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The New Yorker December 12, 2016

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2 min.

Robin Wright (“After the Islamic State,” p. 30), a joint fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has been covering the Middle East since 1973. Larissa MacFarquhar (“Out and Up,” p. 54), a staff writer, is the author of “Strangers Drowning,” which is out in paperback. Jennifer Gonnerman (“Bronx Tale,” p. 36) became a staff writer in 2015. She received the 2016 Front Page Award for Journalist of the Year from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. George Booth (Sketchbook, p. 59) has been a New Yorker cartoonist since the nineteen-sixties. “About Dogs” is one of his many books. Alexis Okeowo (“The Away Team,” p. 42) is a staff writer and a fellow at New America. Louis Menand (A Critic at Large, p. 78) has written…

3 min.
the mail

AFTERSHOCKS That was quite an assemblage of articulate voices you brought together to respond to Trump’s election (“Aftermath,” November 21st). None of the sixteen writers, however, represented the perspective of either an active- duty service member or a veteran. Combined, we number more than twentyone million, nearly ninety-four per cent of us veterans. Many of us are concerned about a Trump Presidency, which will directly affect our benefits and our health care. We worry, too, about the threat of even more sabrerattling and war waging, the burden of which will be borne by our children and grandchildren. Our nation has had other Commanders- in-Chief who have not served in the military. But none of them, I daresay, invoked five draft deferments during a war (Vietnam), when each and every time another…

40 min.
goings on about town

Andrew Bird whistles well enough to consider the skill an instrument, implying that words can get in the way. “You used to be so willfully obtuse, or is the word ‘abstruse?’ ” he asks on the title track to his latest album, “Are You Serious.” “Semantics like a noose, get out your dictionary.” Bird, who performs at Carnegie Hall on Dec. !", has excelled at such skull-chipping lines throughout his twenty-year career. And a lifetime of violin playing has trained his ear for melodies that ground his lyrics and jostle them into flight. CLASSICAL MUSIC OPERA Metropolitan Opera Plácido Domingo more or less gets carte blanche when it comes to choosing his roles at the Met, and this season the beloved Spanish tenor continues his vocal descent into baritone territory as the king o!…

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movies whorled series

WITH HIS SPECTACULAR production numbers in “42nd Street,” from 1993, Busby Berkeley resuscitated the musical genre. Lesser directors had been filming songand-dance scenes with a dull, stage-bound fidelity; Berkeley—the subject of a Film Forum series Dec. 7-15—turned them into extravagant fantasies that could only be realized on film. He gathered hordes of dancers into erotically charged formations and undulations visible only to the cameras that he perched high overhead. He filled huge soundstages with gigantic mobile sets and props to achieve wondrous transformations; he unfolded grand melodramas and sly sex comedies in jazz-dance pantomimes that relied on space-bending and eye-tricking editing. When, in 1934, the musical reached new heights of popularity thanks to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, whose dance scenes lacked camera e4ects, Berkeley began to film dance solos…

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dance the not too hard nut

THIS YEAR IS the twenty-fifth anniversary of “The Hard Nut,” Mark Morris’s version of “The Nutcracker.” (It plays at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 14-18.) In that quarter century, almost all the original 1991 cast members have gone on to other jobs, other lives, or at least other roles in “The Hard Nut.” (Morris, originally the party guest who kept getting his leg humped by the Stahlbaums’ hormonal teen-age daughter, Louise, is now Dr. Stahlbaum.) Only one person from the starting lineup remains in place, and appropriately—since that character seems, from the curtain-call decibels, to be the most beloved—it is the Stahlbaum family maid, played, in drag, by Kraig Patterson. There she still stands, in her little French maid’s outfit, plus black point shoes, on which…

4 min.
above & beyond

The Glass Room This interactive exhibit looks like just another shiny retail space from the outside, but step in and you’ll find an investigation of our digital footprint and how it might manifest in the physical world. On display are satirical works concerned with Web privacy and security, including an eight-book directory of real passwords gathered from a leak at a major online company, facial-recognition software that scans church pews to take attendance, and an “inGenious” bar, where visitors can detox their data. The space hosts daily talks and tours: highlights this week include discussions about how the Web works, tips for avoiding an increasingly omnipotent Google and its many services, and tricks for mobile-phone security that may be hidden in plain sight. (201 Mulberry St.theglassroomnyc.org. Through Dec. 14.) Holiday Train Show The…