April 5, 2021
Annals of Astronomy
The Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Iconic Telescope
The uncertain future of the Arecibo Observatory, and the end of an era in space science.
Dept. of Science
Why Animals Don’t Get Lost
Birds do it. Bees do it. Learning about the astounding navigational feats of wild creatures can teach us a lot about where we’re going.
How Elizabeth Loftus Changed the Meaning of Memory
The psychologist taught us that what we remember is not fixed, but her work testifying for defendants like Harvey Weinstein collides with our traumatized moment.
Visions of the Post-Pandemic Future (Revised) Preparing to reënter the new-normal world, however weird we’ve become.
Our Local Correspondents
Fighting America’s Gun Plague
In 2020, shootings in New York City were up more than eighty per cent. Working with high-school students, Shaina Harrison is on a mission to stem the carnage.
The Politics of Stopping Pandemics
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, global instability had caused a worrying rise in epidemics. Medical science alone won’t be able to turn the tide.
“Zabor, or the Psalms,” “Milk Blood Heat,” “Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free,” and “The Disordered Cosmos.”
Sybille Bedford and the Unruly Art of the Origin Story
The writer kept returning to the events of her life, but she never pretended that her narrative cohered.
The Rise of the Athlete Podcaster
How players began telling a new story about sports.
The Art World
The Pioneering Feminism of Niki de Saint Phalle
The avant-garde artist was one of the late twentieth century’s great creative personalities, with traits that once shadowed and now halo her importance.
Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch
According to “Waffles + Mochi,” Obama’s food-travelogue series for kids, being good means absorbing good, organic things, like fresh mushrooms and politically astute children’s programming.
The Talk of the Town
Jonathan Blitzer on Biden and the border; from war to the writers’ room; so far no sofas; still Trump country; cooking up hits.
Biden and the Blame Game at the Border
The issues involved are nearly impossible to settle as long as policymakers regard decency as a political weakness rather than as a moral strength.
A Mullah Walks Into a Bar: From War-Torn Kabul to a Writers’ Room
Habib Zahori, an Afghan war reporter and interpreter, loves Seth Rogen and stoner humor; on the sitcom “The United States of Al,” he advises on Taliban jokes.
On the Couch
Dude, Where’s My Couch?
When more than two hundred buyers of luxe sofas from ABC Carpet got a group e-mail about a delivery delay, the result was anger, frustration, commiseration, bad jokes, and matchmaking.
Dept. of Naming
Will New York’s Legislature Cancel a MAGA Park?
A group of lawmakers are determined to change the name of Donald J. Trump State Park, the woodsy spot off the Taconic, once donated—as a tax writeoff—by the former President.
Dept. of Sous-Chefs
How Benny Blanco Cooks Up Good Vibes
The recording artist and producer who has worked with Rihanna and Kanye West co-wrote “Lonely,” the keening Justin Bieber ballad, but prefers to be an unserious oasis in a serious world.
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
A Pandemic College Essay That Probably Won’t Get You Into Brown
Freshman year, I auditioned for “The Glass Menagerie.” I find it very ironic that now we see that life is as precious as those fateful glass figurines due to COVID-19.
More Shouts & Murmurs
“Hey! I’m takin’ my little walk here!”
“Featherweight” “Sometimes the irony is so great that the irony turns into cherry pie: I met Allie on the first day of Native American Heritage Month.”
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
A moderately challenging puzzle.
“We were about to // inherit the world, and we had no idea / what to do with it.”
“My empire made me / happy because it was an empire / and mine.”
Goings On About Town
Alexander Calder and MOMA
The museum’s nine-decade relationship with the artist is explored with some seventy works, mostly from MOMA’s collection.
Tables for Two
At Tanabel, Feasts for Delivery Prepared by Middle Eastern Refugees
Hannah Goldberg’s food-and-events business empowers displaced women, from countries including Syria and Iran, by paying them a living wage while preserving their native food cultures.
More Goings On About Town
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