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The New Yorker November 11, 2013

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1 min.

ANNE APPLEBAUM (“ANTI-SEMITE AND JEW,” P. 28) is the author of “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956” and “Gulag,” for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004. PATTI SMITH (THE TALK OF THE TOWN, P. 27), the singer-songwriter and poet, is the author of “The Coral Sea,” “Woolgathering,” and “Just Kids,” which won a 2010 National Book Award. JOHN CASSIDY (COMMENT, P. 21) writes the Rational Irrationality blog on newyorker.com. “How Markets Fail” is his most recent book. MICHAEL SPECTER (“CLIMATE BY NUMBERS,” P. 38), the author of “Denialism,” is a staff writer, covering science and global public health for the magazine. SEAMUS HEANEY (TRANSLATION, P. 34), who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, died earlier this year. His translations of the poems of Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912) are included…

3 min.
the mail

HELPING THE HOMELESS Ian Frazier’s article about the crisis of homelessness in New York City states that most New Yorkers do not realize how extensive the problem of homelessness is because they do not see it (“Hidden City,” October 28th). This is because there has been tremendous success in street outreach programs by community organizations. Since 2007, the Goddard Riverside Community Center has moved more than 1,175 homeless people from the streets into permanent housing, with a retention rate of ninety-two per cent. In order to continue to make real progress, the city’s next administration must be willing to expend political and financial capital. As the United to End Homelessness coalition advocates, homelessness and affordable housing must be a top priority, including core policies on ending homelessness and creating an interagency…

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MUSEUMS SHORT LIST METROPOLITAN MUSEUM Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. (212-535-7710)— “Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800.” Through Jan. 5. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART 11 W. 53rd St. (212-708-9400)—“Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938.” Through Jan. 12. MOMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens (718-784-2084)—“Mike Kelley.” Through Feb. 2. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM Fifth Ave. at 89th St. (212-423-3500)— “Robert Motherwell: Early Collages.” Through Jan. 5. WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Madison Ave. at 75th St. (212-570-3600)—“Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970-1980.” Through Feb. 2. BROOKLYN MUSEUM 200 Eastern Parkway (718-638-5000)— “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.” Through Feb. 23. AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Central Park W. at 79th St. (212-769-5100)—“Dark Universe.” Through Oct. 19. JEWISH MUSEUM Fifth Ave. at 92nd St. (212-423-3200)—“Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective.” Opens Nov. 8. MORGAN LIBRARY…

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art: live action

“A CRISSCROSS OF SECRET HISTORIES” is how the Whitney curator Jay Sanders describes the fugitive art actions—an amalgam of dance, theatre, music, magic show, standup comedy, cinema, and, in the case of Vito Acconci, masturbation and stalking—that were staged in the alternative spaces, private lofts, and public streets of downtown New York in the seventies. These clandestine performances are the subject of Sanders’s revelatory show “Rituals of Rented Island.” In the summer of 1974, Laurie Anderson played the violin outdoors, wearing skates whose blades were frozen in blocks of ice; when the ice melted, the performance was over. Soon after that, John Zorn invited small groups to his attic at midnight to witness the Theatre of Musical Optics, a one-man show in which tiny props (chicken bones, bits of electronic…

2 min.
classical music: darkness visible

THE OPENING MINUTES of Georg Friedrich Haas’s Third String Quartet, which unfolds in total darkness and can last more than an hour, are so unsettling that the members of the JACK Quartet—who have performed the piece almost twenty times, and will play it again on Nov. 19, as part of the White Light Festival—prep the audience with a “practice run” beforehand. The lights are turned off briefly, and anyone who feels too uncomfortable with the plunge into pitch-blackness can leave before the music begins. Occasional adverse reactions are understandable: it’s like being buried alive. But the sounds that Haas elicits from the quartet—a minutely varied array of musical cries, whispers, songs, and sighs—gradually allow the ears to map a space that the eyes cannot see. The musicians are positioned around…

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tables for two: hunan manor

YOU KNOW HOW YOU ALWAYS want beef jerky to be something it’s not? Chewy enough to test your molars, but also flavorful in a way that suggests more than just smoke? There’s a dish at Hunan Manor—a Manhattan outpost of Hunan House, in Flushing—that begins to approximate what beef jerky could be, if it tried harder. It’s called white-chili preserved beef, and it looks like run-of-the-mill stir-fry. The dish is aromatic, redolent of ginger and scallions, but there’s no sauce. Instead, an intense heat emanates from the white peppers, which have been boiled and sun-dried. They are shrivelled, almost translucent, and vaguely wraithish in appearance—an appropriate visual cue to their dangerous burn. The preserved beef has the oddly pleasing texture of shoe leather, and there’s so much to taste here:…