The New Yorker July 5, 2021

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Paige Williams (“American Vigilante,” p. 30) became a staff writer in 2015. She is the author of “The Dinosaur Artist,” which was named a Times Notable Book of 2018. R. Kikuo Johnson (Cover) teaches cartooning at the Rhode Island School of Design. His graphic novel “No One Else” will come out in November. Rachel Syme (“Clock’s Ticking,” p. 26), a staff writer, has been a contributor to the magazine since 2012, covering style and culture. Patrick Berry (Puzzles & Games Dept.) has been constructing puzzles since 1993. He lives in Athens, Georgia. Jorie Graham (Poem, p. 38), a professor at Harvard University, published “Runaway: New Poems” last year. Hua Hsu (Pop Music, p. 61), a staff writer, is the author of “A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific” and the forthcoming memoir “Stay…

3 min.
the mail

WHO WAS HOMER? Adam Kirsch, in his essay on the classicist Milman Parry’s studies of Homer, is too quick to conclude that the Iliad and the Odyssey were produced by the oral tradition rather than created by individual poets (Books, June 14th). Parry, whose wife, Marian, I interviewed in 1981, devoted his career to proving that the epics’ treasury of formulaic epithets and passages had been developed and handed down over many generations by illiterate singers. Other scholars, Parry’s contemporaries, identified structural intricacies, symmetries, and geometries in both epics that are unlikely to have occurred without writing, which came into use around 750 B.C. In their view, a gifted inheritor of that traditional material (or, more plausibly, two inheritors—one for each poem) took advantage of the possibilities that writing afforded in…

19 min.
goings on about town: this week

JUNE 30 – JULY 6, 2021 On July 4, moma opens “Automania,” a show about the complicated legacy of the automobile, an emblem of freedom—of speed, escape, joyriding, and the open road—whose fossil-fuel emissions are a major cause of global warming. On the third floor, visitors encounter models, movies, car parts, posters, and works of art. Real vehicles are on view, too, in the exhibition proper, in the lobby, and in the sculpture garden, including a recently restored 1959 Volkswagen Type 1 sedan (pictured), better known as the Beetle. MUSIC Conclave: “Conclave” ELECTRONIC The New York groove unit Conclave, led by the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Cesar Toribio, is steeped in Afro-Latin jazz and disco, in the vein of Osunlade and Nuyorican Soul. The band’s self-titled début album has an agreeably mellow, late-summer-afternoon gauziness. This…

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tables for two: dhamaka

The other night at Dhamaka, a new Indian restaurant in Essex Market, on the Lower East Side, my dining companions and I took turns dragging our spoons through a hot metal pot of gurda kapoora, searching for offal. Which morsels, we wondered, were the goat kidneys and which were the goat testicles? The one male in our group joked that, as the only person among us in possession of both organs, he was uniquely qualified to tell. In all seriousness, he had eaten a lot of kidney as a child in Russia, and recognized it to be the firmer of the two organs—it was almost bouncy in texture, with a pronounced flavor that bloomed slowly and grew funkier. I preferred the testicle, meaty but mild, as supple as sweetbread, nearly spreadable.…

5 min.
comment: unexpected outcomes

The Supreme Court term that began last fall has spanned several epochal upheavals at once: the second peak and wind-down of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Presidential election, and its dramatic aftermath, including the violent mob attempt to block the certification of the outcome. During the term, oral arguments were conducted entirely by telephone, a low-tech option that had the effect of keeping the Justices less visually accessible to the public. Amy Coney Barrett took the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, creating a six-Justice conservative majority that seemed to insure losses for liberals for at least a generation. In response to strong outcry from Democrats at that prospect, President Biden created a commission to study possible reforms to the Court, such as adding more Justices to it, and limiting their…

2 min.
cough, cough: the cold

Have you caught the cold? Or a cold, anyway? One is going around. Or maybe it’s more than one. There are thousands of viruses wandering the earth: rhino, corona, mysharona. Each seems common, at least once you’ve determined, or decided, that it isn’t something less than common but increasingly prevalent, such as the Covid-19 variant known as Delta. This isn’t that. It’s the “reëmergence cold.” The plague after the plague. The thief who rolls in beneath the descending garage door. We declare victory, remove our masks, go to a game or a movie or a show, shake hands, sleep with strangers, share cabs and salads and vapes, and suddenly everyone is sick, or “sick.” There’s no vaccine for it. Contact tracing is hopeless. This one got it from that one, who…