The Magazine
June 21, 2021
“Local Fauna,” by Peter de Sève.
Annals of Education
The Rise of Black Homeschooling
Often underserved by traditional schools, Black families are banding together to educate their children, sometimes with an unexpected funding source: the Koch family and other conservative donors.
By Casey Parks
Onward and Upward with the Arts
The Musical Mysteries of Josquin
During the Renaissance, his crystalline choral works led him to be celebrated as the Michelangelo of music. But many works attributed to him may be those of gifted contemporaries.
By Alex Ross
A Reporter at Large
Learning to Ski in a Country of Beginners
As China prepares to host the Winter Olympics, its people get on skis.
By Peter Hessler
The Formidable Charm of Omar Sy
How the star of “Lupin” pulled off his greatest confidence trick.
By Lauren Collins
More Reporting
The Critics
The Deep Sea Is Filled with Treasure, but It Comes at a Price
We’ve barely explored the darkest realm of the ocean. With rare-metal mining on the rise, we’re already destroying it.
By Elizabeth Kolbert
Briefly Noted
“The Reason for the Darkness of the Night,” “Migratory Birds,” “You People,” and “The Trojan Women.”
A Critic at Large
When Graphs Are a Matter of Life and Death
Pie charts and scatter plots seem like ordinary tools, but they revolutionized the way we solve problems.
By Hannah Fry
On Television
“Kevin Can F**K Himself” and “Feel Good” Rethink Relationship Comedy
Sending up sitcoms and self-righteousness on AMC and Netflix.
By Alexandra Schwartz
The Current Cinema
Harmony Rules in “In the Heights”
Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical presents an uplifting portrait of a Dominican neighborhood in New York where political strife rarely intrudes.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Amy Davidson Sorkin on the origins of COVID; mayoral street smarts; Dawoud Bey’s Harlem return; influencing the influencers; Rose Byrne down under.
The Battle Over the Coronavirus Lab-Leak Theory
The debate about the origin of the pandemic has become loud, contentious, and infused with politics. We need to find real answers.
By Amy Davidson Sorkin
Hustings Dept.
The Mayor’s Race Visits the Crips
At a summit in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a leader of a local branch of the gang, which has nurtured a peace, grilled candidates including Andrew Yang, Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, and Eric Adams on how they plan to reduce violence.
By Saki Knafo
Dept. of Haunts
Touring Harlem, Then and Now, with Dawoud Bey
The photographer, who is the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum, revisits the neighborhood that provided the backdrop for his early images, and where the old jazz clubs and theatres have been turned into banks and high-rises.
By André Wheeler
Mommy’s Little Helper
College, but for Influencers
Tina Meeks, who makes three hundred thousand dollars a year on social media, teaches classes that train the next generation of Insta-foodies and mommy bloggers.
By Sheila Marikar
The Age of Spandex
Rose Byrne Channels Jane Fonda
From a café in Sydney, the Australian actress, who plays an aerobics guru on the Apple TV+ series “Physical,” discusses Vegemite, spandex, and her preference for Iyengar yoga.
By Naomi Fry
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
A Lexicon for the Late Pandemic
Brush up on your post-plague terminology: “Orca Face,” “Covalgia,” “Phantom-Mask Syndrome” (the feeling after you’ve taken off your mask that there’s still something covering your face that isn’t skin).
By Jay Martel
More Shouts & Murmurs
“The Coast of New Zealand”
“According to the Pact, its adherents were obliged to disperse immediately after the completion of the proceedings of the reunion.”
By Cynthia Ozick
A Coney Island Father’s Day Memory
Recalling an outing with Dad, the most anxious person I’ve ever known.
By Roz Chast
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Friday, June 11, 2021
A lightly challenging puzzle.
By Caitlin Reid
“The Wind Is Loud”
“The wind is loud on the water today / I think about him drowning.”
By Miller Oberman
“Unconditional Belief in Heat”
“I would’ve stabbed the man’s hand / had he not jerked it away.”
By Anna Journey
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
The Sculptures of Melvin Edwards, at City Hall Park
A fifty-year survey of the American artist, including the steel work “Song of the Broken Chains,” is on view in the park, part of the site of the African Burial Ground.
Tables for Two
Gourmet Food Shops of Today
Grocery and prepared-food delivery services such as Harvest Moon Supplies, Fresh Catskills, and Stocked, by Three Owls Market, are the modern-day successors to the Silver Palate and Barefoot Contessa.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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