The New Yorker January 25, 2021

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Luke Mogelson (“The Storm,” p. 32), a contributor to The New Yorker since 2013, has written the short-story collection “These Heroic, Happy Dead.” Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (“Bad Dream,” p. 28) is the author of “The Undocumented Americans.” Barry Blitt (Cover), a cartoonist and an illustrator, won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, for work that appeared in this magazine. Allegra Goodman (Fiction, p. 54) most recently published the novel “The Chalk Artist.” Akash Kapur (Books, p. 68) is the author of “India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India.” His latest book, “Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia,” comes out in July. Rita Dove (Poem, p. 38), a Pulitzer Prize winner and a former U.S. Poet Laureate, will publish a new collection, “Playlist for the Apocalypse,” this year.…

the mail

THE PATHS NOT TAKEN I applaud Joshua Rothman for a fascinating look into the attraction of imagining unlived lives (A Critic at Large, December 21st). His piece brought to mind the rare pairs of identical twins who are reared separately and later reunited, and thus given a glimpse of an alternative path. In my work as a psychology professor specializing in twin research, I was struck by the case of Jack and Oskar, born in 1933 in Trinidad. Their German Catholic mother and their Romanian Jewish father divorced when the twins were six months old. Jack remained with his father in Trinidad and was raised Jewish, whereas Oskar went with his mother to Germany. He was raised Catholic and joined the Hitler Youth. The twins, who met in their twenties, acknowledged…

goings on about town: this week

JANUARY 20 – 26, 2021 A group of penguins in the water is called a raft—on land, they become a waddle. Four species of the flightless birds—chinstrap, gentoo, king, and macaroni—inhabit the Polar Circle exhibit (pictured, with gentoos, above) at the Central Park Zoo, whose work supports the protection of animals in the wild. (Advance timed-entry tickets, available via, are required.) Lucky visitors might spot a recent arrival: Marinara, the first macaroni-penguin chick to hatch at the zoo. ART Garrett Bradley This filmmaker’s entrancing and unsettling installation “America,” now on view at MOMA, was inspired by “Lime Kiln Club Field Day,” a silent feature, from 1914, that’s considered the earliest extant movie with an all-Black cast. On four screens, configured to form an X, joyful vintage footage of a fairground courtship is intercut…

goings on about town: television

Bridgerton Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews), a pseudonymous gossip columnist, is the faceless narrator of this new Netflix show, a costume farce of Regency society based on Julia Quinn’s wildly popular romance-novel series. It’s courting season in early-nineteenth-century London, and the eligible girls are vying for approval from the snuff-sniffing Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor, as delicate as a songbird) is the most sought-after girl in the “ton,” until, all of a sudden, she’s not. Desperate to marry well, she recruits the grouchy bachelor Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), into a mutually beneficial dating scheme. Daphne and Simon, of course, end up falling for each other, and their union permits “Bridgerton” to mature past the cutesy and into the adult. A burlesque of selfish…

tables for two: dame

I had a hunch, the moment I saw the glorious fish and chips at Dame, a pop-up in the West Village, that they were going to be the best I’d ever had. In a few bites, my suspicion was confirmed: deep within a surreally puffy, crunchy, craggy golden shell of batter—adorned with coarse, twinkling crystals of sea salt—I found satiny, briny flakes of hake. Each of the thick-cut chips bore the unmistakably bronzed, bubbled surface and creamy interior of a gentle boil followed by multiple rounds in the deep fryer. Tucked beside them, in their charming paper boat, was a wedge of lemon; the faint perfume of malt vinegar hovered in the air. By phone the other day, the chef Ed Szymanski, who started Dame, last March, with Patricia Howard, his…

comment: fear itself

Among the more striking aspects of the Republicans’ response to last week’s historic second impeachment of Donald Trump, for “incitement to insurrection,” were their warnings that holding the President to account for his role in the assault on the Capitol, on January 6th, would only lead to more violence. On Wednesday night, just hours after the House vote, Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, told Sean Hannity, on Fox News, that the impeachment was itself an incitement. Graham, who had flown with Trump to Texas the day before, said that President-elect Joe Biden should tell Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, to call off the proceedings ahead of a trial in the Senate: “If you want to end the violence, end…