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The New Yorker September 26, 2016

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Evan Osnos (“President Trump,” p. 38) writes about politics and foreign affairs for The New Yorker. He is the author of “Age of Ambition,” which won the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction. Michael Schulman (The Talk of the Town, p. 24; “Model Citizen,” p. 26) is the thea tre editor of Goings On About Town. His book, “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep,” was published earlier this year. Rivka Galchen (“Keeping It Off,” p. 32) has published three books, including “Little Labors,” which came out in May. Simon Rich (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 31) is the creator and showrunner of “Man Seeking Woman,” on FXX. His collection of humor stories, “Spoiled Brats,” is available in paperback. Mark Ulriksen (Cover) has contributed to the magazine since 1994. An exhibition of his work is on view…

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the mail

BEFORE ZIKA The U.S. government’s rapid response to the spread of the Zika virus and the microcephaly associated with it, as chronicled by Siddhartha Mukherjee, is frustrating, given that similar birth defects in the U.S. have been ignored for decades (“The Chase,” August 22nd). Thirty-six years ago, a C.D.C. pilot study suggested a strong correlation between aerial spraying of phenoxy herbicide, which is frequently conducted by the logging industry in Oregon, and a substantial increase in birth defects in the central nervous system, including spina bifida and anencephaly, in which a baby is born with little or no brain. The response of state and federal authorities was to refuse to fund an expanded study. Despite community attempts to ban the chemicals, they continue to be used. Hazards to humans, it seems,…

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goings on about town: this week

George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, who bear a curious resemblance to the comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, are two Upper West Side alter kakers partial to turtlenecks, bra-sniffing, and the oeuvre of Alan Alda. For a time, they hosted a prank series called “Too Much Tuna” on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show.” Now they’re bringing their skeezy-nebbish antics to Broadway, in “Oh, Hello” (starting previews Sept. 23, at the Lyceum), directed by Alex Timbers. “It’s a victory lap for us,” George said recently. NIGHT LIFE ROCK AND POP Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Adele Adele Adkins has set aside six nights in New York to perform songs from her latest record-breaking album, “25.” Whether twenty million albums sold indicates a new standard or…

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art: reality principle

The new retrospective of Walter Robinson’s bright, brushy realist paintings is a blessed event for fans of the storied bohemian artist, art journalist, and man-about-downtown. The subjects include such infectious banalities as pulp-fiction paperback covers, cheeseburgers, kittens, tawdry erotica, liquor bottles, over-thecounter drugs, folded shirts, the artist’s family and friends, and models from mail-order catalogues—there are even a few spin-art paintings. The show almost didn’t come to New York. It opened, last year, at Illinois State University, Normal, curated by Barry Blinderman, who is the director of the school’s gallery and who, like Robinson, is a veteran of the Lower East Side art scene of the nineteen-eighties. But no venue in the city was interested. Then Jeffrey Deitch decided to reopen the SoHo space he closed in 2010 for a…

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classical music: baltic baton

The burgeoning career of the thirtyyear-old Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, the new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, who will make her New York début conducting the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, on Sept. 26, lies at the intersection of two waxing trends in the conducting business. While women have achieved some success on the podium in recent years—in America, Marin Alsop and JoAnn Falletta come to mind—Gražinytė-Tyla is part of a new wave that includes such exciting talents as Susanna Mälkki and Barbara Hannigan (who is also a soprano of extraordinary gifts). Clearly, an inflection point is at hand. Young conductors are also a hot ticket, as the surprising appointments of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra’s Lionel Bringuier, and the Indianapolis Symphony’s…

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goings on about town: above & beyond

Little Red Lighthouse Festival On the shore of the Hudson River sits Jeffrey’s Hook Light, known locally as the Little Red Lighthouse, a shining beacon of Washington Heights. Little Red began its life as a candlelit pole that hung over the Hudson to guide boat traffic, and changed locations several times before finding a home in what became Fort Washington Park. In 1942, the lighthouse was immortalized in the children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” by Hildegard Swift, with imaginative illustrations by Lynd Ward. This week, Urban Park Rangers will give free tours of Little Red, Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse, and families can enjoy fishing clinics, live music, food venders, and readings of Swift’s classic story. (Fort Washington Park, W. 181st St. at Plaza Lafayette. 212-408-0219.…