The Magazine
March 6, 2017
“Eustace Vladimirovich Tilley,” by Barry Blitt.
Reporting
American Chronicles
What Calling Congress Achieves
It’s said to be the most effective way to petition the government, but does it really make a difference?
By Kathryn Schulz
Profiles
The Provocateur Behind Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Issa Rae
How the director Melina Matsoukas helps female artists reinvent themselves.
By Alexis Okeowo
Annals of Diplomacy
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War
What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?
By Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa
The World of Business
Financiers Fight Over the American Dream
A hedge fund planned to make a fortune—and do good—by exposing how Herbalife preyed on the poor. What went wrong?
By Sheelah Kolhatkar
More Reporting
The Critics
Books
Elizabeth Bishop’s Art of Losing
She was vigilant about giving nothing away in her poetry, but a new biography examines her harrowing personal life.
By Claudia Roth Pierpont
Books
Briefly Noted Book Reviews
“Lara,” “The Chaos of Empire,” “Something in the Blood,” and “The Adventures of Form and Content.”
The Theatre
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, from the Heart
With “Everybody,” the cerebral dramatist dismantles a fifteenth-century morality play to produce a work about love.
By Hilton Als
On Television
The Surprising Generosity of “Big Little Lies”
While the show begins with a Schadenfreudian air—a prestige-TV twist on “Real Housewives”—it deepens, and becomes a sensitive reflection on trauma.
By Emily Nussbaum
The Current Cinema
“Get Out” and “Logan”
Jordan Peele’s horror film about racial hypocrisy, and Hugh Jackman’s latest turn as Wolverine.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Comment
Trumpcare vs. Obamacare
Americans don’t want to lose the benefits they have gained, and Republicans are hearing about it.
By Atul Gawande
Brotherhood of Man
Sudanese Refugees After the Ban
At an ad-hoc meeting of the Darfur People’s Association, immigration lawyers help men understand their cases.
By Andrew Marantz
Smaller Than Life
A Comedy Writer Makes Trump Collectibles
In the fifties and sixties, Louis Marx & Company made figurines of every U.S. President—up to Nixon. Patric Verrone decided to complete the set.
By Don Steinberg
Up Life’s Ladder
Per Se’s Seven-Course Kids’ Menu
Like an haute cuisine Willy Wonka, Thomas Keller invites children to eat for free—and adults to pay two hundred and fifteen dollars to join them.
By Shauna Lyon
The Financial Page
Trump’s Mysterious Stock Boom
Markets hate uncertainty, so why do they love an unpredictable President?
By James Surowiecki
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Mystery Novels Inspired by a Co-Working Space
When the dry-erase markers start to disappear, a twenty-five-year-old novelist senses that something malicious is afoot.
By Zain Khalid
More Shouts & Murmurs
Cartoons
Fiction
Fiction
“Crazy They Call Me”
Fiction: “Not only is there no more Eleanora, there isn’t any Billie, either. There is only Lady Day.”
By Zadie Smith
More Fiction
Poems
Poems
“Lisburn Road”
Poetry: “Books in four countries, / The same books. No turntable. None of this is a boast. / Boots, sweaters, jeans, from pre-designer days.”
By Michael Hofmann
Poems
“The Break-In”
Poetry: “My father counted women / afraid one of us would go / missing.”
By Hafizah Geter
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
An Immersive “Sweeney Todd”
Tooting Arts Club stages Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece—complete with pie and mash—at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Night Life
The Raucous Soul Clap Party Turns Ten
The down-and-dirty all-vinyl dance party has become a local institution—no small feat for an underground party in New York City.
By Benjamin Shapiro
Classical Music
Andris Nelsons’s New-Music Bona Fides
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director, not known as a champion of contemporary music, spreads his wings at Carnegie Hall.
By Russell Platt
Tables for Two
The Mermaid Spa’s Solid Russian Classics
You may not have imagined eating beef stroganoff or pickled herring in your bathing suit, but you came for the food, so go for it.
By Becky Cooper
Bar Tab
Drinking Liberally at Rudy’s Bar and Grill
At this midtown standby, you can get the five-dollar “Stimulus Package”—a shot, a beer, and a hot dog—or attend a meeting for a progressive social group.
By Nicolas Niarchos
More Goings On About Town
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