The Magazine
October 3, 2022
“All Rise!,” by Mark Ulriksen.
Life and Letters
The Shock and Aftershocks of “The Waste Land”
T. S. Eliot’s masterpiece is a hundred years old, but it has never stopped sounding new.
By Anthony Lane
Personal History
How to Recover from a Happy Childhood
Like many children, I didn’t really understand what my parents were like. But I collected clues.
By Rivka Galchen
A Reporter at Large
Did a Nobel Peace Laureate Stoke a Civil War?
After Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, ended a decades-long border conflict, he was heralded as a unifier. Now critics accuse him of tearing the country apart.
By Jon Lee Anderson
Solomun, the D.J. Who Keeps Ibiza Dancing
He leads a manic, exhausting life—but when he’s guiding clubbers through one of his marathon sets it feels like time has been suspended.
By Ed Caesar
More Reporting
The Critics
The Troublesome Legacy of the Early Romantics
Express yourself! That credo was forged by a group of brilliant, oversexed German visionaries in the late eighteenth century. But did they really think it through?
By Nikhil Krishnan
Briefly Noted
“Sacred Nature,” “Lady Justice,” “The English Understand Wool,” and “Poūkahangatus.”
The Mysteries of Mondrian
A newly translated biography excavates the enigmatic genius of the Dutch modernist who reduced painting’s whats and hows to a rock-bottom why.
By Peter Schjeldahl
Musical Events
John Adams Captures the Music of Shakespeare
The composer’s new opera, “Antony and Cleopatra,” displays his mastery at setting the complex rhythms of the English language.
By Alex Ross
The Theatre
An Actor’s One-Man Apotheosis
David Greenspan turns Gertrude Stein’s “Four Saints in Three Acts” into a solo tour de force.
By Helen Shaw
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Jelani Cobb on conservatives using migrants as pawns; a Ukrainian soldier in New York; good-guy paparazzo; modern fashion; the prolific career of Steve Keene.
When Migrants Become Political Pawns
Governor DeSantis appeared to be attempting to troll people whose magnanimity, he seemed to believe, is inversely proportional to the extent to which a given problem has an impact on their own lives.
By Jelani Cobb
Over There
First: Fight the Russians. Then: Wellness Bowls
Yaryna Chornohuz takes a break after thirteen months on the front lines in the Ukrainian Army to sleep in a real bed in Manhattan, chow down on yuppie food, and lobby for more HIMARS.
By Antonia Hitchens
The Not-Paparazzo That Celebrities Actually Enjoy Seeing
Kevin Mazur, who was the first photographer to shoot Prince inside Paisley Park and the last to shoot Michael Jackson alive, has become the guy Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Elton John call over when they want some candids.
By Michael Schulman
On the Runway
Renzo Rosso’s La-Dolce-Vita-on-Viagra Aesthetic
When the Italian billionaire who owns Diesel and other big labels brought Marni to New York Fashion Week, Madonna and Kylie Jenner R.S.V.P.’d yes.
By Naomi Fry
The Painting Life
Mile-a-Minute Plywood Painter Steve Keene Has a Retrospective
With more than three hundred thousand blobby canvasses in circulation, the Brooklyn artist has reproduced album covers from Coltrane to Kraftwerk, and has been commissioned to do original ones for Pavement, among others.
By Amanda Petrusich
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
I Really Want to Know You!
Am I wrong, or is snuggling in the trunk of a car with a gag in your mouth not a shortcut to intimacy?
By Rima Parikh
More Shouts & Murmurs
“Back home, the space for him had narrowed: soon there would be no place left at all. But space had opened for him here, hadn’t it?”
By Nicole Krauss
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
A moderately challenging puzzle.
By Natan Last
“Study of Two Figures (Midas / Marigold)”
“Everything he touches turns yellow.”
By Monica Youn
“Thirty-seventh Year”
“At the start of this narrative, I will pretend / Not to be alive, not to be // Speaking to you from the living earth.”
By Charif Shanahan
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
The Women of Magnum Photos
An exhibit, at the International Center of Photography, of the work of twelve photographers includes a daringly intimate depiction of life during the recent revolution in Lebanon, by Myriam Boulos.
Tables for Two
Newish Jewish, at Kossar’s and Beyond
When the art of Ashkenazi food seems ever threatened, it’s heartening to see the growth of legacy businesses, including Pastrami Queen and Kossar’s bialy bakery.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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