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The New Yorker September 23, 2013

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2 min.

JANET MALCOLM (“NOBODY’S LOOKING AT YOU,” p. 52) is a staff writer. Her most recent books are “Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial” and “Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers,” which was published in May. AMY DAVIDSON (COMMENT, P. 41), a senior editor at the magazine, writes the Close Read blog on newyorker.com. ANNA ALTMAN (THE TALK OF THE TOWN, P. 48) is a member of The New Yorker’s editorial staff. JAMES SUROWIECKI (THE FINANCIAL PAGE, P. 50), the author of “The Wisdom of Crowds,” covers economics, business, and finance for the magazine. ETHAN KUPERBERG (SHOUTS & MURMURS, P. 64) is a writer and director living in Los Angeles. A. E. STALLINGS (POEM, P. 58) has published three collections of poetry, including “Olives,” and a verse translation of Lucretius, “The…

8 min.
the mail

A RESPONSE TO SYRIA Steve Coll’s piece about the Obama Administration’s proposal to retaliate against the Bashar al-Assad regime misperceives the most difficult issue in formulating American policy (Comment, September 9th). It is not about the quantum of proof needed to justify military action. That is part of the discussion in Congress, as it was in Britain’s Parliament. The more serious concern is the efficacy of the proposed response. Proponents of military action assert that it will both express the moral outrage of the American people and deter Assad and his henchmen from further violations of the international social contract. Does recent history provide a reasonable expectation that this tactic will work—especially as a deterrent to further transgressions? Absent broader international consensus, expressing vehement disapproval might be the best option. Steven S.…

47 min.

WHEN NEWS GOT OUT that the eminent British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage was writing an opera about the life of the Playboy model and would-be heiress Anna Nicole Smith, it was greeted with the same you’ve-got-to-be-kidding gossip that bloomed when people heard that John Adams was going to put music in the mouths of Richard Nixon and Mao Tse-tung. But “Anna Nicole,” if less profound than “Nixon in China,” is brilliantly entertaining—and surprisingly sympathetic to its heroine (Sarah Joy Miller, above). BAM stages it, in a co-production with the financially imperilled New York City Opera. ROCK AND POP Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn (800-745-3000)—Sept. 20: Vampire Weekend’ third album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” with its rhythmic complexities,…

2 min.
night life: trix for you

IN MARCH 2012, THE COMPOSER and singer Xenia Rubinos, who is twenty-eight, returned to Brooklyn after a trip to Hallandale, Florida. She had gone there to move her father, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, into a nursing home. Using a Nord keyboard that her family had given her for Christmas and a Boss looping pedal, she started to make what she calls “stupid songs.” Although she had studied music in college for three years, and wrote notated music for orchestral instruments like trombones, she hadn’t created a pop song since high school. She discovered that all of her training fit into a compact form. “Writing music at that moment was like lighting myself on fire,” she said. Later that year, at Bushwick Open Studios, she played keyboard and sang at…

1 min.
food & drink

BAR TAB CENTER BAR 10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, 4th floor (212-823-9482) At 8:46 on the morning of 9/11, when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, Michael Lomonaco, the executive chef of Windows on the World, was in the building’s belowground concourse, where he had stopped to get his glasses fixed. Seventy-nine of the restaurant’s employees were already at work; they were all lost. Lomonaco has since helped raise $22 million for their families. Last year, adjacent to his steak emporium Porter House, Lomonaco opened Center Bar—with chrome finishes to resemble a yacht, and a spectacular view down Fiftyninth Street. “The great cocktail, the small plate of food—Joe Baum did this at Windows with the Hors d’Oeuvrerie,” Lomonaco said. “There is a tribute aspect to Center Bar.” The…

2 min.
tables for two: luksus

What is currently New York’s only beer-tasting menu is served in the back room of a pub in the heart of Polish Greenpoint. Inevitably, it attracts beer fanatics from all over, but there are just twenty-six seats—along with three cooks, and, on any given night, five beers. The first is often It’s Alive! Rhubarb, a sour Belgian ale brewed for Luksus by the cult Copenhagen brewer Mikkeller. On a recent evening, a craft-beer novice said that it tasted a little like grownup Martinelli, but was careful to whisper, because the other twenty-five diners had adopted a hushed reverence—the kind that comes with an extremely competitive reservations process and a long pilgrimage involving the G train. In an era of unprecedented restaurant din, “Have you read ‘The Corrections’?” was the only…