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The New Yorker

October 26, 2020

Founded in 1925, The New Yorker publishes the best writers of its time and has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine, for its groundbreaking reporting, authoritative analysis, and creative inspiration. The New Yorker takes readers beyond the weekly print magazine with the web, mobile, tablet, social media, and signature events. The New Yorker is at once a classic and at the leading edge.

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in this issue

2 min.
contributors

Anna Wiener (“Privacy Settings,” p. 32) is a contributing writer for the magazine. Her first book, “Uncanny Valley,” came out in January. R. Kikuo Johnson (Cover) is a cartoonist and an illustrator. He teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Rachel Monroe (“Stolen Valor,” p. 26), a contributing writer for The Atlantic, published “Savage Appetites” last year. Alex Ross (Musical Events, p. 72) has been The New Yorker’s music critic since 1996. His third book is “Wagnerism.” Erika L. Sánchez (Poem, p. 36) is the author of the novel “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” and the poetry collection “Lessons on Expulsion.” She serves as the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair at DePaul University, in Chicago. Jack Handey (Shouts & Murmurs, p. 25) has written for the magazine since 1987. His…

3 min.
the mail

ANEW FOREIGN POLICY I enjoyed reading the magazine’s multipart endorsement of Joe Biden for President, in which your editors and writers expressed their support for the candidate and provided him with an urgent to-do list addressing health care, the climate crisis, the rule of law, civil rights, and foreign policy (The Talk of the Town, October 5th). I completely agree with the notion that the United States must address threats to justice, freedom, and prosperity on its own turf, but I took issue somewhat with Susan B. Glasser’s discussion of foreign policy, in which she expresses hope that “a commitment to universal freedoms and human rights will once more be a foundation of U.S. foreign policy.” The truth of the matter, of course, is that the U.S. has a checkered history…

18 min.
goings on about town: this week

OCTOBER 21 – 27, 2020 The noise-rap trio Clipping—composed of the rapper, actor, and “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs and the producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson—has been making left-of-center hip-hop since 2014. In the group’s ambitious new horror-themed album, “Visions of Bodies Being Burned,” each song plays into one of the genre’s tropes, occasionally as an expression of radical politics. Nowhere is this overlap more effective than on “Pain Everyday,” which calls on the ghosts of lynching victims to haunt the descendants of their killers. MUSIC “Alice in the Pandemic” CLASSICAL The heroine of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” books navigates an absurd alternate reality, and that idea spoke to the composer Jorge Sosa and the librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs during this chaotic year. Their virtual opera, “Alice in the Pandemic,” employs C.G.I. to build a…

2 min.
goings on about town: television

Ratched Did a caricature as crude as Mildred Ratched, the cruel nurse in Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” need to be reclaimed? Sarah Paulson stars in the character’s origin story, a new Netflix drama created by Evan Romansky and produced by Ryan Murphy. “Ratched” is not subtle about what caused the rot at the core of its protagonist: she and a boy whom she considered to be her brother were foster children who landed in a particularly twisted family. Mildred finagles her way into a job at a psychiatric facility run by Dr. Richard Hanover (Jon Jon Briones), a lobotomy enthusiast, and Betsy Bucket (Judy Davis), the long-suffering head nurse; the hospital’s newest inmate is Nurse Ratched’s “brother,” whom she plans to break free. The series…

3 min.
tables for two: tong

The other day, I combed my memory for traces of after-school snacks. What had I eaten after bouncing off the school bus and flinging my backpack by the door? The best I could recall, with a hint of horror (but also amusement, and even longing), was a tried-and-true ritual, invented by my best friend, that involved melting a Kraft Single on top of a Snyder’s of Hanover hard pretzel in the microwave. Visions of Maruchan ramen noodles danced in my head. The inspiration for the reverie was Tong, a superlative new Thai restaurant in Bushwick, where the menu identifies two of its dishes as favorite after-school treats. Oh, to be a fourth grader in Thailand! To look forward, during lessons, to deep-fried shredded-banana-blossom pancakes, as intricately woven as birds’ nests; to…

5 min.
comment: extreme restraint

On the second day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court, she and Cory Booker had an exchange that indicated that both the Court and the country are nearing a precarious point. Did she believe, Booker asked, that “every President should make a commitment, unequivocally and resolutely, to the peaceful transfer of power?” Barrett raised her eyebrows, and chose her words carefully. “Well, Senator, that seems to me to be pulling me in a little bit into this question of whether the President has said that he would not peacefully leave office,” she said. “And so, to the extent that this is a political controversy right now, as a judge, I want to stay out of it and I don’t want to…