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September 2, 2019

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Amanda Petrusich (“Just a Modern Guy,” p. 30) is a staff writer. Her most recent book is “Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records.” Calvin Tomkins (“Surface Matters,” p. 18) covers art and culture for The New Yorker. A six-volume edition of his artist profiles will be out in October. Madeleine Schwartz (Books, p. 63) is launching a new iteration of the magazine The Dial. John Kenney (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 25) has written four books, including “Love Poems for People with Children,” which comes out this fall. Antonia Hitchens (The Talk of the Town, p. 14) is a former member of the magazine’s editorial staff. Tony Hoagland (Poem, p. 51), who died in 2018, was the author of several poetry collections, including “Priest Turned Therapist…

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the mail

APEX PREDATOR Brooke Jarvis, in her review of “The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator,” by Timothy C. Winegard, writes that singular-factor histories often suffer from myopia (Books, August 5th & 12th). I appreciate this point, especially given Winegard’s account of slavery in the Caribbean. It’s true, as Jarvis explains, that, among Caribbean nations, “those colonized by the English, the Dutch, and the French tend to have populations that are of majority African descent; only the former Spanish colonies have significant populations descended from Europeans.” It’s misleading, however, to center this narrative on mosquitoes, as Winegard does, by pointing to the claim that the Spanish were more resistant to mosquito-borne diseases than colonizers from elsewhere in Europe were. When the Spanish expanded their empire in the Americas, they focussed…

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goings on about town: this week

It’s been only five years since Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” was seen on Broadway, but there’s a reason actors are drawn to it: the play traces the life of an extramarital affair, but in reverse chronology, from the bitter end to the fizzy beginning. When it first opened, in 1980, Raul Julia and Blythe Danner were the illicit lovers and Roy Scheider the cuckolded husband. A new revival (in previews, at the Jacobs), directed by Jamie Lloyd, features Charlie Cox, Zawe Ashton, and the “Avengers” star Tom Hiddleston. ART “Garry Winogrand: Color” Brooklyn Museum Winogrand once defined a photograph as “what something looks like to a camera.” Keep that in mind when viewing this fiercely pleasurable, if somewhat flawed, show, consisting mainly of hundreds of digitally projected Kodachrome slides, most from the nineteen-sixties. Winogrand, the…

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comment: hong kong on the march

Just before Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in 1997, a team of behavioral scientists conducted a fascinating experiment. Ying-yi Hong and some colleagues recruited local college students and showed them a set of iconic images either from America (Mickey Mouse, a cowboy) or from China (the Monkey King, a dragon). Then they posed questions intended to elicit their values and beliefs. The results revealed that, depending on which images were presented, the students readily switched between Chinese and Western world views. Twenty-two years later, young people in Hong Kong describe themselves, overwhelmingly, as “Hong Kongers” rather than “Chinese.” Their resentment of the Communist Party’s growing involvement in their politics and culture has fuelled the crisis that has consumed the territory this summer. Protests that began, in June, in response to…

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the campaign trail: esprit de orb corps

A couple of Thursdays ago, at a rally A in New Hampshire, President Trump—after telling an overweight supporter to “go home, start exercising”—referred to his campaign as a “movement built on love.” Meanwhile, in San Francisco, three hundred and fifty people waited at Manny’s restaurant, in the Mission District, to see Marianne Williamson, the Democratic Presidential candidate who has vowed to “harness love” in order to defeat Trump in 2020. Before she started her campaign, Williamson was known as Oprah’s spiritual adviser. Her platform includes offering mindfulness training in grade schools, paying two hundred billion to five hundred billion dollars in reparations for slavery, and reducing the nation’s “moral deficit.” “She’s meant to be here at six o’clock, but life is full of surprises,” Steven Band, Williamson’s California State director, said.…

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earth first dept.: end zone

The recent legalization of human composting in Washington State has left many feeling squirmy and distracted. So let’s take a moment to air our concerns about this novel form of eco-burial. Please feel free to unburden yourself of any knee-jerk thoughts typically ascribed to fourteen-year-old boys. This is a safe space. Yes—you in the back, in the red shirt? “Would you start by briefly outlining the process of human composting for us?” Of course. The brainchild of Katrina Spade, the founder and C.E.O. of the Seattle-based startup Recompose, human composting is an accelerated form of decomposition by which a corpse is placed in a vessel with wood chips, alfalfa, and straw. Oxygen is pumped in to increase thermophilic, or heat-loving, microbial activity. After a month, a corpse will yield about a cubic yard…