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The New Yorker December 17, 2018

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Ariel Levy (“Frustration, I Love You,” p. 34), a staff writer, published the memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply” in 2017.David Owen (“Here’s Looking at You,” p. 28) is the author of “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River,” based on his 2015 New Yorker article “Where the River Runs Dry.”Elizabeth Kolbert (Comment, p. 15), a staff writer since 1999, won a Pulitzer Prize for her book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.”John Cuneo (Cover) has contributed drawings to the magazine since 1994. “Not Waving but Drawing,” a collection of his sketchbook work, came out last year.Alexandra Schwartz (The Theatre, p. 76) became a staff writer in 2016.Blythe Roberson (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 27) is a contributor to the Onion and to Her début book,…

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the mail

HEAVY METALSSam Knight’s article on proteomics presents exciting research possibilities for humanists, but it would have benefitted from a more critical discussion of the conclusions drawn by the scientists spearheading these new methods (“Hidden Traces,” November 26th). For instance, Gleb Zilberstein and Pier Giorgio Righetti concluded from the “traces of gold, silver, lead, and arsenic” they found on Johannes Kepler’s papers that the author must have been an alchemist. But how can we be certain that Kepler—and not any of the hundreds of people who may have handled these manuscripts after him—was the one who had metals on his hands? Such a hasty conclusion overlooks basic facts about how early-modern manuscripts were circulated. Taking a few molecules of metal as evidence that Kepler was an alchemist seems analogous to taking…

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goings on about town: this week

(PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE HARRIES)In 2012, Kevin Beasley, then a grad student at Yale, drove to the outskirts of Selma, Alabama, to buy a century-old motor (above) that had powered a cotton gin for thirty years, during both the Jim Crow and the civil-rights eras. At the Whitney Museum, Beasley sequesters the still operational one-ton machine in a soundproof glass box and transmits the audio into the adjacent room—a politically conscious twist on the late Robert Morris’s 1961 piece “Box with the Sound of Its Own Making.” The show opens Dec. 15.NIGHT LIFEMusicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements.Ikue MoriThe Stone at the New SchoolIt’s hard to imagine New York’s experimental music scene—with its fertile mashup of avant rock, jazz, and new…

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tables for two: sans

Long gone are the days when vegan restaurants in New York were limited to places like Candle 79, a sort of bistro on the Upper East Side trading in unapologetically hippie-ish fare like black-bean burgers, seitan piccata, and spaghetti and wheat balls. We have vegan diners now, serving comfort food like vegan tatertachos and Nashville Hot Chik’n sandwiches, vegan fast-casual chains and bakeries, vegan omakase counters, and vegan dim-sum parlors. We have big-name chefs—Jean-Georges Vongerichten, John Fraser, and Brooks Headley among them—operating buzzy vegetarian restaurants (abcV, Nix, and Superiority Burger, respectively), where it’s easy to eat vegan. We even have vegan foie gras.Does a vegan want to eat foie gras? And would an omnivore give up animal products if it meant she didn’t have to give up things like foie…

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comment: coal for christmas

(ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOÃO FAZENDA)Last week, representatives from around the world gathered to begin another round of climate negotiations in Katowice, a city in the heart of Poland’s coal-mining country. Delegates arriving at the meeting, known in United Nations-speak as a Conference of the Parties, or COP, were treated to an outdoor performance by a Polish coal miners’ band. Inside the convention pavilions, they found mounds of coal displayed behind glass, like objets d’art, as well as arrangements of coal-based cosmetics and coal-encrusted jewelry. Poland gets about eighty per cent of its electricity from coal, the most carbon-intensive of carbon-based fuels, and the Polish President, Andrzej Duda, noted in his opening remarks that the country had enough as yet unmined supplies to last another two centuries. “It would be hard not…

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the pictures: balancing act

Winds from the east, and a mist coming in, rolled over Brooklyn Heights the other day, bringing Emily Mortimer, the British actress, to the door of a coffee shop. Finding a seat, she recalled a song from “Mary Poppins,” the 1964 Disney film, in which Mrs. Banks, the mother of Jane and Michael, wears a “Votes for Women” sash and sings cheerfully of throwing off “the shackles of yesterday.” (“Take heart, for Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!”) “There’s a part where she goes”—Mortimer paused, then began to sing—“‘Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they’re rather stupid.’” She beamed. “It’s just so perfect!”That early Technicolor rendering of a plucky suffragette, enthusiastic about her cause but forgetful of her children, has sparked debate ever…