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The New Yorker February 18-25, 2019

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Adam Entous (“Deception, Inc.,” p. 44) is a staff writer. Previously, he was a reporter for the Washington Post, where his team won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Donald Antrim (“Everywhere and Nowhere,” p. 68) has written several books. Most recently, he published “The Emerald Light in the Air,” a collection of stories. Patricia Marx (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 37; Sketchbook, p. 56) is a staff writer. Her new book,“Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions,” illustrated by Roz Chast, will be published in April. Michael Schulman (“A Living Document,” p. 38) has contributed to the magazine since 2006. He is the author of “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep.” Joan Acocella (Dancing, p. 82) became the magazine’s dance critic in 1998. Ilya Kaminsky (Poem, p.…

the mail

SEPARATE BUT EQUAL Louis Menand, in his piece on the history of Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of segregation laws, reminds us that “segregation began in the North, where it was the product not of the practice of slavery but of Negrophobia” (“In the Eye of the Law,” February 4th). It’s important to note that racial separation (i.e., segregation) was embedded and practiced in states above the Mason-Dixon Line long before the Plessy decision. As early as the eighteen-forties, black and white abolitionists in Boston had waged successful campaigns against anti-miscegenation laws and racial separation in public schools. They were met with considerable resistance. In Roberts v. the City of Boston, in 1850, Judge Lemuel Shaw upheld separation in schools, arguing that the principle of…

goings on about town

All hip-hop swagger and personified funk, Anderson. Paak makes music that radiates with farsighted imagination, unfettered humor, and an astute appreciation for craft. His voice, a gravelly, soul-filled rasp, allows him to transform from quick-witted rapper into smooth-talking Lothario with ease. California cool permeates his albums, but when he and his band, the Free Nationals—.Paak is the lead vocalist and the drummer—take the stage at Hammerstein Ballroom, on Feb. 22, expect a kinetic, one-of-a-kind jam session. THE THEATRE The American Tradition 13th Street Repertory The title of Ray Yamanouchi’s new play could refer to its subject, slavery, or to this country’s skill at wrestling entertainment out of unlikely topics—in this case, the tale of two nineteenth-century runaways trying to make their way north. The light-skinned Eleanor (Sydney Cole Alexander) crosses racial and gender barriers…

tables for two

Barca 44 Navy Pier Ct., Staten Island It’s tempting to underestimate Staten Island, a borough whose main attractions include a public park built on a landfill called Fresh Kills. The other night at Barca, a new Italian seafood restaurant in Stapleton, a neighborhood on the island’s northeastern coast, a server couldn’t resist delivering a self-deprecating, faux-pretentious riff on the local water: “Do you want frizzante, or Staten Island tap? Staten Island tap, it’s a little volcanic!” The water may not have been volcanic, but the wine was. On another evening, I asked for a recommendation—a crisp, mineraly red that would pair well with fish. One of Barca’s owners, Vic Rallo, wearing a camo-print trucker hat, launched into a detailed explanation of the 2017 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso, which originated in the…

the talk of the town

COMMENT HOUSE CLEANING The crisis of democracy that has attended Donald Trump’s Presidency has visibly manifested itself in challenges to the free press, the judiciary, and the intelligence agencies, but among its more corrosive effects has been the corruption of basic mathematics. Since the 2016 election, Trump has periodically rage-tweeted about an alleged three million non-citizens whose ballots delivered the popular-vote majority to Hillary Clinton. His fulminations were a fanciful extension of the Republican Party’s concern, despite all evidence to the contrary, that American elections are riddled with voter fraud. The math does, however, support a different number—one that truthfully points to how American democracy is being undermined. Nearly two million fewer African-Americans voted in the 2016 election than did in 2012. That decline can be attributed, in part, to the fact that…

taboo dept.

CODE RED Several years ago, when Helen Yenser was a senior at Oakwood School, a private K-12 school in North Hollywood, she stood up in front of her class and talked about menstruating. “After I gave my presentation, there was this pause,”she said.“The coolest guy in my grade was, like,‘Did she just talk about her period? That’s the coolest thing.’” The other week, Yenser was back on campus to attend the weekly meeting of the Pad Project, a school club she launched after learning, on a field trip to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, about the struggles of girls and women in countries with deep taboos around menstruation. In 2016, the club raised money to send a low-tech pad-making machine—comprising a grinder, a block, a press, and an…