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The New Yorker October 28, 2013

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1 min.

GEORGE PACKER (COMMENT, P. 21) is a staff writer and the author of “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” a National Book Award finalist. DAVID SEDARIS (“NOW WE ARE FIVE,” p. 26) has written eight books, the most recent of which is “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” EVGENY MOROZOV (“ONLY DISCONNECT,” p. 33) is the author of “To Save Everything, Click Here,” which came out earlier this year. DEAN YOUNG (POEM, P. 35) holds the Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin. His most recent collection is “Bender.” IAN FRAZIER (“HIDDEN CITY,” P. 38), a longtime contributor, edited the collection “Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings,” which came out in August. MARGARET TALBOT (“HOME MOVIES,” P. 50) has been a staff writer since 2003. PATRICIA LOCKWOOD (POEM, P. 56)…

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the mail

THE PEACE CANDIDATE Alex Ross’s description of Thomas W. Devine’s book, “Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaign and the Future of Postwar Liberalism,” reaffirms the prevalent judgment of Wallace as an eccentric, “dangerously incoherent politician” (A Critic at Large, October 14th). This view, though expressed in regard to Wallace’s eventual swing to the right, is dismissive of his brave Presidential run in 1948. Wallace believed that Harry Truman’s confrontational policy toward the Soviet Union increased the possibility of war, and he ran as a self-identified peace candidate. Truman’s special counsel, Clark Clifford, worried about Wallace’s appeal and sought to marginalize him, painting him as a Communist tool. The strategy worked: the G.O.P., which had profitably used the presence of Communists in government to discredit the New Deal in the 1946 election, directed…

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JAMES BROWN REMADE the sound of soul and funk, but he had to be seen to be believed. Whether spinning, jumping, sliding, or dropping to the floor in a split, Brown transfixed everyone from Michael Jackson to Mick Jagger. In “James Brown: Get on the Good Foot,” Philadanco, a Philadelphia-based dance company, performs new works set to his music by seven choreographers, including Ronald K. Brown, Camille A. Brown, Derick K. Grant, Otis Sallid, and Souleymane Badolo. The show premieres this week at the Apollo Theatre, where Brown (who is pictured above performing there in 1968) appeared more than two hundred times. OPENINGS AND PREVIEWS After Midnight Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this musical, which reimagines the shows of the Cotton Club. The musical arrangements of Duke Ellington, performed by the Jazz at…

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theatre: love affair

IN A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS conducted with the British-born playwright Harold Pinter in 1971, Mel Gussow said that he was struck by the emotion and lyricism in some of the author’s post-“Homecoming” works, such as “Silence” (1969) and “Old Times” (1971). Gussow went on to ask the forty-one-year-old playwright if he felt that he had to “guard against emotion.” Pinter, giving a rather Pinteresque response, said, “I don’t quite understand you.” Then: “What I’m interested in is emotion which is contained, and felt very, very deeply. Jesus, I really don’t want to make a categorical statement about this.” Not that it would have helped. Ever since his plays began captivating audiences, in 1960, Pinter had defied certain expectations, including what a play was. A series of pauses? A subversion of…

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bar tab: whitman & bloom liquor company

384 Third Ave. (212-725-4110) For a preview of what Manhattan’s far east side might look like if the Second Avenue subway line is ever completed, have a drink at Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, in Kips Bay. The aesthetic of the two-and-a-half-level enterprise (including a basement piano bar) is speakeasy-meets-farmhouse chic, all wood and marble and romantic lighting. The cocktails, which err on the sweet side, include the Red Root, a pleasantly vegetal combination of Brooklyn gin, beet juice, ginger beer, and mint, and the Smoked Pina, like an updated Tequila Sunrise, with mescal, grapefruit juice, agave, and orange bitters. In the kitchen, the Israeli chef Eldad Shem Tov, who has cooked at both Alain Ducasse and Aquavit, serves dishes like lamb tartare, with olives, yogurt, and pine nuts, and chicken-liver…

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tables for two: glasserie

IF YOU’RE HEADED to Glasserie, a new Middle Eastern restaurant in Greenpoint, it’s best to take a car, and a crowd. The car is because the former glass factory, situated at the mouth of Newtown Creek by the Pulaski Bridge, is nowhere near any subway. The crowd is because the best thing on the menu is a rabbit feast, designed for sharing. For seventy-two dollars—not including Arecibo car-service fares to and from the restaurant—it’s reassuring to see that the dish comes with “the works.” The rabbit is prepared three ways: as chewy kebab-style chunks, for drizzling with a tahini sauce; on a leg bone, well matched with lightly pickled vegetables; and in an umami-rich onion stew, the perfect excuse for eating more “flaky bread,” essentially a paratha that leaves a…