The New Yorker August 9, 2021

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Jane Mayer (“The Big Money Behind the Big Lie,” p. 30), the magazine’s chief Washington correspondent, is the author of “Dark Money” and the recipient of a 2021 Freedom of the Press Award. Eric Klinenberg (“Manufacturing Nature,” p. 18) is a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His latest book is “Palaces for the People.” Sarah Braunstein (Fiction, p. 54), the author of “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children,” teaches at Colby College. Andrew Chan (Books, p. 68), the Web editor at the Criterion Collection, writes about film, music, and books. Sarah Arvio (Poem, p. 36) is a poet and a translator. Her poetry collection “Cry Back My Sea” will be out in August. Mark Ulriksen (Cover), an artist and an illustrator, has contributed more…

3 min.
the mail

WHO WAS O. HENRY? Louis Menand, in his review of the new Library of America volume of short stories by O. Henry, notes that the prolific writer once worked at a bank, and had various problems, large and small, handling money (Books, July 5th). Money is a theme in his stories, too. Indeed, in the opening line of “The Gift of the Magi,” he informs the reader that Della has only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a Christmas gift. We learn that Jim’s weekly salary has shrunk from thirty dollars to twenty, and that the weekly rental price of a furnished room is eight dollars. The story’s obsession with such particulars is a reminder of the financial pressure that O. Henry felt when it came to writing and selling his…

16 min.
goings on about town: this week

AUGUST 4 – 10, 2021 Robert Longo is a key figure of the Pictures Generation, an influential group of American artists who gave image-making conceptual cred starting in the late seventies. He is best known for his cinematic charcoal-on-paper works, epic in both subject matter—the eternal mysteries of the sea, in the case of “Untitled (Rumi),” from 2019, above—and scale (the magnificent hand-drawn piece is more than seven feet high). The exhibition “Robert Longo: A History of the Present” opens on Aug. 7 at Guild Hall, in East Hampton, New York. MUSIC Leon Bridges: “Gold-Digger Sound” SOUL Leon Bridges made his musical début with tender soul songs that sounded as if they had been sitting in dusty record crates for decades. His voice, all warmth and rounded edges, replicated the essence of classic sixties…

3 min.
goings on about town: television

I Think You Should Leave The second season of Tim Robinson’s zany sketch-comedy show, which premièred in 2019, landed on Netflix in early July. Robinson (formerly of “Saturday Night Live” and “Detroiters”) and his co-creator, Zach Kanin (a former “S.N.L.” writer and a New Yorker cartoonist), know how to craft an impeccable sight gag; as a performer, Robinson also makes a strange kind of music with language. He seems to calibrate each line reading to its funniest possible sound; he’ll shriek a random word in an otherwise quiet sentence—“I didn’t DO this!,” from a sketch about a cable show called “Coffin Flop,” which captures corpses falling out of shoddy caskets—or swallow words in the back of his throat like a bullfrog. “I Think You Should Leave” doesn’t have an official recurring…

3 min.
tables for two: contento

Although I can’t promise that every night at Contento, a new restaurant in East Harlem, is a party, I can report that, on a recent Saturday, around 10 P.M., when several patrons began to belt out “Seven Nation Army,” by the White Stripes, an employee rejoined by playing it on the sound system, inspiring an impromptu dining-room-wide rave. The following Tuesday, someone was marking another year around the sun; a rousing sing-along to Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” ensued. There is much to celebrate at Contento, whose name is a Spanish cognate for “content,” as in “happy”: the opening itself, long delayed by COVID and longer dreamed of by its co-founder Yannick Benjamin, an accomplished sommelier and restaurant veteran (Le Cirque, Jean-Georges); Benjamin’s thoughtfully curated, internationally sourced wine list, with a wide…

5 min.
comment: responsible parties

At the first House select-committee hearing on the January 6th insurrection, last week, four law-enforcement officers presented excruciating details of their efforts to protect the Capitol and the lawmakers inside it from the mob that sought to disrupt the certification of the Presidential election. Aquilino Gonell, a Capitol Police sergeant, recalled how rioters set upon him, doused him with chemical irritants, and flashed lasers into his eyes. Michael Fanone, of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, said that he was Tased and beaten unconscious, and suffered a heart attack. Harry Dunn told of being taunted with a racist epithet that “no one had ever, ever called” him while he was “wearing the uniform of a Capitol Police officer.” Daniel Hodges, the youthful Metropolitan Police officer who was recorded on video being crushed…