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The New Yorker May 27, 2013

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2 min.

Elizabeth Kolbert (Comment, p. 23) writes about the environment for the magazine and is the author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.” Dana Goodyear (The Talk of the Town, p. 25) recently published “The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard,” a book of poems. Her next book, “Anything That Moves,” about American food culture, comes out in the fall. Jane Mayer (“A Word from Our Sponsor,” p. 30) is a staff writer based in Washington, covering politics. “The Dark Side” is her latest book. Jeffrey Toobin (“Rights and Wrongs,” p. 36) is the author of “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court,” which comes out in paperback in June. Jeffrey Toobin (“Rights and Wrongs,” p. 36) is the author of “The Oath: The Obama White House and the…

3 min.
the mail

BORDER CROSSINGS William Finnegan’s article about Mark Lyttle, an American citizen deported by his country, depicts a rare and unfortunate case dating back to 2008 that is in no way representative of our agency’s record (“The Deportation Machine,” April 29th). In the years since, ICE has implemented stringent safeguards to protect against the possibility of a citizen’s detainment or removal, including a new nationwide policy to insure that detainees with mental conditions or disorders are identified, and appointed qualified counsel to represent them in removal proceedings. Reforms also include the establishment of a twenty-four-hour, multilingual, toll-free hotline for detained individuals. To ignore this progress paints an inaccurate picture, and discredits the hardworking men and women who dedicate their lives to upholding our nation’s immigration laws. John T. Morton Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs…

61 min.
goings on about town

THIS WEEK: THE THEATRE THE WAY WE LIVE Marianne Weems, of the Builders Association, directs “Sontag: Reborn,” based on journals that Susan Sontag kept from her teen years until her thirties. Moe Angelos adapted and performs, at the New York Theatre Workshop. (See page 10.) NIGHT LIFE: GOOD GENES The singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson grew up playing punk music on Long Island, but she comes from a family of more traditional musicians—her grandfather was the composer and arranger Harry Simeone, who is best known for “The Little Drummer Boy,” and her grandmother sang with Benny Goodman. Her more recent work skews toward country rock, and she’s wrapping up a national tour with a show at the Bowery Ballroom. (See page 12.) ART: PAPER WEIGHT Edward Hopper’s paintings are American icons, but his drawings have never been…

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critic’s notebook: falty towers

It’s a truism by now to say that the Internet has made music placeless and ubiquitous; Andrew Lustman, known professionally as FaltyDL, is a perfect example of this principle. His work is a combination of garage and early-nineties electronica, genres that grew out of an exchange between American and British artists. Lustman, who is at the Sullivan Room on May 27, has caught the ear of Thom Yorke, among others, and has a new album called “Hardcourage” on Ninja Tune. What makes him an interesting figure is that he has taken the populist thump of garage and wound a spiral around it, sometimes hewing closely to the accessible bass lines and soft propulsion of the music, sometimes weaving in cloudy sounds and detached, narcotized snatches of singing. Like Yorke, Lustman…

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critic’s notebook: how german is it

The historical and mythic themes of Anselm Kiefer’s epic canvases aren’t as compelling as they once were, when he made a redemptive difference in the world by disentangling Germanic culture from the sinister pathos and catastrophic effects of the Third Reich. Since then, his titanic spins on exalted subjects (medieval philosophy, the Kabbalah, the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann) have seemed more pretext than passion. In a new show at Gagosian, he evokes the Morgenthau Plan, a grotesquely vengeful wartime scheme, proposed by F.D.R.’s Treasury Secretary, to reduce conquered Germany to a primitive agricultural state. (After being fitfully applied, the policy succumbed to imperatives of the Cold War, if not to common decency.) The allusion, expressed in written phrases, feels incidental to standard Kieferian imagery of blasted or flowering fields in…

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tables for two carbone

181 Thompson St. (212-254-3000)—A lot of new restaurants are like freshmen: they try too hard. Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, the men behind the super-deli Torrisi Italian Specialties, spent a year touring the five boroughs’ classic red-sauce restaurants to round up the ingredients of a high-toned homage. An Elio’s for downtown, you might say. They were looking not only for culinary secrets and delights but also for what Carbone has called “moves”—endearing idiosyncratic gestures that turn service into performance and tops into tips. They brought all this to a Thompson Street space that had belonged, for decades, to Rocco’s (authentic, tired) and gave it a name that, unfortunately, is shared by another Carbone (authentic, tired) near Port Authority. A place can seem over-move-y, especially when it is new and when it…