The New Yorker November 30, 2020

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Burkhard Bilger (“Building the Impossible,” p. 48) became a staff writer in 2001. He is a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. Margaret Talbot (Portfolio, p. 60) has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2004. Charles Duhigg (“The Enablers,” p. 38) is the author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better.” He led the Times team that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Patricia Spears Jones (Poem, p. 43), the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize, is a poet and an activist. Her latest collection is “A Lucent Fire.” Richard Renaldi (Portfolio, p. 60) won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015. His five books of photography include “Touching Strangers” and “I Want Your Love.” Maggie Doherty (Books, p. 81), the author of “The Equivalents,” teaches…

the mail

THE FUTURE OF TRUMPISM Nicholas Lemann’s illuminating piece on where Republicans will go after Donald Trump leaves office proposed three possible paths forward for the G.O.P. (“The After-Party,” November 2nd). Lemann refers to the Reversal scenario, in which “Republicans would replace the Democrats as the party of the people,” as “perhaps the least plausible.” There is, in fact, some historical precedent for Reversalism in the U.S. For several decades, Black Americans have overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party—an allegiance that few could have foreseen when the Republican Party was founded, in 1854. Republicans—who, in the mid-nineteenth century, favored abolishing slavery and extending the franchise to Black men—were frequently at odds with the segregationist wing of the Democratic Party. As the two parties’ priorities changed over time, Black Americans shifted their loyalties. It…

goings on about town: this week

NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 1, 2020 Since the nineteen-thirties, the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, has dedicated three and a half acres to its Native Plant Garden (pictured here in early November). Redesigned in 2013, it’s home to some hundred thousand species of trees, ferns, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses, all indigenous to the Northeast. Meadows, woodlands, wetlands, and glades surround a crescent-shaped pool of recycled rainwater, purified with the help of aquatic plants—an urban refuge for which to give thanks. Advance tickets are required. TELEVISION Seduced In October of this year, Keith Raniere, a con man from Albany who ran a self-help seminar turned cult business called NXIVM, was sentenced to a hundred and twenty years in prison for his involvement in several unsavory and downright malevolent crimes. The most sensational of…

tables for two: ursula

On a trip to New Mexico, some years ago, I got off the plane in Albuquerque, took my first look at the high desert, and declared, wide-eyed and with an uncharacteristic lack of cynicism, “This place is magical.” In the parking lot of Frontier Restaurant, a beloved cafeteria where I did as the locals do and smeared honey on warm flour tortillas, I realized how far from an original thought it was: the official state nickname, immortalized on license plates, is Land of Enchantment. (The unofficial version is Land of Entrapment; once people arrive, they tend not to leave.) In September, Eric See, an Albuquerque native and pastry chef who’s lived on the East Coast for ten years, imported a bit of that ineffable spirit to New York when he opened…

comment: waiting game

The passage of time, in this pandemic, has been a hard thing to gauge. To take one example, the phase III trials of COVID-19 vaccines, which scientists had warned may not be completed until the end of the year, are coming to blessedly rapid conclusions. Last Wednesday, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their vaccine appears to be both ninety-five-percent effective and safe, even for older people—a historic victory. Moderna’s version, just a step behind Pfizer’s, appears to be effective, too, and other vaccines will follow. What propelled the trials forward, though, was the acceleration of the pandemic itself. The positive cases in the control groups, which were given placebos, piled up so quickly that it became easier to see that the vaccines were working. Still, the most torturous interval may be…

georgia postcard: november madness

Recount, audit, formality, scam: opinions varied as Georgia took another look at the five million ballots its citizens cast in the Presidential election. Joe Biden had won by around thirteen thousand votes—the first Democrat to take the state since Bill Clinton. But Georgia Republicans had their doubts, and, in some cases, their delusions. “Notice anything fishy?” Marjorie Taylor Greene, congresswoman-elect and QAnon fan, tweeted, on November 10th, alongside a chart comparing the number of Georgia absentee ballots cast this year (a lot) with that of past election years (not very many). “Wait ’til you hear about the pandemic,” a commenter deadpanned. The counting, which began on a Friday, was a sprawling affair, a television-unfriendly November Madness occurring simultaneously across Georgia’s hundred and fifty-nine counties, from a probate court in Peach County…