March 6, 2017
What Calling Congress Achieves
It’s said to be the most effective way to petition the government, but does it really make a difference?
The Provocateur Behind Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Issa Rae
How the director Melina Matsoukas helps female artists reinvent themselves.
Annals of Diplomacy
Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War
What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?
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?
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.
Briefly Noted Book Reviews
“Lara,” “The Chaos of Empire,” “Something in the Blood,” and “The Adventures of Form and Content.”
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, from the Heart With “Everybody,” the cerebral dramatist dismantles a fifteenth-century morality play to produce a work about love.
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.
The Current Cinema
“Get Out” and “Logan”
Jordan Peele’s horror film about racial hypocrisy, and Hugh Jackman’s latest turn as Wolverine.
The Talk of the Town
Trumpcare vs. Obamacare
Americans don’t want to lose the benefits they have gained, and Republicans are hearing about it.
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.
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.
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.
The Financial Page
Trump’s Mysterious Stock Boom
Markets hate uncertainty, so why do they love an unpredictable President?
More Talk of the Town
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.
More Shouts & Murmurs
“Crazy They Call Me”
Fiction: “Not only is there no more Eleanora, there isn’t any Billie, either. There is only Lady Day.”
Poetry: “Books in four countries, / The same books. No turntable. None of this is a boast. / Boots, sweaters, jeans, from pre-designer days.”
Poetry: “My father counted women / afraid one of us would go / missing.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Goings On About Town
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