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The New Yorker July 4, 2016

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George Packer (“The Theorist in the Palace,” p. 32) is the author of seven books, including “The Unwinding,” for which he won a National Book Award. Jelani Cobb (Comment, p. 15) received the 2015 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns. Jill Lepore (“How to Steal an Election,” p. 20), a professor of history at Harvard, is writing a history of the United States. Lauren Collins (The Talk of the Town, p. 17) reports from Europe for the magazine. Her book, “When in French,” will be published in September. Hilton Als (“Dark Rooms,” p. 26), The New Yorker ’s theatre critic, is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Barry Blitt (Cover) has contributed to the magazine since 1992. His illustrations are featured in the…

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the mail

THE WAY WE LIVE NOW I wish that Lizzie Widdicombe’s article on co-living spaces—shared housing that functions like a dormitory for affluent grownups—had focussed more on the issue of gentrification (“Happy Together,” May 16th). Brad Hargreaves, the founder of one of these startups, Common, says that his company was able to find “a wholly vacant multifamily building” in rapidly gentrifying Crown Heights, Brooklyn, that enabled Common to move into the neighborhood without evicting longtime residents. However, it’s common practice for property flippers to evict a building’s tenants, or to intimidate them into leaving, before putting it up for sale, thereby making the property more attractive to landlords intent on charging higher rents. This is one of the most troubling myths about areas undergoing gentrification: that they are “up-andcoming” neighborhoods of vast,…

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goings on about town: this week

“Meridian (Gold)” is a new project by the New York artist Mika Tajima, produced by SculptureCenter, at Hunter’s Point South Park, in Long Island City. Visitors can sit in the sculpture—it looks like a hot tub, from which a geyser of vapor is rising. The mist changes color based on the fluctuating value of gold; computerized lights are fed data, in real time, from global markets. Maybe this is what Marx and Engels envisioned when they wrote, about capitalism, “All that is solid melts into air.” MOVIES OPENING The BFG Reviewed in Now Playing. Opening July 1. (In wide release.) •The Legend of Tarzan Alexander Skarsgård stars in this adventure film, based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, about a conspiracy in the Belgian Congo that ensnares a trade adviser who was…

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outside edge

Danny Lyon’s career would make a great bio-pic. The New York City photographer, who, at seventy-four, is the subject of the Whitney’s terrific survey “Message to the Future,” has led an improbably adventurous life, beginning with his involvement in the civil-rights movement. In 1963, when he was twenty-one, he became the staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The year before, on his first trip to the South, Lyon ended up in a Georgia jail, with Martin Luther King, Jr., in a nearby cell. Over the next few years, he documented marches, sit- ins, arrests, and the aftermaths of bombings. Lyon’s 1963 picture of a boy shouting while confined in a choke hold by an Atlanta policeman became an icon of the civil-rights movement and a breakthrough for the photographer.…

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way cool

It’s best to deal with King Missile’s irreverent 1992 smash, “Detachable Penis,” the way the band does in its sets: quickly, loosely, and early. The New York quartet shot from a buzzy anti- folk project popular on college radio to an MTV mainstay on the strength of the proto-viral single, in which the singer and poet John S. Hall recounts losing his prized member at a party, waking up the next morning, and wandering between the Kiev and St. Mark’s trying to find it—“This happens all the time,” he explains, wilted. “It’s detachable.” Both endearing and crude, the song was exemplary of Hall’s literary gifts and sneering wit. At a small basement show on Ludlow Street last May, Hall updated some lyrics: “People say, ‘Well, that’s a nice little story, but…

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above & beyond

Festival of Independence The South Street Seaport is humming back to life. East River walkways tucked under the F.D.R. are again rife with bikers, skaters, and stroller shovers routing a bit of waterfront sun into their evening commutes and weekend romps, not to mention adventurous fishermen casting lines over the rail. There are few better spots to view the annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, now in their fortieth year—two barges will be set up just off Pier 17—and this two-day festival of concerts, food, and family activities provides a picturesque backdrop. Noisey, VICE’s music and culture channel, has picked a stacked lineup of independent artists to perform on Peck Slip across the long weekend, including indie acts like Wild Nothing, Porches, and Public Access T.V. and soul-stirrers like D.R.A.M., Phony…