The New Yorker

The New Yorker April 20, 2020

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Jane Mayer (“Enabler-in-Chief,” p. 54), the magazine’s chief Washington correspondent, is the author of “Dark Money.” Nick Paumgarten (“The Price of a Pandemic,” p. 20) has been writing for the magazine since 2000. Julia Story (Poem, p. 61) is the author of “Post-Moxie.” Her new poetry collection is “Spinster for Hire.” Ben Lerner (Fiction, p. 68) was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015. His latest book, “The Topeka School,” was published last year. Madeleine Schwartz (Books, p. 77), a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, created the Ballot, a Web site that reports on elections taking place outside the United States in 2020. Mark Peterson (Portfolio, p. 46) is a photographer based in New York City. He has published the books “Acts of Charity” and “Political Theatre.” Michael Specter (“The Good Doctor,” p.…

the mail

THE LONG GAME Susan B. Glasser, in her piece about the Republican operative Sarah Longwell, writes that Longwell, unlike many Republicans, “did not make her accommodations, political and moral, with the new President” (“Hope Dies Last,” March 30th). Although Longwell is certainly resisting Donald Trump now, she is still a member of the party that made his ascendancy possible. The G.O.P. that Longwell joined at the turn of the twenty-first century was the same party that welcomed white people who resented Lyndon B. Johnson’s civil-rights legislation. It also ignored the AIDS epidemic, which killed hundreds of thousands of mostly gay, black, brown, and poor Americans. Ronald Reagan pushed to deregulate corporations and slash taxes for the wealthy, intensifying inequality. He also courted the religious right, which roundly rejects scientific truths, and he…

goings on about town: this week

APRIL 15 – 21, 2020 Baseball games are on hold until further notice, but fans can delve into the history of America’s favorite pastime via a surprising source—MetMuseum.org. The Metropolitan Museum owns thirty thousand vintage baseball cards, and fifteen thousand of them are online (including the four above, from 1933). They were donated by Jefferson R. Burdick, a New York electrician who died in 1963. Although it’s believed that Burdick never attended a game, he invented a catalogue system that’s still used by collectors today. MUSIC Flat Worms: “Antarctica” PUNK A basic tenet of high-octane rock music is to make as disobedient a racket as possible, preferably in the least amount of time. Certain arty corners of punk rock add an ambitious proviso: create this din while appearing well read. Los Angeles’s Flat Worms…

tables for two: jalsa grill & gravy

“I’m a chaat person,” explained Nowshin Ali the other day, over FaceTime. We were discussing the menu at Jalsa Grill & Gravy, the restaurant she coowns with her business partner, Anurag Shrivastava, in Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan, south of Prospect Park. Ali and Shrivastava met while co-managing a nearby Afghani restaurant; in 2018, they opened their own place, featuring the food of their native India. For Ali, who immigrated to the U.S. with her young son in 2013, this means the signature dishes of Lucknow, her home town, including chaats and biryani. Chaats are defined on Jalsa’s menu as well as I’ve ever seen: “crispy-crunchy-spicy-tangy Indian snacks.” In India, they’re often sold on the street; in the U.S., they’re treated like appetizers. Was I a chaat person before I tried Jalsa’s iterations?…

comment: the politics of the virus

When has New York known a grimmer week? The sirens are unceasing. Funeral parlors are overwhelmed. Refrigerator trailers are now in service as morgues, and can be found parked outside hospitals all over town. We’re told that there are “glimmers of hope,” that hospital admissions are slowing, that the curve is flattening. Yet the misery is far from over. “The bad news isn’t just bad,” New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said at one of his briefings last week. “The bad news is actually terrible.” Across the country, the coronavirus continues to ravage the confined and the vulnerable, from inmates of the Cook County jail, in Chicago, to workers at the Tyson Foods poultry plant in Camilla, Georgia. Data from a variety of reliable sources show that African-Americans, who suffer disproportionately from…

bronx traffic: showing the way

Every morning at eight, Maria Lopez sets up a folding table at the entrance of Lincoln Hospital, in the South Bronx. People who visit her table are often scared or angry or both. She wears old sneakers and jeans, with a mask and gloves. Recently, the hospital gave her a pair of goggles. “We get spit at,” Lopez said the other day. “We also get cursed at, people flip over the table, you name it.” Lincoln has the busiest emergency department in the city, and Lopez’s job is to be a traffic controller. Her responsibilities include anything outside of direct medical care. Each person who comes to the hospital must stop at her table. If people come with coughs, Lopez directs them to a room where they can get tested. Next…