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The New Yorker February 6, 2017

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Luke Mogelson (“The Avengers of Mosul,” p. 34) has written for the magazine since 2013. He is the author of the short-story collection “These Heroic, Happy Dead.” Tess Gallagher (Poem, p. 67) is the author of twelve poetry collections, including “Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems” and the forthcoming “Is, Is Not.” Jelani Cobb (“Prodigy of Hate,” p. 20), who has been a staff writer since 2015, teaches in the journalism program at Columbia University. Alexandra Schwartz (Books, p. 73) is a staff writer. Paul Rudnick (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 27) is the author of “It’s All Your Fault,” which was published last year. Abigail Gray Swartz (Cover) has contributed illustrations to the Times, Lenny Letter, and Taproot. She is working on a feminist coloring book for adults and kids. Rivka Galchen (“Fail Funnier,” p. 28)…

3 min.
the mail

PAYING DOCTORS TO CARE Atul Gawande, in his article on the importance of primary care, frames the shift from rescue medicine to lifelong incremental care as a decision that will save both lives and money, but he doesn’t fully address the unpalatable choices required to effect this transformation. (“Tell Me Where It Hurts,” January 23rd). In order to fund more primary care and preventive services, our society could increase the percentage of G.D.P. devoted to health care at the expense of other social goods, such as education and infrastructure. Alternatively, we could ration expensive rescue endeavors and spend the savings on incremental care. Rather than expending a “mountain of resources,” as Gawande says, to separate conjoined twins, or on costly neonatal surgeries like the one that benefitted Gawande’s son, we could…

39 min.
goings on about town

Dvorák’s "#$" opera, “Rusalka,” didn’t arrive at the Met until "##%, but it soon became a major vehicle for the burgeoning career of the soprano Renée Fleming. Now this tender piece (beloved for its aria “Song to the Moon”) features another star in the making, Kristine Opolais, who has long made the title role part of her repertory. The new production is by Mary Zimmerman, whose radical interpretations of such comfy classics as “La Sonnambula” and “Lucia di Lammermoor” caused much controversy in the early Peter Gelb era. CLASSICAL MUSIC OPERA Metropolitan Opera The theatre direc—known for her adaptations o! literary works like Ovid’s Metamorphoses—was an early favorite o" Peter Gelb’s administration, but her three stagings o# bel-canto operas for the company were at times awkward and stylistically indistinct. For her $irst new Met…

3 min.
club king

WHEN I FIRST started hanging out in downtown clubs—Area, in Tribeca, before it was Tribeca; MK, in the Flatiron district; Save the Robots, in the East Village—I would trail behind people I’d fallen in love with by sight. I didn’t know Teri Toye, one of the first transgender models—she was the late designer Stephen Sprouse’s muse—but I was taken with her blond cool, which was like a light in those dark clubs. The beauty and style of the late filmmaker Bobbie Dereck tor, with his brave mixing of male and female looks and behavior, filled me with a yearning to be above it all, too. Another person I followed was Stormé DeLarverie. Everyone knew Stormé, especially if they went to the Cubby Hole, which later became Henrietta Hudson, where she…

2 min.
when worlds collide

SOME YEAR AGO, Trisha Brown began su*ering small strokes. In time, she found it increasingly di+cult to rehearse her works. She retired as the head of her dance company in ,-./, and since then part of the troupe’s business, overseen by the associate artistic directors Carolyn Lucas and Diane Madden, has been to set her work on other companies. A few years ago, Lucas, with Lisa Kraus, one of Brown’s early dancers, restaged Brown’s “Glacial Decoy” (.010) for the Paris Opera Ballet. I asked Kraus how the rehearsals went. “What I told them to do,” she answered, “was exactly the opposite of what their training told them to do. So we did a lot of undoing.” French ballet students are instructed to hold their backs straight, their buttocks in, and their…

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above & beyond

“Art of Food” New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the local newspaper Our Town present a “quintessential New York evening,” during which Upper East Side chefs prepare and serve dishes based on famous works o" art curated by Sotheby’s. The concept leans on the presence o$ food in enduring works o" art—soup cans, fruit bowls, feasts—and reverses the !low o" inspiration, with chefs from 1633, Crave Fishbar, Magnolia Bakery, Shake Shack, and other restaurants creating original menu items, accompanied by live music courtesy o$ Metro Strings. A portion o" the event’s proceeds will be donated to City Harvest. (Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave. artoffoodny.com. Feb. 4 at 7:30.) Winter Village Bryant Park, lowered and landscaped in 1992 to discourage crime and welcome midtown strollers, will host various winter-themed stations and activities surrounding its famous ice rink;…