The New Yorker June 7, 2021

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Charles Duhigg (“Cool Story, Bro,” p. 38), the author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better,” was a member of the Times team that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Rachel Heng (Fiction, p. 58) has written the novels “Suicide Club” and “The Great Reclamation,” which will be out in 2022. Isaac Chotiner (“Change Agent,” p. 50), a staff writer, is the principal contributor to Q. & A., a series of interviews with public figures on Sandy Solomon (Poem, p. 44) received the 1995 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for “Pears, Lake, Sun.” She teaches at Vanderbilt University. Kenton Nelson (Cover) is an artist based in California. Merve Emre (Books, p. 72), an associate professor of English at the University of Oxford, will publish “The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway” in August. Rachel…

the mail

RISKY BUSINESS Sheelah Kolhatkar’s piece about the investment app Robinhood, which has been faulted for encouraging reckless trading practices among young people, prompted me to reflect on how the education system has failed when it comes to teaching our children about finance, investment, and risk (“The Big Gamble,” May 17th). At one point in my career, I taught personal finance to undergraduates; at the same time, my kids were learning about the stock market in school. My students were divided into groups that followed various investment portfolios, from “all in one stock” to money-market mutual funds. Although initially students assigned to the low-risk portfolios were not happy with their gains, at the end of the term, when asked to choose their preferred portfolio, many elected the low-risk money-market funds, saying that…

goings on about town: this week

JUNE 2 – 8, 2021 The “Carte Blanche” film series at MOMA, programmed by the prodigious science-fiction writer Samuel R. Delany, concludes this week with two personal works. He discusses his childhood in Harlem and his life as a gay man in nineteen-sixties New York in Fred Barney Taylor’s illuminating documentary “The Polymath, or The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman,” from 2007. Delany displays his directorial art in the 1971 featurette “The Orchid,” which blends street theatre and joyful eroticism with ingenious special effects. ART Nona Faustine Candid moments mingle with theatrical gestures in “Mitochondria,” this Brooklyn photographer’s exhibition at Higher Pictures Generation, in Dumbo. The show’s title refers to the DNA that traces the maternal line, and Faustine’s subjects are her family—three generations of Black women, herself included—seen in their…

tables for two: smashed nyc

“A big part of what makes the Big Mac appealing in pictures,” a burger aficionado I know mused the other day, “is that the patties extend past the perimeter of the bun. But then you actually get one, and most of the time you can barely even see the patties.” We were sitting outside Smashed NYC, a new burger shop on the Lower East Side. He peeled back the black-and-white checkered wax paper folded around the Big Schmacc, a highlight of the menu. Two thin jagged-edged disks of deeply browned ground beef hung floppily over the limits of three halves of Martin’s “Big Marty’s” sesame roll; there was clear visual evidence, too, of sharp-cornered, barely melted slices of American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, crinkle-cut pickle coins, and Creamsicle-colored Smash Sauce.…

comment: undue burdens

One of the most striking facts in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that the Supreme Court has now agreed to hear, concerns the identity of one of the parties. Jackson Women’s Health is the only licensed abortion clinic in Mississippi. Women seeking its services often have to travel hundreds of miles to the pink building on North State Street, in Jackson, and to either make the trip twice or find somewhere to stay—Mississippi imposes a twenty-four-hour waiting period after mandatory in-person counselling. Girls younger than eighteen need a parent’s permission or a waiver from a court. And when a woman arrives she is usually subjected to people shouting through megaphones that she is murdering her child. The city tried to limit the noise, which reportedly can be…

café society: starting over

“Someone sent me a box of hot dogs,” Danny Meyer said, walking into Union Square Café, his oldest restaurant, clutching a large cardboard package. He placed the parcel on the bar, removed his mask, and opened an accompanying letter, from the owner of a string of hot-dog joints in Utah. The letter thanked Meyer for writing “Setting the Table,” his 2006 best-seller about the power of risktaking, eye contact, and pressed tablecloths. Meyer smiled. The previous day, New York City had officially begun reopening, which meant that restaurants could again start filling their dining rooms. The past year has been the most difficult of Meyer’s gilded career. When the pandemic arrived, his company, Union Square Hospitality Group, shut down its nineteen restaurants and also its events business, which provided catering for…