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The New Yorker September 5, 2016

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Joshua Yaffa (“After the Revolutions,” p. 40) is a New Yorker contributor based in Moscow. He is also a fellow at New America. Steve Coll (Comment, p. 17), the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia, has published seven books, including “Ghost Wars.” Emma Allen (“You Had to Be There,” p. 24) has been a member of the magazine’s editorial staff since 2012. Billy Collins (Poem, p. 26), a former U.S. Poet Laureate, will publish “The Rain in Portugal,” his twelfth book of poems, in October. Hallie Cantor ( Shouts & Murmurs, p. 31) is a writer living in Brooklyn. She recently wrote for the NBC show “Maya & Marty.” Christoph Niemann (Cover) is the author of “Words,” a visual dictionary for children, and “Sunday Sketching,” a book of illustrations of his creative…

3 min.
the mail

HAUNTED BY GUANTÁNAMO I had just returned from Guantánamo Bay when I read Connie Bruck’s searing account, “Why Obama Has Failed to Close Guantánamo” (August 1st). As the Obama Administration has floundered through the challenges and failures identified by Bruck, a new generation has grown up in a world in which Guantánamo has always existed. The ongoing detention and torture at the prison—which turns fifteen in January— as well as the ongoing fight to close it, occurs largely outside mainstream media coverage or public consciousness. But the prison’s continued existence poses a threat to the rule of law and to human rights. Guantánamo was once called the “battle lab” for a reason—it has served as a testing site for future abuses. Without public engagement and pressure, an offshore prison housing individuals…

38 min.
goings on about town: this week

AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 “Say, man, there’s a woman who can sing some rock and roll!” Jerry Lee Lewis once said of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Tharpe toured the revival circuit with her mother before becoming the first gospel recording star. (Her mean guitar licks inspired the likes of Elvis Presley.) “Marie and Rosetta,” a new play with music by George Brant (in previews, at the Atlantic Theatre Company), finds Tharpe (Kecia Lewis, right) rehearsing with her protégée, Marie Knight (Rebecca Naomi Jones). MOVIES OPENING The Light Between Oceans Derek Cianfrance directed this drama, about a First World War veteran (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander), lighthouse keepers off the coast of Australia, who adopt a foundling. Opening Sept. 2. (In wide release.) •Max Rose Jerry Lewis…

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night life: of the cloth

Of the Cloth Kanye West is back on tour. In a recent magazine published by the singer Frank Ocean, Kanye West shares a poem about French fries. Specifically, about McDonald’s French fries, which, he writes, “have a plan.” The fries and their plan inspire envy from the McNuggets, the salad, the ketchup, and even the McRib (“And he only be there some of the time”). Accompanying the poem is a photo spread, by Nabil Elderkin, of West at a McDonald’s takeout window, grabbing a bag from a reportedly seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand-dollar Lamborghini. “First nigga with a Benz and a backpack,” West rapped on his début album, “The College Dropout,” from 2004, toying with symbols of an old binary: the luxury cars of rap’s late-nineties maximalist period and the scrapbook-stuffed JanSports toted by the era’s…

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the theatre: lady’s choice

In the New York of yore, amazing performers like the B-52s, RuPaul, and Lady Bunny came out of the American South with lots to say about fun and about the splendor to be found in being tacky, and more than a little political dialogue about what it meant to be different in a conservative Christian milieu. Like the above-mentioned great band and future brand, Lady Bunny first got her act together in Georgia, at a time when Atlanta was a hothouse for drag of all kinds. (The B-52 is Southern slang for a torpedo-shaped hairdo.) Bunny was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she was often the only boy taking tap and jazz-dance classes. When she moved to Atlanta, in 1982, Bunny became part of the scene that revolved around Larry Tee,…

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goings on about town: above & beyond

West Indian Day Carnival Carnival returns to Crown Heights, a Labor Day tradition that’s capped summers in Brooklyn for decades. Rooted in the masquerade balls of Versailles, transported to the Caribbean via French colonialism, and disseminated through the African diaspora, the parade remains a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar. Revellers march down the four lanes of Eastern Parkway, in central Brooklyn, wearing extravagant, hand-stitched costumes, as floats carry booming speakers and performers of several Caribbean-grown sounds, including soca, calypso, and dancehall. (Parade starts at Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave., and continues through Grand Army Plaza. wiadcacarnival.org. Sept. 5.) Great North River Tugboat Race At this historic Hudson River tugboat race, now in its twenty-fourth year, viewers can get an up-close view of the action from the Circle Line Spectator Boat, which cruises…