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The New Yorker November 4, 2013

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1 min.

DANA GOODYEAR (“BEASTLY APPETITES,” P. 72) lives in Los Angeles. Her new book, “Anything That Moves,” comes out in November. LAUREN COLLINS (THE TALK OF THE TOWN, P. 41; “FIRE-EATERS,” P. 47) is a staff writer. AKHIL SHARMA (“BUTTER,” P. 55) will publish “Family Life,” a novel, in April. REBECCA MEAD (“JUST ADD SUGAR,” P. 56) is the author of “My Life in Middlemarch,” which comes out in January. B.J. NOVAK (SHOUTS & MURMURS, P. 64), a writer and an actor, will publish “One More Thing,” a collection of stories, in February. ADAM GOPNIK (“BREAD AND WOMEN,” P. 66; A CRITIC AT LARGE, P. 100) is the author of “The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food.” GABRIELLE HAMILTON (“FAMILY MEAL,” P. 71), the chef and owner of the restaurant Prune, is the…

3 min.
the mail

FOUNDING MYTHS Ari Shavit’s courageous article detailing the expulsion of the Palestinians deserves to be commended (“Lydda, 1948,” October 21st). I am an American Jew working for a Muslim civilrights and advocacy organization, and, in my three decades observing Jewish-Muslim dialogue and Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation efforts, I have concluded that national and religious self-criticism is at the heart of peacemaking. Since 9/11, Muslim organizations, religious leaders, and scholars have condemned extremist violence committed in the name of Islam, although this has been largely unreported. Jews must face the bitter historical truth: as Shavit points out, Israel’s birth was accompanied by the Jews’ destruction of another people. As in post-apartheid South Africa, the acknowledgment of past crimes can open a door to a more peaceful future. The values of justice, mercy, and compassion…

48 min.

CLASSICAL MUSIC FOOD & DRINK | DANCE ABOVE & BEYOND THE THEATRE | ART MOVIES | NIGHT LIFE MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE, the Harlem jazz club founded in 1938 by the saxophonist Henry Minton, hosted many of the greats—in the forties, Thelonious Monk appeared regularly, and Dizzy Gillespie jammed there on Monday “celebrity” nights, along with Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, and Ben Webster. Later, its popularity waned, and it closed in 1974, before reëmerging, briefly, in 2006. Now, under the patronage of Richard Parsons, the former head of Citigroup and Time Warner, Minton’s has reopened as an elegant supper club. Well-heeled jazz lovers can order from a prix-fixe menu that includes sherry she-crab soup and smoked quail with a giblet cornbread cake, while listening to the house band (two members of which—Alex Layne,…

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classical music: close quarters

WE’RE MORE THAN A DECADE into the “post-classical” era: classical musicians of all stripes are reconsidering the repertoire they play, and reimagining the way they play it. And the string quartet—once the focus of connoisseurs, now a sturdy off-road vehicle for sonic exploration—has been at the forefront. In New York, the movement has been personified by Brooklyn Rider, the fun-loving foursome whose smoothly ingratiating style emerges from a combination of new-music, early-music, and world-music influences, in addition to deep classical training. But recently, Brooklyn has had some healthy competition from Los Angeles. In the past several years, the Calder Quartet, four Californians in their early thirties, have matured from energetic upstarts to a first-rate ensemble. The Hollywood and Angeles String Quartets flourished in Los Angeles, but the art of the quartet…

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tables for two: toro

ASIDE FROM THE OCCASIONAL OUTFIELDER, there’s not much Boston has that New York wants. But ever since Toro, the popular South End tapas restaurant, opened a location on the West Side Highway several weeks ago, New Yorkers can’t seem to get enough. The hundred-and-twenty-seat dining room, which takes reservations, is consistently booked, and the line at the door is long with hopeful walk-ins. Five-thirty may be an unfashionable hour for dinner, but it’s perhaps the best time to eat at Toro, before the crowds swarm into the hangar-like industrial space, outfitted in heavy wood, exposed steel beams, and neat rows of hanging hams. By eight, the acoustics can be deafening (the cranked-up club music doesn’t help), and the servers, friendly but aggressive (hold on tight to your drinks), dart around…

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bar tab: the shanty

79 Richardson St., Brooklyn (718-878-3579) Before Prohibition, New York was home to hundreds of breweries and dozens of large-scale distilleries, but the current neo-speakeasy craze celebrates that one decade, in the nineteen-twenties, when gin was made in dirty bathtubs, rather than the preceding centuries of noble craftsmanship. Tom Potter, the co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery, seeks to address the imbalance with his New York Distilling Co., in Williamsburg, where he makes gin and rye in a huge warehouse and serves it in the warm glow of his in-house bar, the Shanty. Its narrow brick interior was once a truck-transmission repair shop, and a large window overlooks the metal vats and oak barrels that now line the factory floor. It feels a bit like after-hours in the manager’s office, where the spoils of…