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The New Yorker January 21, 2019

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Dana Goodyear (“Blurred Lines,” p. 32), a staff writer, is the author of “Honey and Junk,” “The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard,” and “Anything That Moves.” Joshua Rothman (“Choose Wisely,” p. 26) is the magazine’s archive editor and a frequent contributor to Salvatore Scibona (Fiction, p. 52) directs the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, at the New York Public Library. His second novel, “The Volunteer,” will be out in March. Hannah Goldfield (Tables for Two, p. 11) is the magazine’s food critic. She has contributed to The New Yorker since 2010. Pascal Campion (Cover), an illustrator, is an art director for animation studios in Southern California. Toi Derricotte (Poem, p. 48) co-founded the Cave Canem Foundation, with Cornelius Eady, in 1996. Her latest book, “‘I’: New and Selected Poems,” will be published in March. Jiayang…

the mail

REEFER MADNESS? In Malcolm Gladwell’s article about the consequences of marijuana legalization and promotion, he omits a vital detail: the Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes marijuana, like heroin, as a Schedule 1 drug—a substance with no medical value and a high potential for abuse (“Unwatched Pot,” January 14th). This makes it nearly impossible for scientists to conduct clinical trials on its use. Gladwell laments the absence of such research without identifying the primary roadblock—the federal government. In summarizing the case against pot, Gladwell airs the views of Alex Berenson, whose alarmist book about marijuana use and violence relies on a questionable patchwork of incomplete research and anecdotal observations. Whether or not marijuana can cause or aggravate mental illness is an important question, deserving of the kind of study that is currently made…

goings on about town: this week

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1981 musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” closed after just sixteen performances on Broadway, but its afterlife has been long. The story, about three friends who drift apart as they navigate show business, is told in reverse, starting with disillusioned middle age and winding back to idealistic youth. Fiasco Theatre, the Roundabout’s scrappy company-in-residence, is staging a six-person revival at the Laura Pels (in previews), where it previously presented a D.I.Y. version of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” NIGHT LIFE Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Eddie Palmieri Blue Note Eddie Palmieri’s new album, “Mi Luz Mayor,” is dedicated to his late wife, Iraida, and includes songs they would dance to; judging from the propulsive performances that this giant of Latin music…

tables for two: yummy tummy

The first dish I saw upon walking into Yummy Tummy, a new restaurant on Northern Boulevard, in Flushing, was the first dish I ordered. The choice couldn’t have been more obvious: there was one on almost every table, a big, round platter of hacked-up blue crabs coated in a thick, pink, chili-flecked sauce and surrounded by a ring of glistening fried buns. I’d never seen it before in New York—except on a movie screen, during a showing of “Crazy Rich Asians,” in which the American protagonist is introduced to Singapore with a feast from the food stalls at one of the city’s renowned “hawker centers.” Singaporeans are famously food obsessed. They’re also incredibly diverse: the population of the island city-state numbered less than a thousand before it was colonized by the…

comment: on the border

President Donald Trump doesn’t like to be alone, it seems, at least not during a government-shutdown fight. During the holidays, he complained about having to stay in the White House and work while his wife, Melania, flew to Mar-a-Lago. (“Poor me.”) Last Thursday, the twentieth day of the partial shutdown, when he travelled to inspect the border near McAllen, Texas, he brought along the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen; Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers (a potential wall-builder); and Sean Hannity, of Fox News. Trump also kept the state’s two Republican senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, close at hand. They walked with him along the Rio Grande, as he met with Customs and Border Patrol agents. When the President asked an agent…

long, strange trip: back to start

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo stunned North Brooklyn residents by cancelling a long-planned fifteen-month shutdown of the L train, which connects the area to Manhattan. In a call with reporters, he attributed the reversal to an engineering breakthrough, and to the intervention of an unnamed Brooklynite who, the Governor claimed, grabbed him by the lapels during a campaign stop and demanded that Cuomo look him in the eye and tell him that the shutdown was the best plan. “I’m not an engineer, I don’t really know,” Cuomo recalled telling the man. “He said, ‘But they told you that you couldn’t build a new bridge at the Tappan Zee, didn’t they?’ I said yes. He said, ‘But you did it, didn’t you?’ I said yes. He said, ‘Well, did you ever…