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The New Yorker September 16, 2013

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Flannery O’Connor (“My Dear God,” p. 26) published her first novel, “Wise Blood,” in 1952. “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” her second collection of stories, appeared shortly after she died, in 1964, at the age of thirty-nine. “A Prayer Journal,” a notebook that she kept in 1946-47, is due out in November. George Packer (Comment, p. 21), a staff writer, is the author of eight books, including “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” which came out in May. Andrew Marantz (The Talk of the Town, p. 24; “Unreality Star,” p. 32) is a member of the magazine’s editorial staff. Paul Rudnick (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 31) contributes regularly to the magazine. “Gorgeous,” his first young-adult novel, came out in April. Stanley Moss (Poem, p. 35) is the author of the poetry…

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the mail

STAND YOUR GROUND Steve Coll, writing about Obama’s position on press leaks, conflates the regrettable persecution of the New York Times reporter James Risen with that of the whistle-blower Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange (Comment, September 2nd). Coll implies that Snowden and Assange were cowardly for not facing the law in the U.S., while Risen, whose reporting and legal fight are indeed heroic, has taken a higher road. Neither Snowden nor Assange is a reporter, nor does either of them work for what is arguably the world’s most powerful newspaper. The two men stayed away from the U.S. because the government is taking increasingly harsh measures against people who dare to shed light on the U.S. intelligence apparatus. Coll refers to Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s response, upon receiving…

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THIS WEEK THE THEATRE FIRST AMENDMENT In 1991, a group of erotic dancers challenged an Indiana State law that banned public nudity, in the U.S. Supreme Court case Barnes vs. Glen Theatre. In “Arguendo,” Elevator Repair Service stages the oral argument, word for word, at the Public. (See page 8.) NIGHT LIFE ALL IN THE FAMILY The T.J. Martell Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money for cancer and AIDS research, was founded by the veteran music executive Tony Martell in 1975 after his son died of cancer. It’s having a Family Day at Roseland, with the singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, the young singer Austin Mahone, and the rising phenom Ed Sheeran. (See page 9.) ART AFTER THE FIDDLER In “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile,” the Jewish Museum exhibits thirty paintings and two dozen works on paper—as well as letters,…

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critic’s notebook: love sprung

When you think about the talented children of famous parents, you don’t necessarily think about their gifts so much as their genes. Could the famous offspring’s renown be based on a kind of molecular nepotism? Would Liza Minnelli really have been Liza without Judy and Vincente? Would Jane Fonda’s righteous American quality be possible if Henry hadn’t gotten there first? I didn’t know who the twenty-six-year-old Condola Rashad’s parents were when I saw her last spring in “The Trip to Bountiful” (which runs through Oct. 9 at the Stephen Sondheim). All I felt, watching her, was excitement; she played her scenes with an unobstructed emotional steadiness that was completely stellar. Now Condola, the only daughter of the iconic actress Phylicia Rashad and the sports star Ahmad Rashad, has left that…

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tables for two: atrium

15 Main St., Brooklyn (718-858-1095)—A meal at Atrium might start with an olive-oil cocktail and oysters, followed by quinoa two ways and a sweet-corn panna cotta. Modern Mediterranean, maybe a little trend-obsessed. But this new restaurant in Dumbo, opened by a team of DB Bistro alums, is also an act of defiance against nature. It’s located around the corner from the carrousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which was engulfed by the East River during Hurricane Sandy, a moment captured in a now iconic photograph that showed the hooves of the glittering horses threatened by water and surrounded by darkness. The photo presaged the havoc Sandy would inflict on the Brooklyn waterfront and its businesses. In Dumbo alone, the River Café, the bobbing grande dame of the borough’s dining scene, was…

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critic’s notebook: may days

The famously publicity-averse filmmaker Chris Marker used the cinema like a giant megaphone, as in the 1962 documentary “Le Joli Mai,” a new restoration of which opens at Film Forum on Sept. 13. Working with the cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, Marker filmed interviews with a wide range of people in and around Paris—poor families in suburban hovels, stockbrokers and their young couriers, African immigrants, workers on strike, utopian architects and engineers—but his archly literary voice-overs (spoken by Yves Montand and Simone Signoret) and supertitles, together with his dryly ironic editing, turn the panoramic vision into an ode to Communist ideals. Yet the interviews—and the filmmakers’ curiosity and empathy—overflow their ideological container and present the idiosyncratic characters tenderly. The movie’s forecast of political upheavals, with allusions to censorship and terrorism, is trumped…