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The New Yorker April 29, 2019

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James Lasdun (“Glow,” p. 38) is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction. His novel “Afternoon of a Faun” is out this month. Lauren Collins (“Kitchen Companion,” p. 24) has been a staff writer since 2008. Nicholas Lemann (Books, p. 66), a staff writer, is a professor at Columbia’s Journalism School. His new book, “Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream,” comes out in September. Dan Chiasson (Books, p. 76) teaches at Wellesley College and has contributed to the magazine since 2000. Sandra Simonds (Poem, p. 51) has written seven collections of poetry, including “Orlando” and “Further Problems with Pleasure.” Her latest, “Atopia,” will be published in the fall. Hua Hsu (Pop Music, p. 80), a staff writer, is the author of “A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy…

the mail

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE Nicola Twilley, in her insightful piece about the overlooked dangers of indoor air pollution, writes that “a ‘very unhealthy’ designation for outdoor air is rare” in the United States today (“Home Smog,” April 8th). This is true, but it is important to recognize that toxic outdoor air persists, especially in historically marginalized parts of the country. Fresno County, California, where a large percentage of the population is Latino, has one of the highest concentrations of fine particulate matter in the nation, owing to the area’s topography—the surrounding mountains trap air pollutants—and to various pollution sources, such as the city’s dumps and meat-rendering plants. Research conducted by the University of Chicago has found that air-pollution levels have remained effectively unchanged in Fresno since 1970, even though they have…

goings on about town: this week

The Polish-German sculptor Alicja Kwade makes art out of stone and steel, but her real materials are time and space. One past project was inspired by wormholes, and “ParaPivot,” her new installation, on the roof of the Met (through Oct. 27), suggests parallel solar systems. As you walk amid the big polished spheres, some of which are suspended overhead, don’t think about gravity—think of the fact that, while you’re at the museum, you’re also on a sphere spinning through space. DANCE New York City Ballet David H. Koch In the first week of the season, the company dances two alternating programs of works created for it in the twenty-first century, in addition to William Forsythe’s “Herman Schmerman,” from 1992. Forsythe’s subversion of balletic conventions—courtly manners, gender roles, hierarchy—began a conversation that is still very…

tables for two: wayan

According to its Web site, Wayan, a new restaurant on a prime block of Nolita, offers “Indonesian cuisine with a modern French flair”—a description that feels borrowed from an era when it was in vogue for Western chefs and restaurateurs to suggest that food from countries in, say, Asia or Africa needed to be refined by European ingredients and techniques. In the dining room, there’s décor to match: traditional teak wall carvings and antique figurines are paired with spangly light fixtures, a sleek marble bar, Italian leather chairs, and asymmetrical ceramic plates, for an effect that evokes an upscale, foreign-owned Balinese resort. In Wayan’s defense, it’s a concept that the owners come by honestly: they are Cédric Vongerichten—who is the chef de cuisine at Perry St, in the West Village, which…

comment: what mueller found

“This is terrible,” President Donald Trump said, at a meeting in the Oval Office on May 17, 2017, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions told him of the appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel. Mueller’s mandate was to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, the Trump campaign’s possible coördination with those efforts, and related matters. According to notes taken by Jody Hunt, Sessions’s chief of staff, who was present, Trump said, “This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.” He then turned his wrath on the Attorney General, who had recused himself from the investigation, even though his job, Trump said angrily, was to protect him: “How could you let this happen, Jeff?” The description of that confrontation, in Mueller’s four-hundred-and-forty-eight-page report, which was released, with redactions,…

the bench: lehman’s liquidators

On a Saturday evening last month, two judges walked into a bar—O.K., a restaurant: Bella Blu, on the Upper East Side, where the pre-theatre crowd was fuelling up for “The Lehman Trilogy,” at the Park Avenue Armory. The play tells the story of Lehman Brothers, from the firm’s founding, in 1850, by a trio of Bavarian-Jewish immigrants in Montgomery, Alabama, to its collapse, at 1:45 a.m. on September 15, 2008, when it filed for bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, triggering the global financial meltdown. Enter the judges, James Peck and Shelley Chapman. The case was assigned to Peck’s docket. Several years later, he retired, and Chapman took over. Between them, they have presided over many thousands of Lehman-related hearings, involving more than a trillion dollars in claims.…