The New Yorker August 2, 2021

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Nicholas Lemann (“The Diversity Verdict,” p. 34), a staff writer, teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His latest book is “Transaction Man.” Ann Patchett (“Flight Plan,” p. 20) will publish “These Precious Days” in November. She is a co-owner of Parnassus Books, in Nashville, Tennessee. Zach Helfand (“Going Public,” p. 46) is a member of The New Yorker’s editorial staff. Diana Ejaita (Cover), an illustrator and a textile designer, is based in Berlin and Lagos. Arthur Sze (Poem, p. 42) won the 2021 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His most recent book is “The Glass Constellation.” Sheila Yasmin Marikar (The Talk of the Town, p. 18) has been contributing to the magazine since 2016. Her début novel, “The Goddess Effect,” is forthcoming. Louisa Thomas (“Queenside,” p. 28) is a staff…

3 min.
the mail

OUT OF TIME Rachel Syme, in her piece about deadlines, focusses on how they affect writers’ productivity (“Clock’s Ticking,” July 5th). Deadlines have also proved critical to the effective negotiation and resolution of disputes. As a lawyer specializing in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, I know this firsthand. I was the administrator of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, through which more than five thousand victims and surviving family members received more than seven billion dollars in compensation. The fund required claimants to file within thirty-three months to receive compensation, which often amounted to millions of dollars for a single claim—yet some two-thirds of the claimants waited until the last ninety days to file. In addition, deadlines are important in “getting to yes” for adversaries locked in trial combat; otherwise, both…

20 min.
goings on about town: this week

JULY 28 – AUGUST 3, 2021 Throughout the two-thousands, the indie-rock band Bright Eyes recorded diaristic folk music that eventually expanded into pop. Last year, the band emerged from hiatus with a new album called “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was,” its first since “The People’s Key,” from 2011. On July 31, its multi-instrumentalists (including Conor Oberst, Miwi La Lupa, and Mike Mogis, pictured above) bring their music to Forest Hills Stadium on their first tour in a decade; Lucy Dacus and Waxahatchee open. ART Igshaan Adams Igshaan Adams has a tremendous gift for delicacy and a poet’s understanding of time, of how it can erode and mark our daily lives. The queer South African artist was raised in Bonteheuwel, a former segregated township in Cape Town, and his intricate, handwoven…

3 min.
tables for two: we all scream for ice cream

Denizens of the Internet will have recently become familiar with, if not tired of, the phrase “nature is healing,” often applied archly to our slow return to pre-pandemic habits. I admit that the words crossed my mind the other day as a stranger approached me in Union Square. A friend and I were strolling through the Greenmarket carrying paper ice-cream cups, which a keen observer—as this stranger was—might have noticed were the exact bright-blue shade of a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Indeed, the cold confection within was the unmistakable hue of powdered orange Cheddar. We’d got our complimentary mac-and-cheese-flavored scoops from a truck parked on Seventeenth Street, a promo for an unlikely collaboration between the boutique New York ice-cream brand Van Leeuwen and the Kraft Heinz Company. “How is…

5 min.
comment: the spyware threat

Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative reporter from Azerbaijan, is an icon among the subtribe of journalists who work to expose cross-border financial corruption. She has broken big stories about money laundering and dodgy banking, despite being targeted by President Ilham Aliyev’s authoritarian regime. Operatives planted cameras in her home in Baku and, in 2012, released a video of her having sex with her boyfriend. In 2014, she was arrested on trumped-up charges that included tax evasion; a court sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison. The human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney, among others, took up Ismayilova’s cause, and she was released after eighteen months, but the government prohibited her from leaving the country for five years. In May, Ismayilova learned from colleagues that her iPhone had been infected by spyware…

4 min.
the sights, the smells: lemonland

The sky was hazy, and the sun was red. Last week, smoke from wildfires in Oregon, California, Manitoba, and Ontario invaded the Eastern Seaboard’s airspace and our tristate-area lungs; on Tuesday, the presence of PM2.5, nasty microscopic particulate matter, was nine times higher than the World Health Organization recommends. That same day, the world’s richest man ascended out of the smoke, and into space, aboard a giant penis-rocket. Floods, fires, farce. Mood: apocalypse nigh. And yet there is a whisper on the wind. Can you hear it? Citrovia. Perhaps you have detected a lemony-fresh scent or a proliferation of odd citrus-inflected selfies in your feeds. Or you might even have found yourself in a plasticine sanctuary of tangerine lemons and Teletubby trees, a contrived oasis where the lemons are yellow and…