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The New Yorker December 5, 2016

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D. T. Max (“Sombre Colors,” p. 42) is a staff writer and the author of “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery.” Joan Acocella ( Dancing, p. 82) became the magazine’s dance critic in 1998. She is writing a biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov. James Wood ( “The Teacher,” p. 28) teaches at Harvard. “The Nearest Thing to Life” is his latest book. James Surowiecki (The Financial Page, p. 26), a staff writer since 2000, writes about finance for the magazine. Anthony Lane (The Current Cinema, p. 86) has been a film critic for The New Yorker since 1993. Daniel Smith (The Talk of the Town, p. 22) is the author, most recently, of “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.” Emily Nussbaum (On Television, p.74), the magazine’s television critic, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Michael…

4 min.
the mail

THE ELECTION’S AFTERMATH I have read much of The New Yorker’s election coverage, both in print and online, and I agree with all that was said about the dangers of Trump and what his Administration might mean for the country. However, I grew increasingly dissatisfied with the content, because it simply reinforced my fears and did not suggest a path forward. The best way to recover from this horrific election is to take action—now. The lesson I learned from Russia, where I come from, is that, when something goes wrong, people merely “hope” that it will change. They wait, they “heal,” and they get back to “business as usual.” This is the last thing you want to do! Dictatorships are built on the control of information and the passivity of its…

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goings on about town: this week

In times of trouble, dependable sources of inspiration increase in value. By the late nineteen-seventies, when this photograph was taken, Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” had been raising spirits—and the spirit—for nearly two decades. As Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre settles into City Center for its annual holiday run (Nov. 30-Dec. 31), the work retains an apparently inexhaustible power. It’s joined by new pieces, one that springs from speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., and one registering the pain of mass incarceration. NIGHT LIFE ROCK AND POP Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Art Department Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White d.j.ed and produced as a duo until just last year. Glasgow recently stepped out on his own to record and release an album, and now White takes…

2 min.
classical music: the sound of love

THE DISTINGUISHED COMPOSER Kaija Saariaho, who is sixty-four, would not have seemed to be the type of musician who would excel in the world of opera. Finnish-born, but long a paragon of the Parisian institutional avant-garde, Saariaho writes music that, like that of many of her colleagues, is a rigorously scientific exploration of the inner life of sound. In many a Saariaho piece, an arresting sonic statement is presented at the start, big in impact but full of small voices that subtly fragment, bloom, or disappear. Listening to it can be a dazzling experience, though it is essentially a static one; the music lacks the narrative thrust that musical drama usually requires. What sets her apart, however, is her gift for weaving elements of mysticism and sensuality into that essentially intellectual…

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the theatre: stoking the fire

THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, James Baldwin had a hankering to work in show business. Like Henry James, one of his early heroes, Baldwin loved the footlights; early on, with his friend and editor Sol Stein, he collaborated on a still unproduced television script based on his 1955 essay “Equal in Paris.” For a while, the Harlem-raised writer worked with the director Elia Kazan, as the latter prepared Tennessee Williams’s “Sweet Bird of Youth” for Broadway, and in the nineteen-sixties he was hired to adapt his friend Malcolm X’s “Autobiography” for the screen. The project did not go well, and Baldwin fled Hollywood, and its conventionality, with his script in hand. (It was published as a book in 1972.) Over the years, a number of Baldwin devotees have produced theatre and film projects…

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goings on about town: above & beyond

The Poetry Brothel Guests at this temple of literary deviance are treated to readings enlivened by the aura of burlesque. A rotating cast of male and female poets perform as bordello troubadours, erupting into verse in public and luring guests into back rooms for private readings that may be overheard by voyeurs lurking just around the corner. The event transforms House of Yes into an immersive cabaret with live jazz, vaudeville, painters, and fortune-tellers—this week’s holiday- partythemed installment includes readings from the poet, author, and lawyer Monica Youn, a performance by the Hot Club of Flatbush, and the burlesque performers Puss N Boots and Foxx Von Tempt. (2 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn. houseofyes.org. Dec. 4.) Magic at Coney Island Illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and closeup magicians descend on Coney Island each Sunday afternoon at…