The New Yorker May 31, 2021

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Nicolas Niarchos (“Buried Dreams,” p. 40) has contributed to The New Yorker since 2014. He is working on a book about the global cobalt industry. Nina Chanel Abney (Cover) is an artist based in New York City. Her work is in the collections of numerous institutions, including the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Andrew Marantz (“The Left Turn,” p. 30), a staff writer, has been contributing to the magazine since 2011. He is the author of “Antisocial.” Robyn Weintraub (Puzzles & Games Dept.) began constructing crosswords in 2010. Her puzzles have appeared in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Ben Munster (The Talk of the Town, p. 14), a freelance journalist, is based in Italy. Gabrielle Bates (Poem, p. 54), a co-host of the podcast “The Poet Salon,” is…

the mail

COULD SCOTLAND SECEDE? As a British citizen studying in the U.S., I enjoyed Sam Knight’s article about Nicola Sturgeon, whose rise to power reflects the growing influence of Scotland’s independence movement (“Separation Anxiety,” May 10th). Much of Knight’s analysis was proved correct with the Scottish National Party’s victory in the recent parliamentary elections. But I question his assertion that Sturgeon’s position as a “left-of-center nationalist” is “an apparent oxymoron.” Independence movements have had a long association with liberal and left-wing politics. Think of Woodrow Wilson’s support of self-determination in his Fourteen Points, during and after the First World War, or of Irish nationalism—embodied in many ways by the democratic-socialist Sinn Féin party—or of the left-leaning independence parties in Catalonia today. In the face of modern right-wing nationalism, it is important to…

goings on about town: this week

MAY 26 – JUNE 1, 2021 Part High Line, part Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the new public park Little Island—the brainchild of the mogul Barry Diller—sprang from the Hurricane Sandy-battered remains of Pier 54, on the Hudson River. Its aesthetic is refined whimsy: undulating topography (by Heatherwick Studio), lush gardens (by the landscape architects at M.N.L.A.), and performance spaces, including an amphitheatre overlooking the water and a lawn for concerts. The park is now open for exploring; free programming starts in mid-June. MUSIC Curtis Amy & Dupree Bolton: “Katanga!” JAZZ In the late sixties and early seventies, after more than a decade of journeyman jazz work, the fine West Coast-based saxophonist Curtis Amy had his moment in the sun, appearing on hit recordings by the Doors and Carole King. Dupree Bolton, Amy’s nominal co-leader…

tables for two: xilonen and guevara’s

Xilonen, the Aztec goddess of sustenance and maize, is often depicted with ears of corn in each hand. The other day, my stance was not dissimilar as I sat at a table outside her namesake Greenpoint café, opened, last December, by the chef Justin Bazdarich and his partner Chris Walton, as a sort of spinoff of Oxomoco, their inventive Mexican restaurant nearby. Between bites of a glorious masa pancake—its texture a harmonious balance of fluff and grit, a scoop of salted butter sliding tantalizingly down the slight dome of its bronzed and bubbled surface—I took refreshing sips of atole, a drink, usually porridge-thick and served warm, made from sweetened and spiced masa and milk; here it’s strained and chilled into something more like horchata. Masa—made with an heirloom variety of dried…

comment: ceasefire and impasse

In early May, Palestinians protesting the pending eviction of six families from their homes in East Jerusalem clashed with Israeli police. For many Palestinians, the eviction cases evoked a long history of dispossession while presenting evidence of continued efforts to remove them from the city. These protests and others regarding Palestinian rights in Jerusalem devolved into street fights, and Hamas, from its redoubt in the Gaza Strip, warned that it might “not stand idly by.” On May 10th, its forces fired a fusillade of rockets and missiles at Israeli villages and cities, and the Israel Defense Forces responded with air strikes on Gaza, inaugurating a mini-war of depressingly familiar dimensions—the fourth in a dozen years between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Last Thursday, after eleven days of destruction and loss of…

rome postcard: gladiator 101

At a café in a mountain town east of Rome, Benjamin Harnwell was wondering which of the five thousand applicants to his right-wing “gladiator school” he could introduce to a reporter without embarrassment. He thought of four, and dialled one up. “A journalist is looking to speak to some students,” he said into the phone, “and I don’t want him to wind up talking to some skinhead.” He listened, a religious medal rattling against his chest, his slicked-back hair shining. Harnwell hung up, saying that he’d been kidding about the skinhead thing. He then sped off in a white Fiat Punto, heading to the Certosa di Trisulti, a vast, eight-hundred-year-old charterhouse that is both his home and the site of his school. Several years ago, encouraged by his friend Steve Bannon,…