The New Yorker April 19, 2021

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D. T. Max (“The Cluster,” p. 30), a staff writer, is the author of “Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story.” Alice Gregory (“Final Say,” p. 42) is at work on a book about the artist Robert Indiana. Daniel Mendelsohn (“Band of Brothers,” p. 48), the editor-at-large of The New York Review of Books, teaches at Bard. His tenth book, “Three Rings,” came out last year. Elizabeth C. Gorski (Puzzles & Games Dept.) is the founder of Crossword Nation. She writes a daily puzzle for King Features Syndicate. Arthur Sze (Poem, p. 34) received the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry for “Sight Lines.” His latest book is “The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems.” Merve Emre (Books, p. 64), an associate professor of English at the University of Oxford, published “The Personality Brokers” in…

the mail

THE LIMITS OF CONSTITUTIONS In a review of the historian Linda Colley’s book about the evolution of written constitutions, Jill Lepore notes that “American scholars interested in the history of constitutionalism” have largely ignored the Nakaz, Catherine the Great’s blueprint for government (A Critic at Large, March 29th). This, she says, is “not so much because the document failed to shore up Catherine’s regime” as because “it was created by a woman.” But the lack of American scholarly interest in the Nakaz might be less a function of the document’s author and more a result of its content. As Lepore points out, the Nakaz was devised primarily to buttress Catherine’s position on the throne. More important, it did nothing to forestall a further century and a half of tsarist autocracy. William G.…

goings on about town: this week

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many New York City venues are closed. Here’s a selection of culture to be found around town, as well as online and streaming. APRIL 14 – 20, 2021 ART “Grief and Grievance” This terrific show, subtitled “Art and Mourning in America”—whose starry roster includes Kerry James Marshall, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Theaster Gates—was originally intended to open at the New Museum last October, amid the furors leading up to the Presidential election. The pandemic scotched that. But “Grief and Grievance,” the brainchild of the late Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, doesn’t have a use-by date, because it celebrates what artists are good at: telling personal truths through aesthetic form. Works by thirty-seven artists emphasize interiority and the patterns of feeling that…

tables for two

Native Noodles 2129 Amsterdam Ave. Before opening Native Noodles, in Washington Heights, in February, Amy Pryke, who moved from Singapore to New York ten years ago, as an N.Y.U. freshman, was relatively unfamiliar with Dominican food. These days, she told me recently, “I’m obsessed with avena”—Spanish for “oatmeal.” “They have a particular way of doing it, with cinnamon and milk—just go into any Dominican bodega here and say ‘avena’ and that’s what you’ll get.” In general, she said, “it’s a lot of really hearty comfort food,” not so different from the dishes she serves herself, inspired by the hawker-stall classics of her home town; both emphasize seafood, especially shrimp. Dried shrimp are key to the slow-cooked, gently spicy coconut curry in Pryke’s spin on laksa, a soup popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.…

comment: gaetz and his party

How did Representative Matt Gaetz get into so much trouble? There are so many allegations surrounding the Florida Republican and the carnival-like crowd of characters around him that it’s hard to know where to begin. One place might be with a letter, signed by “a very concerned student” and sent, in the fall of 2019, to a private school in Florida, accusing a music teacher there of sexually abusing a child. A Facebook account supposedly belonging to “a very concerned teacher” made similar charges. According to federal prosecutors, the accusations were fiction, and the author of both was a man named Joel Greenberg. He was then the tax collector of Seminole County, and he regularly partied with Gaetz. The ensuing investigation uncovered a wide array of questionable and, prosecutors allege, illegal…

year off: saturday with greta

Greta Thunberg, the eighteen-year-old Swedish climate activist, hasn’t decided exactly what she’ll be doing on Earth Day (April 22nd) this year. But she’s sure she will have some critical things to say about the virtual climate summit that begins that day, to which President Biden has invited forty world leaders. Even though Biden has reversed the course set by his predecessor, who liked to call climate change “a very expensive hoax,” Thunberg knows she will be disappointed. “The things that they are going to present will not be nearly enough for what science is saying will be in line with the Paris Agreement,” she said. “So I’ll just be calling that out, I guess.” It was a Saturday, and Thunberg was on Zoom. She was dressed like a homebound teen-ager: baggy…