The New Yorker May 17, 2021

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Sheelah Kolhatkar (“The Big Gamble,” p. 30), a staff writer, is the author of “Black Edge.” David Sedaris (“Pearls,” p. 20) has contributed to The New Yorker since 1995. His new book, “A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020),” will be out in October. Tiana Clark (Poem, p. 38), the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, most recently published the book of poems “I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood.” J. M. Holmes (Fiction, p. 50), the author of the story collection “How Are You Going to Save Yourself,” is at work on his first novel, “Me and Mine.” Brooke Jarvis (Books, p. 58) is a contributing writer for the Times Magazine. Nicholas Schmidle (The Talk of the Town, p. 16) has written for the magazine since 2011. This month, he published “Test…

the mail

THE IMPORTANCE OF E.Q. Merve Emre’s essay about emotional intelligence provides a useful look back at the appeal of Daniel Goleman’s book of the same name (Books, April 19th). Emre focusses on the book and its societal impact, but it is worth noting that the scientific work on which the book was in part based continues today. As Emre observes, my collaboration with Dr. Peter Salovey resulted in two articles in 1990 (and more since then), arguing for the existence of a concept that we called emotional intelligence, which is the ability to accurately perceive, utilize, reason about, and manage one’s feelings. Through our work and that of other researchers, evidence linking emotional intelligence with improved social relations has accumulated, and the idea of an “emotional quotient” is now widely accepted…

goings on about town: this week

In 1939, a group of amateur photographers in São Paulo, Brazil, founded the Foto (later Foto-Cine) Clube Bandeirante. Its members—lawyers, scientists, bankers—took pictures of subjects, ranging from architecture to the natural world (“Filigree,” above, was made by Gertrudes Altschul, in 1953), with an experimental rigor rivalling that of any avant-garde artist. “Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964,” at moma (through Sept. 26), surveys the club’s work, beginning the year that it launched the influential magazine Boletim. 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; as ever, it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements. THE THEATRE Black Feminist Video Game Video games and avant-garde theatre have crossed paths before.…

theatre: summer preview

SUMMER PREVIEW Shakespeare in the Park, Williamstown Festival To quote “West Side Story”—one of the Broadway shows that vanished into the ether last March—New York theatre is in its “Could it be? Yes, it could” phase. After a year of virtual plays, there are finally inklings of a return to flesh-and-blood performance. As Broadway makes plans to come back in September, the summer brings major strides toward post-Zoom theatregoing. Shakespeare in the Park, one of the city’s most beloved summer traditions, returns to the Delacorte, with “Merry Wives” (beginning July 6), Jocelyn Bioh’s adaptation of “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” now set in South Harlem’s West African immigrant community. The Public’s open-air production, directed by Saheem Ali, promises to be joyful, cathartic, and, as always, free. Downtown, Moisés Kaufman’s Tectonic Theatre Project and…

contemporary music: summer preview

SUMMER PREVIEW The Governors Ball, John Legend, Julien Baker After more than a year with live performance in hibernation, the music scene revs up considerably this summer, with a slew of new albums and concerts. The musician and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam brings a newfound jazz inspiration to “Changephobia” (June 4), his follow-up to “Half-Light,” from 2017. The pop historian Lana Del Rey releases her second album of the year, “Blue Banisters,” on Independence Day. Following a sweep of the major categories at the 2020 Grammys, Billie Eilish returns with the highly anticipated “Happier Than Ever” (June 30). The same day, the Prince estate plans to release “Welcome 2 America,” a never-before-heard project from the icon’s vaults. Venues begin the slow process of reopening, with shows rescheduled from early in the pandemic.…

dance: summer preview

SUMMER PREVIEW Jacob’s Pillow, Kaatsbaan, Mark Morris It took a pandemic to shut down the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in Becket, Mass., which, before 2020, had not been cancelled once in its eighty-nine-year history. The festival’s return, and that of live performance in general—with small-scale shows en plein air—is one of the most welcome signs that life, art, and joy are making a comeback after a grim year. From June 30 to Aug. 29, Jacob’s Pillow’s outdoor stage will host, among others, Michelle Dorrance’s innovative tap company, Dorrance Dance (June 30-July 4), Ballet Hispánico (July 14-18), and the voguing legend Archie Burnett (July 28-Aug. 1). A little closer to home but no less bucolic, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, whose rambling grounds in Tivoli, N.Y., were once a horse farm, is holding a two-week…