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The New Yorker October 3, 2016

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Jeffrey Toobin (“In the Balance,” p. 28) has written two books about the Supreme Court: “The Nine” and “The Oath.” His latest book, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst,” came out in August. Steve Coll (Comment, p. 23) is the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia. Akash Kapur (A Critic at Large, p. 66), the author of “India Becoming,” is writing a book set in the intentional community of Auroville, in India, where he grew up. Nyla Matuk (Poem, p. 65) will publish “Stranger,” her second book of poems, in the fall. Etgar Keret (Fiction, p. 62) is an Israeli writer. “The Seven Good Years” is his most recent book. Paul Rudnick (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 35) is the author of “It’s All Your…

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the mail

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Kathryn Schulz’s article on the exaggerated importance of the Underground Railroad to the abolition movement is misguided (“Derailed,” August 22nd). Schulz argues that both blacks and whites have laid claim to heroic tales of the Railroad as a way to avoid the shame of either enslavement or complicity. But, for most participants, the Railroad was a dangerous enterprise, and its history is full of stories of setbacks, as slaveholders deployed the entire repressive machinery of the state to foil escape attempts. Nor was the steady stream of runaways to the North insignificant. The numbers may not have been as great as we like to think, but they fed into a burgeoning abolitionist movement. Schulz writes that “slavery was institutional” and the Railroad merely the “personal” acts of individual…

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goings on about town: this week

The American artist Spencer Finch is an eco-conceptualist, distilling the essence of landscape (light, water, air) into eye-catching ruminations on memory and the passage of time. In “Lost Man Creek,” his new piece for the Public Art Fund, Finch turns his attention to trees. Starting Oct. 1, four thousand saplings will grow in the MetroTech Commons, in downtown Brooklyn, in a 1:100-scale re-creation of seven hundred and ninety acres of California’s Redwood National Park, giving old growth a fresh start. ART MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES Museum of Modern Art “Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts (und dann überlasst mich den Mauerseglern)” This mid-career retrospective of the fifty-year-old German artist, best known for his ephebic strain of expressionism, transforms part of the museum’s sixth floor into a gauze-lined attic, strewn with objects including…

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movies: harvest time

The Main Slate of the New York Film Festival, at Lincoln Center Sept. 30-Oct. 16, is the city’s leading showcase for international and Hollywood art films. This year, programs for documentaries and shorts—in which established filmmakers try out bold new ideas—also present works that offer high artistic quality and probing social perspectives. “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, depicts a young man’s coming of age while facing the possibility of being gay, a classic story told in new ways that do more than avoid clichés—they shatter cinematic stereotypes. The film, adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, shows three episodes in the life of the Miami-born Chiron, starting when the bullied schoolboy (Alex R. Hibbert), neglected by his mother (Naomie Harris), is sheltered by a Cuban-born drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) and his girlfriend…

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goings on about town: above & beyond

Lit Crawl These pub readings have aimed to bring “literature to the streets” of the Lower East Side, the East Village, and Williamsburg since 2008. Literary debauchery may be a worthy pursuit, bringing to mind Hemingway’s brooding, boozy prose and Haight-Ashbury’s flighty scribblings. Thankfully, the organizers of Lit Crawl have less anarchic ambitions: events like Literary Pictionary and Nerd Jeopardy welcome regulars to flex their bookish chops; Tarot readings, flash portraiture, and mobile photo booths extend an arm toward casual readers. (Various locations. pen.org. Oct. 1.) AUCTIONS AND ANTIQUES Mid-priced contemporary art and photographs are the week’s themes. Sotheby’ holds one of its “Contemporary Curated” sales, in which a tastemaker (usually someone in fashion, finance, or pop culture) puts his or her seal of approval on the selected lots (Sept. 29). This time…

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tables for two: ladybird

The logo of this new West Village restaurant features a bird perched atop a cornucopia of vegetal delights, which itself sits atop a woman’s head. The bird holds, in its beak, a single sphere—perhaps it’s a cherry tomato, or a tiny beet. The image might evoke twin scenarios for a modern herbivore, both likely and neither ideal: one in which she is judged for her abstemious virtue amid carnivorous abundance, and one in which she finds scarcely more than a side dish of beets on a menu that is overwhelmingly a temple to meat. Neither happens at Ladybird, where the city’s “sophisticated and conscious” (in the words of Ravi DeRossi, its proprietor and a vegan for more than a decade) might seek “escape from the drinking crowd of Macdougal.” The aesthetic—…