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The New Yorker January 28, 2019

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Robert A. Caro (“Turn Every Page,” p. 34) has won two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and three National Book Critics Circle Awards. His new book, “Working,” will be published in April. Jill Lepore (“Hard News,” p. 18) is a professor of history at Harvard. Her latest book, “These Truths: A History of the United States,” came out in September. Haruki Murakami (Fiction, p. 60) published his fifteenth novel in English, “Killing Commendatore,” in October. Charles Bethea (The Talk of the Town, p. 16), a staff writer, has contributed to The New Yorker since 2008. Lisa Russ Spaar (Poem, p. 54) directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia. Her latest poetry collection is “Orexia.” John Cuneo (Cover) has contributed drawings to the magazine since 1994. “Not Waving but Drawing,” a collection…

the mail

HELL IS A PLACE ON EARTH Vinson Cunningham, in his exploration of the concept of Hell, draws an interesting connection between Hell and imprisonment, noting that prison abolitionism might be considered “a kind of secular universalism” (Books, January 21st). But getting rid of prisons is also a non-secular cause. I’m the founder of Christians for the Abolition of Prisons, an organization that believes the closure of prisons is a promise of the Christian faith. In the Book of Luke, Jesus proclaims that all prisoners will be set free in the Kingdom of God. Furthermore, if Jesus already bore punishment for our sins—and, therefore, for all our crimes—then we no longer need a justice system to dole out additional retribution. There’s a strong Biblical case to be made for replacing prisons with…

goings on about town

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989, at the age of forty-two, cast a classicizing eye on subjects both conventional (calla lilies) and controversial (the underground S & M scene). As his muse and friend Patti Smith has written, “He will be condemned and adored. His excesses damned or romanticized. In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist.” On Jan. 25, the Guggenheim opens its yearlong two-part exhibition “Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now.” NIGHT LIFE Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Vijay Iyer Jazz Standard With a Whitmanesque musical presence, the pianist, composer, bandleader, and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer contains multitudes: his of-the-moment playing and writing can be strikingly baroque or emotively spare, with plenty…

tables for two: leonti

Perhaps woman cannot live on bread alone, but after dinner at Leonti, a new restaurant on the Upper West Side, she cannot be blamed for wanting to. On a recent evening, an amuse-bouche of beef brodo, scented with cinnamon and served in porcelain tureens the size of eggcups, was followed by durum-wheat focaccia so good I could have made a meal of it. Sliced thinly, it bore a burnished bronze crust, slightly slick with olive oil, a bubbled, stretchy interior, the distinct tang of fermentation, and just the right amount of salt. It needed nothing, though a slather of perfectly tempered cultured butter made it that much more magnificent. The chef, Adam Leonti, has a special penchant for grains, which he mills himself to make bread, pasta, and pastries, a practice…

comment: making the case

When William Barr testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee as President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, he gave the impression that he would be an aberrational figure in the Administration. Unlike many members of the President’s Cabinet, Barr is experienced, knowledgeable, and clearly qualified, in any formal sense, for the job, which he has held before, under President George H.W. Bush. In addition, he has a reputation for integrity and straight dealing. Most of the questions at his confirmation hearing concerned the work of Robert Mueller, the special counsel, whom Barr will supervise if he is confirmed. He made a convincing case that he would allow Mueller to complete his investigation of President Trump. He was less definitive about how much of Mueller’s report he would release, but…

dept. of demolition: boom

The best place to watch the Tappan Zee Bridge blow up, this past Tuesday, seemed to be slightly north of Lyndhurst, the old Jay Gould estate, in Tarrytown. Andy Aaron, an I.B.M. Research employee who commutes from Nyack to Yorktown Heights over the bridge’s new four-billion-dollar replacement, spent several days scouting viewing locations along the Hudson River, and eventually found a steep trail leading from the estate grounds down toward train tracks on the Hudson Line. A fallen tree had knocked out a section of chain-link fence, enabling passage onto railroad property. Aaron brought a folding chair and wore “every damn item of winter clothing I own,” he said. He had an unobstructed view of the defunct bridge and could see, perched on the easternmost of the two remaining trusses,…