The New Yorker June 14, 2021

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Jon Lee Anderson (“An Act of God,” p. 34), a staff writer, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1998. He has written several books, including “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life.” Rebecca Mead (“How Nasty Was Nero?,” p. 30) became a staff writer in 1997. “My Life in Middlemarch” is her most recent book. Adam Gopnik (“Sitting with Strangers,” p. 46), a staff writer, is the author of “A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism.” Jiordan Castle (Poem, p. 38) will publish “Disappearing Act,” a memoir in verse, in 2023. Michael Specter (Books, p. 62), a staff writer since 1998, is an adjunct professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. His audiobook “Fauci” came out last year. Sue Halpern (Comment, p. 13), a staff writer, is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. Amanda Petrusich (“Another Country,”…

the mail

FEELING FRIED In Jill Lepore’s piece about burnout, she notes that the condition “is generally said to date to 1973” (“It’s Just Too Much,” May 24th). One earlier reference is Graham Greene’s 1960 novel, “A Burnt-Out Case.” The main character, Querry, is a famous architect who has come to hate everything about his life. He escapes to a leper colony in the Congo, where a doctor declares him the mental analogue to a “burnt-out case”; the term is one used to describe members of the colony who have progressed through several stages of leprosy. These characters seem to understand the concept much as we do today. Jerry Monaco Astoria, N.Y. I was the chair of the American Psychiatric Association task force charged with revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the…

goings on about town: this week

JUNE 9 - 15, 2021 Millions of years ago, in present-day Uruguay, gas bubbles became trapped in magma as it hardened to rock; over time, these cavities morphed into amethyst-quartz-lined geodes. A dazzling twelve-foot-tall example (pictured, in detail, above) greets visitors to the American Museum of Natural History’s newly redesigned Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, a showcase of some five thousand specimens from ninety-five countries, which opens on June 12. Advance tickets to the museum, via are required. MUSIC Tim Berne: “Broken Shadows” JAZZ A recording like “Broken Shadows” reminds us that the free-jazz revolution initiated by Ornette Coleman may have loosened the bonds of harmony and rhythm, but it didn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater when it came to melody. This new album unites the saxophonists and longtime compatriots…

tables for two: dr. clark

If there are any number of obvious sites that could be named “most iconically New York City,” I’d like to make an atypical nomination: the intersection of Bayard and Baxter Streets, in Chinatown. As I approached it one recent evening, strolling by Forlini’s, the red-sauce joint and attorney haunt (as seen on “Law & Order”); the Vietnamese restaurant Nha Trang One; and ABC Bail Bonds (“Large or small we write them all”), police officers were escorting a man in handcuffs into the building that houses the New York County Criminal Court as well as Manhattan’s Central Booking. To the south, in Columbus Park, a sprawling group huddled around several lively games of cards and checkers, masks pulled down to smoke and to spit out seeds from orange segments. Beyond them, pickup…

comment: anti-democratic

A few hours after Michael Flynn, the A retired three-star general and former national-security adviser and convicted felon, told a group of QAnon conspiracists who met in Dallas over Memorial Day weekend that the Biden Administration should be overthrown by force, Democratic legislators in the Texas statehouse, two hundred miles away in Austin, did something remark-able: they stopped their Republican colleagues from passing one of the most restrictive voting bills in the country. Flynn’s pronouncement and the Republicans’ efforts rely on repeating the same untruth: that the Presidency was stolen from Donald Trump by a cabal of Democrats, election officials, and poll workers who perpetrated election fraud. No matter that this claim has been litigated, relitigated, and debunked. Based on data collected by the conservative Heritage Foundation, the incidence of…

georgia postcard: taking on greene

Democrats hoping to represent Georgia’s Fourteenth Congressional District face long odds, which they’ve occasionally lengthened. A former nudist-camp director with a suspended medical license got a D.U.I. during his 2018 campaign and told the arresting officer, “I hate this county.” He lost by fifty-three points. An I.T. specialist dropped out weeks before Election Day last fall. His wife had served him divorce papers. He lost to Marjorie Taylor Greene by forty-nine points. “We don’t even have a Party chair in Haralson County,” Marcus Flowers said the other day from his house, an hour west of Atlanta. A bearded Black man in his mid-forties, with a scar over one eye, Flowers is an Army veteran and a former military contractor. “A compliance guy,” he said. “Not Blackwater.” He was in his unfinished…