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The New Yorker February 27, 2017

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Nicholas Schmidle (“General Chaos,” p. 40), a staff writer, is a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. Elizabeth Kolbert (Books, p. 66) is a staff writer and the author of “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” which won a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 2015. Ian Frazier (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 33) recently published “Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces” and is working on a book about the Bronx. Ada Limón (Poem, p. 39) is the author of four poetry collections, including “Bright Dead Things,” a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award. Alex Ross (Musical Events, p. 74), a staff writer, is the author of “The Rest Is Noise” and “Listen to This.” Jeffrey Toobin (The Talk of the Town, p. 22)…

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the mail

Jill Lepore’s article about the history of climate science and nuclear-winter theory is important, but her story is incomplete (“Autumn of the Atom,” January 30th). Although Lepore states that the nuclear-winter debate has “long since been forgotten,” research done in the past ten years, using modern climate models, has shown that the theory of nuclear winter—which says that smoke from fires started by nuclear detonation will block sunlight, causing the Earth to become drastically colder— was correct. Lepore also refers to Stephen Schneider’s alternate theory of nuclear “autumn,” from the nineteeneighties, as if it refuted the nuclearwinter theory. But it failed to take into account the Earth’s stratosphere, was never published in a scientific journal, and was certainly not accepted by the scientific community. It was, however, used by supporters…

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goings on about town

ART MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES New Museum “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” The American artist has intrigued and befuddled a growing audience since the late nineteen-seventies, when he emerged, in Hermosa Beach, California, as a bookish surfer who made flyers and album covers for the punk band Black Flag (his older brother Greg Ginn was the founder and guitarist) and a flurry of zines. His fame took hold slowly, and it remains confined largely to fine-art circles. Seeing this show of some seven hundred creations, mostly drawings with text, is like being lost in a foreign but strangely familiar city, where polyphonic disembodied voices whisper, yell, or sputter wit and wisdom that you’re rarely sure that you heard quite right. The show’s title is from Byron’s “The Vision of Judgement,” in which…

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paradise played

In 1968, when the Brazilian band Os Mutantes performed the discordant “É Proibido Proibir” (“Prohibiting Is Prohibited”), with the singer Caetano Veloso, for an audience of conservative students at the Festival International de Canção, in Rio, the crowd bristled, and many turned their backs. Veloso, as he recalls in his memoir, looked out and shouted, “God is loose!” Two years after that pivotal concert, Os Mutantes were still concerned with higher powers. On “Ave, Lúcifer,” from the band’s third album, the members Arnaldo Baptista and Rita Lee consider whether Satan was just another one of Eden’s pleasures. “Mas tragam Lúcifer pra mim / Em uma bandeja pra mim,” Lee sings, demanding that the serpent be brought to her on a tray. Her hypnotic description of the blasphemous scene lures listeners toward…

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cinema scope

In the eighties, there were many more gay bars in New York than there are now, and one of them—Uncle Charlie’s, on Greenwich Avenue—was a very pleasant place to cool off during hot summer afternoons. One day, after leaving the bar, I was headed down Greenwich Avenue toward Christopher Street, when I spotted a figure standing on a corner. He was dressed all in leather, and the way he smoked—it was like watching someone ingest a delicious new kind of food. I paused. The man stared at me over his tinted glasses. I kept walking, and he started to follow me, and did for several blocks, until I panicked and ducked into a shop. This must have been in 1981, because Rainer Werner Fassbinder was dead the next year. What impressed…

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above & beyond

New York International Children’s Film Festival This annual festival, founded in 1997, is the largest film event for children and teens in the country, hosting shorts, features, Q. and A.s with directors, and national premières. Past installments have showcased stop-motion vignettes and deep dives into fifty years of French animation, as well as documentaries and experimental works aimed at younger audiences. (The festival-winning films are eligible for Academy Award consideration.) This year’s highlights include a C.G.I. adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” and the New York première of the Japanese romantic anime “Your Name,” about a man and woman who find themselves sporadically switching bodies. (Various locations. nyicff.org. Feb. 24-March 19.) AFROPUNK: The Takeover Harlem Stage, the Apollo Theatre, and AFROPUNK, the long-running music festival, join forces to produce a series of engaging…