The New Yorker August 23, 2021

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2 min.

Sam Knight (“Home Truth,” p. 30), a staff writer, is a frequent contributor to the column Letter from the U.K., on Gayle Kabaker (Cover) is a visual artist and a writer. “Vital Voices: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower,” a book featuring her portraits, came out last year. Joshua Rothman (“Thinking It Through,” p. 24), the ideas editor of, has been at The New Yorker since 2012. Joan Acocella (Books, p. 60), a staff writer since 1995, is the author of, most recently, the essay collection “Twentyeight Artists and Two Saints.” Nick Laird (Poem, p. 48) has published numerous books, including the poetry collection “Feel Free,” the novel “Modern Gods,” and a children’s book, “Weirdo.” Wyna Liu (Puzzles & Games Dept.), an associate puzzle editor at the Times, is also an assistant…

3 min.
the mail

ADMISSIONS DECISIONS Nicholas Lemann’s article on affirmative action provides marvellous historical and legal context for efforts to promote the inclusion of racial minorities in higher education in the U.S. (“The Diversity Verdict,” August 2nd). As an assistant dean at Harvard Law School, I played a large role in implementing affirmative action in admissions from the mid-nineteen-sixties to the eighties, and am well acquainted with the struggle. While I read the article, two points about affirmative-action opponents struck me. First, those who acknowledge that minorities have faced discrimination in the past but who nevertheless oppose affirmative action have never come up with reasonable alternatives that will help level the playing field. For people who have suffered from historical bigotry, simply ceasing to discriminate against them is not enough: if some participants in…

19 min.
goings on about town: this week

AUGUST 18 – 24, 2021 On Saturday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., the Brooklyn Museum hosts an hour-long yoga class on its plaza stairs. (Spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis; a ticket to the museum and your own yoga mat are required.) Overlooking the scene is Daniel Chester French’s “Allegorical Figure of Manhattan” (pictured), originally carved, along with its counterpart representing Brooklyn, between 1915 and 1916, by the Piccirilli brothers, for the Manhattan Bridge. MUSIC John Cage: “Number Pieces” CLASSICAL “After all these years, I’m finally writing beautiful music,” John Cage said of the forty-odd “Number Pieces”—so called because the title of each work denotes the number of players required to play it—that occupied the last six years of his life, from 1987 to 1992. Cage wields control lightly, working with slivers…

3 min.
tables for two: lighthouse

“To eat responsibly,” the poet-farmer-activist Wendell Berry has written, one ought to “deal directly with a local farmer” and “learn, in self-defense, as much as you can of the economy and technology of industrial food production.” Also: garden, cook, and compost. At Lighthouse, an airy Mediterranean restaurant in Williamsburg, the hard work of eating responsibly is made a little easier. The proprietors, Assaf and Naama Tamir, a brother and sister who grew up in Israel, have taken scrupulous care to insure that their ingredients are ethically processed from beginning to end. The staff procure fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket. In late summer, they stock up on tomatoes and preserve them, to make sauce for pasta. They pickle vegetables and dehydrate herbs year-round. Most everything else is local, too. The…

5 min.
comment: too hot

In 1988, the World Meteorological Organization teamed up with the United Nations Environment Programme to form a body with an even more cumbersome title, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or, as it quickly became known, the I.P.C.C. The I.P.C.C.’s structure was every bit as ungainly as its name. Any report that the group issued had to be approved not just by the researchers who collaborated on it but also by the governments of the member countries, which today number a hundred and ninety-five. The process seemed guaranteed to produce gridlock, and, by many accounts, that was the point of it. (One of the architects of the I.P.C.C. was the Reagan Administration.) Indeed, when the scientists drew up their first report, in 1990, the diplomats tried so hard to water…

4 min.
on the hustings: total recall

Last week, as Andrew Cuomo announced that he was resigning as governor of New York, Californians prepared to begin voting on whether to replace their own governor, Gavin Newsom, in a recall election. If Newsom is ousted, he’ll be replaced by one of forty-six candidates, a list that includes the front-running challenger, Larry Elder, a conservative talk-radio host who has referred to climate change as “a crock” and a “myth”; John Cox, a Republican real-estate mogul, who has travelled around the state in a campaign bus with a Kodiak bear named Tag; and Caitlyn Jenner, who recently took a leave from the trail to film “Celebrity Big Brother” in Australia. The other day, another contender, the professional celebrity Angelyne, went to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for dinner to strategize about…