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Ben Taub (“Shallow Graves,” p. 54) is a staff writer. This piece was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Jianying Zha (“Tourist Trap,” p. 38) has published “China Pop,” “Tide Players,” and five books in Chinese. She lives in Beijing and New York. Jeffrey Toobin (“Trump’s Red Line,” p. 30), a staff writer, is the author of “American Heiress,” “The Oath,” and “The Nine,” among other books. Mary Gaitskill (Fiction, p. 72) has written three novels and three short-story collections. Her most recent book is “Somebody with a Little Hammer,” a collection of essays. Dylan Kerr (The Talk of the Town, p. 28) is a member of The New Yorker’s editorial staff. Ian Frazier (Poem, p. 77) has contributed to the magazine since 1974, and has written “Greetings, Friends!” annually since 2012. Susan B.…

the mail

THE UNREAL WORLD One category of authorial deception to add to Louis Menand’s survey of literary hoaxes is the false-memory narrative (A Critic at Large, December 10th). In 1995, Binjamin Wilkomirski, a musician living in Switzerland, published “Fragments: Memories of a Childhood,” an account of his experience as a Latvian Jewish child imprisoned in a Polish concentration camp. Literary critics hailed the book’s authenticity, and it won the National Jewish Book Award. Several years later, a Swiss journalist, the son of a Holocaust survivor, accused Wilkomirski of fabricating his identity and his story. Wilkomirski’s literary agency then commissioned an investigation from a Swiss historian, who reached the same conclusion. (Wilkomirski denied the claims.) These revelations were complicated, however, by the possibility that Wilkomirski might have sincerely believed his own narrative. As…

goings on about town: this week

Last month, the distinguished trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his quintet (with a lift from his daughter) ushered in the Christmas spirit with a swinging recording of “Winter Wonderland.” Now Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, along with the promising vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift, offer “Big Band Holidays,” a program brimming with seasonal confections, both classic and reimagined. The series arrives on Dec. 19, with dollops of carefree nostalgia and abundant cheer, like all good traditions. ART “Andy Warhol” Whitney Museum Almost everything on display in this splendid, though inevitably too small, retrospective, organized by the museum’s senior curator, Donna De Salvo, feels, even now, definitively new. The show hits the most famous points—the Marilyns and the Elvises, the Jackies and the Maos—and some that are lesser known, such as precocious…

tables for two: benno / leonelli taberna

The other night at Benno, a new restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel, I had to wonder if a pair of couples sitting at the bar were plants: they were dressed, like guests at a Jay Gatsby soirée, in full nineteen-twenties attire, the women in sequinned flapper gowns, feathered headpieces, and boas, the men in crisp tuxedos. Their presence put a fine point on the fact that the Evelyn is an immaculately preserved Beaux Arts-era building and that Benno, situated in what used to be the ladies’ lounge, is a restaurant for capital-“F” Fine Dining. It’s one of three places to eat in the Evelyn, a mini-empire under the rule of Jonathan Benno, whom you might call a chef’s chef—far from a household name but deeply respected in the restaurant industry, thanks…

comment: run, republicans, run

Like many people, James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, has been thinking about the best way for the Presidency of Donald Trump to end. Interviewed in New York last week, Comey said that his own, possibly “weird” thought is that impeachment is not the ideal course; for one thing, it would let voters “off the hook” in 2020. “We need a clear jump upward, and it will come from tens of millions of Americans,” he told his interviewer, Nicolle Wallace. But Comey put the burden on the Democrats, saying, “They have to win.” In response, Trump tweeted that Comey had “just totally exposed his partisan stance by urging his fellow Democrats to take back the White House in 2020.” (Comey says that he’s an independent.) He added, “Comey had no right…

odd jobs: fa la la

On a recent morning, Elizabeth Chan, America’s most successful, and perhaps only, full-time Christmas-song singer-slash-composer, was waiting in a dingy back corridor of Macy’s to meet Santa. Ahead of her in line, children whined and shopping bags rustled. A tinny karaoke version of “Deck the Halls” piped through the department-store speakers. Chan groaned. “It’s really generic,” she said, of the song. But Santa was Santa, and Chan thought it would be nice for her eighteen-month-old-daughter, Noelle, to meet him. “Everybody has the luxury of dealing with Santa for only a month,” Chan said. She wore a black knit cap and a burgundy coat, and pushed Noelle in a stroller. But, she said, in her household it’s “a year-round issue.” In 2012, Chan quit her job as an executive at Condé Nast to…