The New Yorker

The New Yorker

July 26, 2021

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Rachel Aviv (“The Kentler Experiment,” p. 32), a staff writer, won a 2020 Front Page Award for her story about a COVID-19 outbreak in an Arkansas prison. R. Kikuo Johnson (Comic Strip, p. 28) teaches cartooning at the Rhode Island School of Design. His graphic novel “No One Else” will be out in November. David Biespiel (Poem, p. 58) is the author of numerous books, including the poetry collection “Republic Café” and the memoir “A Place of Exodus.” Margaret Talbot (Books, p. 72) has been a staff writer since 2004. Her latest book, with David Talbot, is “By the Light of Burning Dreams.” Christoph Niemann (Cover) most recently published “Pianoforte,” about the struggle and the joy of learning to play the piano as a grownup. Hannah Goldfield (Tables for Two, p. 13), the magazine’s food…

the mail

PLOT POINTS As someone who makes charts for a living, I agree with Hannah Fry that data visualization is an important tool for solving problems (A Critic at Large, June 21st). Fry uses the circumstances surrounding the explosion of the Challenger, when crucial data were poorly presented to decision-makers, as evidence of the explanatory power of charts. But the notion that proper data visualization “would have shown the truth at a glance” and prevented the Challenger’s explosion ignores a difficulty that has been noted by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, of Google Brain: such a conclusion is clear only in hindsight. Ahead of the Challenger’s launch, analysts could have made hundreds of charts about variables associated with O-rings without knowing which of them might highlight a potentially fatal design flaw. Many…

puzzles & games dept.: the crossword

ACROSS 1 “Heavens!”8 Language group that includes Scots14 Dangers in Bowser’s castle, in Super Mario Bros.16 Ring of light17 Sport with lifts18 Resistance efforts19 End of play?20 Roomie, quaintly22 Molding for metal23 Picasso’s “___ Demoiselles d’Avignon”24 Andalusian auntie26 ___ nuggets (popular kids’ treat)27 Stiffen the upper lip, say30 Wayne Aerospace craft32 “To Build the World ___” (anti-colonial address given by President Sukarno before the U.N. in 1960)33 Homoflexible, maybe34 Light detectors36 Dulcet38 Forfeitures40 Lover41 Apply liberally42 “___ really hit me yet …”43 Instrument that sounds like money44 Sub boss45 Sigh of relief46 French river whose source is in the Graian Alps, near the Italian border48 Blackens, in a way50 ___ weekend53 “Say more …”55 Cap with grips57 Actually existing, to a lawyer58 Epitome of squalor59 Embedded60 Let sit for a while DOWN 1…

theatre geeks: sing out!

Like many of the city’s saloons, Marie’s Crisis, the tatty but venerable West Village piano bar, was closed during the pandemic. A cramped subterranean dive where people bray aerosolized show tunes at one another, it could have been a superspreader ground zero. On a recent evening, the actress Cecily Strong walked into the bar for the first time in ages. Although she has sung often in her nine seasons as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” (most recently while playing the Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro, drunkenly belting “My Way”), and she stars in a new AppleTV+ series that sends up mid-century musical theatre, she seemed shy about singing. In the new show, called “Schmigadoon!,” Strong plays one half of a couple (opposite Keegan-Michael Key) who go hiking and…

georgia postcard: between the lines

John Spiegel, a retired banking executive, and his wife, Karen, a retired college-textbook publisher, describe themselves as “lifetime committed Republicans.” They split their time between a manicured Atlanta neighborhood and a waterfront community in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “Fewer murders,” Karen explained, referring to Ponte Vedra. “And, you know, you don’t pay any state income tax.” Other than being readers of books, they are not what one imagines to be the core demo for “While Justice Sleeps,” the newest work of fiction from Stacey Abrams. The progressive Democrat, who is expected to run for governor of Georgia next year, has previously written romantic thrillers (“Hidden Sins,” “The Art of Desire”) under the pen name Selena Montgomery, and politically oriented nonfiction books under her own (“Minority Leader,” “Our Time Is Now”).…

tables for two: kjun

The other night, a group of friends, sitting around a West Village dining-room table for the first time in a long while, collectively gasped. A cardboard takeout box, its flaps carefully folded to allow for ventilation, had been opened to reveal a generous pile of arrestingly beautiful potato chips: almost weightless, yet crunchy; as glossy, transparent, and subtly bubbled as stained glass; slicked with brown butter and honey and dusted in Cajun spices. Fried to order by the chef Jae Jung, they are a highlight, among many, of the menu for Kjun, a pickup-and-delivery-only Korean-Cajun restaurant she’s been running since April, first from a dormant catering kitchen on the Upper East Side and now from the basement of a coffee shop in the East Village. Potato chips—the honey-butter variety has been…