The New Yorker April 26-May 3, 2021

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Connie Bruck (“Make Me an Offer,” p. 56), a staff writer, is the author of “Master of the Game,” “The Predators’ Ball,” and “When Hollywood Had a King.” John Seabrook (“Scooter City,” p. 28) has written four books, including, most recently, “The Song Machine.” Amy Davidson Sorkin (Books, p. 89), a staff writer, is a regular contributor to Comment. She also writes a column for José Antonio Rodríguez (Poem, p. 61) published the poetry collection “This American Autopsy” in 2019. Margaret Atwood (Fiction, p. 70), the author of more than fifty books, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, for her novel “The Testaments.” Bruce McCall (Cover) has contributed covers and humor pieces to the magazine since 1980. An exhibition of his work, “Bruce McCall’s New York,” will be on display at the…

the mail

AFTER SANDY HOOK I was moved by Ian Frazier’s piece about anti-gun-violence activists like Shaina Harrison, who are working in the eye of the storm: in the classroom, where gun-violence-prevention skills can be taught, and on the streets, where violence interrupters demonstrate peaceful ways to settle disputes (“Guns Down,” April 5th). I have been a gun-safety activist since my nephew Daniel Barden was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in 2012. The damage done by mass shootings is immense, but the suicides and everyday community violence caused by guns also deserve our attention. Many worthy groups are working to address these issues, from the big names like Brady and Everytown for Gun Safety to myriad smaller ones, like those which Frazier writes about. The N.R.A., rocked by scandal and mismanagement, is…

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. The nonagenarian Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was born into botany: her grandparents ran a nursery in Matsumoto, where she grew up. Through Oct. 31, her crowd-pleasing works grace the grounds and interiors of the New York Botanical Garden in “Kusama: Cosmic Nature.” (Timed tickets, available via, are required.) “My Soul Blooms Forever” (above), a painted-steel whimsy from 2019, is installed under the newly restored dome of the Palms of the World Gallery, in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. R. & B. In the course of three months in 2012, the singer and producer Miguel released a trio of EPs…

tables for two: dacha 46

Dacha 46 657 Washington Ave., Brooklyn When, early in their relationship, Trina Quinn gave her now wife, Jessica Quinn, a cookbook called “A Gift to Young Housewives,” first published in Russia in 1861, it was mostly a gag. Both women are professional chefs, and Jessica, a Long Island-born daughter of immigrants from Latvia and Ukraine, is fluent in Russian. The book’s instructions were intended as much for housewives as for their servants, who would be the ones actually preparing the roast goose stuffed with macaroni and the fish roulade. Jessica appreciated the joke but, at the time, didn’t bother studying the book closely. Neither she nor Trina imagined that, years later, it would become an emblem of their shared career. Jessica, who graduated from culinary school, traces her interest in food to her…

comment: unpacking the court

The Supreme Court, by design, is undemocratic, but is there a point beyond which its insulation from the will of the people becomes unjust? Much has been said about the fact that the makeup of the current Court does not reflect that of the elected branches of the federal government. In response, on April 9th, Joe Biden signed an executive order establishing a bipartisan Presidential commission, to study the prospect of changing the Court’s composition and culture. The Court can be shrunk or expanded by a simple majority vote in Congress, and the dream of doing just that has occasionally tantalized Presidents beset by judicial opposition—most famously, the predecessor whom Biden cites frequently as an inspiration: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the Oval Office, Biden has awarded prime real estate—right above…

together again dept.: adult supervision

Randall Poster and Josh Deutsch met in the mid-seventies, when they were in seventh grade. “A girl I knew from sleepaway camp—maybe she was my first girlfriend—introduced us,” Poster said recently. “Probably at a bar mitzvah.” “Not my bar mitzvah,” Deutsch said. “Not mine, either,” Poster “Although we were at each other’s bar mitzvahs.” At the time, Deutsch, who lived in New Jersey, was attending Riverdale Country School, in the Bronx, and Poster, who lived in Riverdale, was a student at Horace Mann, next door. They were both into music. They bought and spun and talked about records, pored over the Village Voice, and, as they got older, accompanied each other to concerts and clubs. Poster said, “I remember getting into Studio 54 in eleventh grade and thinking, ‘I want to be a grownup.’” A…