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The New Yorker January 30, 2017

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Jill Lepore (“Autumn of the Atom,” p. 22), a professor of American history at Harvard, is writing a history of the United States. Adrian Chen (“The Troll of Internet Art,” p. 30) became a staff writer in 2016. Judith Thurman (The Talk of the Town, p. 18) has written for the magazine since 1987 and been a staff writer since 2000. Among her books is “Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire,” a collection of her New Yorker essays. Colin Stokes (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 29) is a member of the magazine’s editorial staff and a contributor to the Onion. He has written humor pieces for The New Yorker and newyorker.com since 2014. Laura Miller (Books, p. 68), the author of “The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia,” is a books and culture columnist…

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the mail

FINDING JUSTICE I was inspired by Rachel Aviv’s article on Albert Woodfox, one of the Angola 3, whose commitment to the principles of the Black Panther Party helped him endure four decades of solitary confinement, even after the Party itself had fallen apart (“Surviving Solitary,” January 16th). But I disagree with the friend of one of his fellow-inmates, who said that this commitment to the Party was like that of Japanese fighter pilots who were still fighting thirty years after the war ended. For most African- Americans, the war is not close to over. It rankled me to read that the only way out of prison for Woodfox was through a plea bargain—admitting guilt where there was overwhelming evidence of innocence. This is one of many mechanisms by which black people…

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goings on about town: this week

This hand-colored portrait of an unidentified woman was taken by an unknown photographer circa 1935. But to a contemporary eye, trained by social media, it may suggest hashtags from #ThrowbackThursday to #BlackLivesMatter. It’s one of some hundred still and moving images, spanning a century and a half, in the International Center of Photography’s exhibition “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change,” which considers how advances in technology have politicized visual culture. Opens Jan. 27. NIGHT LIFE ROCK AND POP Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Julie Byrne Byrne has been engrossed in music since she left Buffalo, at the age of eighteen, with stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Seattle, and New Orleans. Not long after moving to New York, this country-folk songwriter found herself starved for…

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dance: kiss and tell

“The Fairy’s Kiss,” based on a bonechilling Hans Christian Andersen story and with a score combining the gifts of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, is something you would think that many choreographers would like to get their hands on, and many have. The first version, by Bronislava Nijinska, was made in 1928, for Ida Rubinstein’s company, in Paris. Rubinstein, not a great dancer but a great beauty, had lent her exotic presence to early productions of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. By 1928, she was older, and stooped, and had had a bad face-lift. Still, she had the money to commission work from Europe’s best theatre artists, and so she got this piece from Stravinsky, who intended it as an allegory: the artist, in return for his gift—the “fairy’s kiss”— gave up his…

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classical music: hand in glove

Amid the cultural turmoil of latenineteenth- century Europe—driven, most powerfully, by the revolutionary operas of Richard Wagner—Johannes Brahms continued to explore the earlynineteenth- century musical genres perfected by Beethoven: the symphony, the sonata, and the concerto, forms in which the composer used craftsmanship to transform pure emotion into musical structure. Brahms did keep up with the trends of his time, of course, if only to be familiar with the kinds of music he positioned his own works against. But his keen interest inncerto, forms in which the composer used craftsmanship to transform pure emotion into musical structure. Brahms did keep up with the trends of his time, of course, if only to be familiar with the kinds of music he positioned his own works against. But his keen interest in…

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above & beyond

Lunar New Year There are several ways to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, and most involve lavish displays of fireworks. Red and gold, the traditional shades of good luck, burst over the Hudson River and color the Empire State Building on Jan. 26; in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, on Jan. 28, more than six hundred thousand firecrackers will be set off to ward away evil spirits. The park will also host lion dances (distinct from the more famous dragon dance in its use of just two performers), decorations giveaways, craft venders, and food booths. Organizers suggest that the more dumplings attendees eat, the more money they’ll earn that year, an easy enough proposition. The New York Philharmonic welcomes the Year of the Rooster with a concert and gala at Lincoln…