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The New Yorker January 7, 2019

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Patrick Radden Keefe (“Winning,” p. 30) is a staff writer. His new book, “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland,” will be published in the U.S. in February. Lauren Collins (“Post and Riposte,” p. 24) has been a staff writer since 2008. She is the author of “When in French: Love in a Second Language.” Taymour Soomro (Fiction, p. 56) is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. This is his first fiction publication. Paige Williams (The Talk of the Town, p. 17), a staff writer since 2015, is the author of “The Dinosaur Artist.” Matt Whitaker (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 23) is a comedy writer for Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Heather Christle (Poem, p. 52) is the author of, most recently, the poetry collection…

the mail

ATTICUS TRUMP? Casey Cep’s piece on “To Kill a Mockingbird” discusses the recent revisionist view of Atticus Finch as a flawed, less-than-heroic figure (A Critic at Large, December 17th). The new Broadway adaptation of the novel, written by Aaron Sorkin, appears to give credence to this reading, with a reimagined Atticus who suggests that there are good people on both sides of a lynch mob. As Cep notes, Sorkin has implied that Atticus’s empathy is somehow analogous to President Trump’s comments after the violent confrontation in Charlottesville. In reality, they couldn’t be more different. Trump seemed to be signalling that white supremacists are morally fine just the way they are; Atticus believes that, through civility and an effort to understand the perspective of others, he might be able to help racists…

goings on about town: this week

The Illustrious Blacks (above) describe their origins in galactic terms: Manchildblack and Monstah Black were kings of separate planets, until an “inexplicable ultramagnetic pull” brought them together. Here on Earth, they perform disco-infused Afrofuturist funk while channelling the androgynous glamour of Prince, David Bowie, and Grace Jones. (They’re also a married couple.) Their show “Hyperbolic!” is part of “Under the Radar” (Jan. 3-13), the Public’s annual emporium of the avant-garde and the out of this world. NIGHT LIFE Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives; it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. Fred Hersch Trio Village Vanguard Fred Hersch’s pianistic gifts are legendary, but his uncanny ability to assemble perfectly calibrated trios should not be taken for granted. Over the past decade, he’s had a winning combination in the bassist John Hebert and…

tables for two: taladwat

When dining out in New York, the spectre of crippling indecision lurks around every corner. Once you get past the overwhelming question of where to eat, you’re still faced with the menu: what to order? Taladwat, a new Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen—a collaboration between David and Vanida Bank, of the nearby Pure Thai Cookhouse and Land Thai Kitchen, on the Upper West Side, and Brian Ghaw, of Feast, in the East Village, which offers family-style meals—provides an easy answer to both of these questions. First of all, you should eat there. Second, the concept is “pick & mix”: each diner chooses two of the menu’s roughly two dozen dishes, which come perfectly portioned in small ceramic bowls, a scoop of jasmine or red rice on the side. Go with a…

comment: unforeseen

Prophecy is a mug’s game. But then, lately, most of us are mugs. 2018 was a banner year for the art of prediction, which is not to say the science, because there really is no science of prediction. Predictive algorithms start out as historians: they study historical data to detect patterns. Then they become prophets: they devise mathematical formulas that explain the pattern, test the formulas against historical data withheld for the purpose, and use the formulas to make predictions about the future. That’s why Amazon, Google, Facebook, and everyone else are collecting your data to feed to their algorithms: they want to turn your past into your future. This task, like most things, used to be done by hand. In 1968, the Foreign Policy Association, formed in 1918 to promote…

ingenuity dept.: man vs. mouse

Craig Avedisian, a litigator and situational genius, lives on an Upper East Side residential block with its share of wildlife. At some point, virtually every New York City building not recently constructed and exactingly sealed has—within the walls, or burrowing in the basement—mice. The co-op apartment that Avedisian occupies with his wife, Carla van de Walle, and their two children, in a six-story prewar building, is meticulously tidy. Still, mice. Last March, Avedisian sent the first in a series of e-mails to fellow-members of the co-op’s board, itemizing sightings (or droppings)—under the refrigerator, inside cupboards, in a knife drawer, sleeping it off in a garbage can, running free in daylight, drunk on the fragrance of sizzling bacon. The month had begun on a more propitious note, when Avedisian was announced as…