila. MUSIC Busta Rhymes: “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God” HIP-HOP In 1998, with Y2K on the horizon, the raucous New York City rapper Busta Rhymes considered a potential apocalypse on the album “E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front,” his manic delivery selling the foreboding sense of dread that sometimes comes…

3 min.
tables for two: jeepney

Last December, the restaurateur Nicole Ponseca closed Maharlika, the first of two East Village restaurants with which she almost single-handedly brought Filipino food into the Manhattan mainstream. Maharlika was beloved for brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict with Spam and calamansi hollandaise, but Ponseca, having parted ways with her longtime executive chef, decided to streamline her business. It was a fortunate choice; better to have one restaurant than two during a pandemic. At Jeepney, her second (and now only) place, she adapted deftly to outdoor dining, met an increased demand for takeout, and then, last month, launched one of the smartest and most gratifying pandemic projects I’ve seen: Tita Baby’s Kita Kits. Every Friday, Jeepney—sometimes Ponseca herself—will deliver, to Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and parts of northern New Jersey (which…

13 min.
comment: the biden prospect

American democracy was on the ballot on Election Day, and although American democracy appears to have won, an occasion of immense relief, the margin of victory should not be exaggerated. As we went to press late Friday night, Joe Biden had overtaken Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia, and final victory, while not yet confirmed, seemed imminent. Biden, who was running four million votes ahead in the popular vote, looked likely to become the forty-sixth President of the United States. Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of a Black father and an Indian-American mother, would make history as Biden’s Vice-President. Donald Trump, who will finish out his term as the most cynical character ever to occupy the Oval Office, was mendacious to the last, claiming victory before the ballots were…

5 min.
wilmington report: parking lot

The Wilmington sky was a limitless black, and an American flag that looked forty feet tall was billowing between two construction cranes. It was Election Night, and Joe Biden was scheduled to speak in a parking lot behind the Chase Center. Attendance inside the lot was invitation-only, and people were expected to stay in their cars. They’d been lining up for hours, presumably keeping warm. Outside the parking-lot fence and next to a mini-mall, about thirty journalists and a ragtag group of citizens were gathered, shivering, huddled over smartphones, watching the results come in and not come in. Von Michael Todd, a math professor at Delaware Tech, was wearing a mask bearing Pac-Man’s workplace, the blue labyrinth. “This is my city!” he said. “When do we ever have a Presidency in…