The New Yorker October 18, 2021

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Rachel Aviv (“Lost Youth,” p. 30) became a staff writer in 2013. She is at work on “Strangers to Ourselves,” a book about mental illness. Christoph Niemann (Cover) published “Zoo,” a collection of linocuts and drawings of animals at two Berlin zoos, in July. Rae Armantrout (Poem, p. 49), a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is the author of, most recently, “Wobble.” Her new poetry collection, “Finalists,” will come out next year. Thomas McGuane (Fiction, p. 52) began contributing fiction to the magazine in 1994. His latest book is “Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories.” Rachel Syme (Books, p. 59), a staff writer, has covered style and culture for The New Yorker since 2012. Dennard Dayle (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 25) co-hosts “Weeaboo Hell,” a podcast about anime. His début book, “Everything Abridged,” is due out in 2022. James…

the mail

GENES AND DESTINY I read with interest Gideon Lewis-Kraus’s Profile of the behavior geneticist Kathryn Paige Harden (“Force of Nature,” September 13th). My academic research relates to Harden’s concerns regarding attention paid to the political connotations of who does, and does not, perceive genomics as having a significant influence on human traits and behaviors. In my book “Genomic Politics,” I conclude that, with few exceptions, beliefs about the validity and the impact of genomics are not related to partisan identity or to political ideology. I found that disagreements about whether genomic science will, on balance, benefit or harm society do exist among the American public and among experts—but not along liberal and conservative lines. Whether left-leaning people can embrace genetics is probably the wrong question to ask. Research shows that some…

goings on about town: this week

OCTOBER 13 – 19, 2021 The playwright Douglas Carter Beane, whose zinger-filled œuvre includes “The Little Dog Laughed” and the musical “Xanadu,” combines an acid wit with a gushy love of show biz. In his new play “Fairycakes,” which he directs Off Broadway, starting Oct. 14, at Greenwich House Theatre, Beane borrows from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as bits of “Cinderella” and “Pinocchio.” The cast of world-class hams includes (from left to right) Kristolyn Lloyd, Ann Harada, Jason Tam, Jackie Hoffman, and Mo Rocca. ART Bruce Conner and Jay DeFeo The Paula Cooper gallery revisits the shared wavelength of two friends—both Bay Area members of the Beat Generation—with an abundance of exquisitely understated photographs and works on paper, plus a cult 16-mm. film. (DeFeo died in 1989, Conner in 2008.) At times,…

tables for two: momofuku ssäm bar

At this juncture in the evolution of Momofuku, a brand so expansive and brimming with personality—a good amount of which belongs to its iconoclastic founder, David Chang—that it spans four cities, ten locations, and a multi-platform media company, you might wonder if it’s due for a midlife crisis. If a ruby-red Beamer screams panic for a certain breed of middle-aged men, do soulless corporate digs for a guerrilla outfit turned establishment darling signal anxiety about identity for an iconic culinary empire? The question is posed by the latest incarnation of Ssäm Bar, Chang’s maverick sophomore effort, which once defined the East Village food scene and now resides in a glass-walled, L.E.D.-lit behemoth in the South Street Seaport. This isn’t the first time a Momofuku restaurant has found itself inside a mall—the…

comment: winter forecasts

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States appears, for the moment, to be in retreat. Since the start of September, daily cases have dropped by a third, and daily hospitalizations have fallen by more than a quarter. COVID deaths, which generally lag behind infections by a few weeks, are now starting to decline from their peak. There are still areas of the country that are struggling. In Alaska, where only half the population is fully vaccinated, hospitals are at capacity and doctors have had to ration intensive care. But, nationwide, the Delta wave is waning. The question now is: What does the winter hold? There are reasons for optimism. Seventy-eight per cent of adults in the U.S. have now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, and recent mandates…

l.a. postcard: award-worthy

Wildfires, drought, the prospect of Caitlyn Jenner as governor: nothing can stop people from moving to California. “There were definitely some who left,” Kurt Rappaport, the C.E.O. of Westside Estate Agency, said the other day, referring to the pandemic exodus. He wore a black blazer and stood at the bar at Soho House, the site of the first-ever Power Broker Awards, an Oscars for the unsung heroes of Los Angeles real estate. “But moving to Texas or Florida to save on taxes?” he went on. “Do you want to live in Florida? Miami is cheesy. It’s fun for Art Basel, but have you been to Miami in the summer? Not pretty.” The awards were hosted by the Hollywood Reporter, which publishes an annual list of the area’s top thirty real-estate agents. Degen…