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The New Yorker May 23, 2016

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Jonathan Franzen (“The End of the End of the World,” p. 44) has been a contributor to the magazine since 1994. His books include the novel “Purity” and the essay collection “Farther Away.” Sam Knight (“Enter Left,” p. 28) is a journalist living in London. Jessi Klein (“The Bath: A Polemic,” p. 36) won an Emmy and a Peabody Award as the head writer and an executive producer of “Inside Amy Schumer.” Her book, “You’ll Grow Out of It,” will be published in July. Sarah Larson (“Man on the Street,” p. 38) is a roving cultural correspondent for newyorker.com. Julie Belcove (The Talk of the Town, p. 26), a former deputy editor of W, writes primarily about art and culture. Barry Blitt (Cover), who has contributed to The New Yorker since 1992, created the illustrations…

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the mail

FAIR CARE As a Filipina expat, I read Rachel Aviv’s article about Emma, a Filipina domestic worker who came to the U.S. to support her large family in the Philippines and has not seen them for sixteen years, with sadness and anger (“The Cost of Caring,” April 11th). I know countless women like Emma: they are my friends and the aunts, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers of my friends. Because of the corruption of the Philippine government and the de-facto ban on birth control by the Catholic Church, leading to overpopulation, much of the country lives in poverty. Many women, especially, unable to provide for their large families, and lacking job opportunities, travel to wealthier nations, such as the U.S., to find work. Millions of young children like Emma’s nine daughters are…

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goings on about town: this week

Adia Victoria’ powerful 2016 B-side “Howlin’ Shame” lurches through foggy, spellbinding guitar and violin like the withered woman described in its lyrics. “That girl’s a ghost,” the country-folk singer gasps, from the perspective of stunned onlookers. “Burning in a hell that don’t nobody know.” Raised in South Carolina as a Seventh-Day Adventist, the twenty-nine-year-old tried out New York, then settled in Nashville to live “like a voyeur”; Mercury Lounge hosts her latest visit to the city, on May 19. ART MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES MOMA PS1 “Cao Fei” Klaus Biesenbach has curated the sleeper show of the spring: a high-impact retrospective of videos, photographs, and digital simulations, charting China’s breakneck growth, environmental degradation, and social disquiet. Cao’s home town of Guangzhou, in the “special economic zone” of the Pearl River Delta, was among the first big…

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summer preview: photo opportunities

When Cornell Capa founded the International Center of Photography, in 1974, his aim was humanitarian: to preserve the “concerned” style of photojournalism practiced by his brother Robert and others. Over the years, the center’s mandate has expanded to embrace art and fashion as well. This summer, when I.C.P. reopens on the Bowery, its inaugural show, “Public, Private, Secret” (opening June 23), returns to the realm of the social, with a look at the shifting relationship between self and community in the digital age. The great street photographer Danny Lyon has long been inspired by social issues: the pictures in his first book, “The Movement,” were made while he was a staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, documenting the civil-rights struggle of the early sixties. His 1971 series, “Conversations with…

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summer preview: kiss me, kate

Shakespeare’s comedy “The Taming of the Shrew” can be a tour de force for whoever’s playing the wild-hearted Katherina, but it’s a notoriously tricky play for modern times. What self-respecting actress really wants to exhort the women in the audience to “place your hands below your husband’s foot”? Maybe the answer is to subtract the gender gap altogether. The director Phyllida Lloyd will kick off the Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park season with an all-female production (May 24-June 26, at the Delacorte), featuring Cush Jumbo as Kate and Janet McTeer as her tamer, Petruchio. Lloyd, known for “Mamma Mia!” and “The Iron Lady,” has a history of recasting Shakespeare’s patriarchies as matriarchies: her Donmar Warehouse productions of “Julius Caesar” and “Henry IV” (which played St. Ann’s Warehouse last fall)…

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summer preview: cries and whispers

As long as summer is still the time of the quiet campfire as well as of the cannonball splash, the intimate realm of chamber music will retain its appeal. Living composers remain a stubborn part of the mix. Marlboro Music has invited an unusually distinguished composer to join its community this year: the Russian master Sofia Gubaidulina, whose absorbing pieces will grace a number of weekend programs (July 16-Aug. 14). The absence of a widely admired American composer, Steven Stucky, will be felt deeply at Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music (July 21-25), which Stucky programmed before his untimely death in February; chamber and orchestral concerts will offer works by Stucky and Esa- Pekka Salonen, among many others. Back in New York, the Momenta Quartet and the Lost Dog New Music…