The Magazine
April 12, 2021
“Coney Island Swings Back,”  by Lorenzo Mattotti.
Onward and Upward with the Arts
Josh Thomas’s Comedy of Self-Diagnosis
After his beloved series “Please Like Me” ended, the writer and actor decided to make a sitcom about autism. Then he wondered why.
By Alex Barasch
Life and Letters
Nathaniel Mackey’s Long Song
Listening to music with the poet whose alternative history of humankind intersects with the realities of Black life in America.
By Hua Hsu
A Reporter at Large
By Raffi Khatchadourian
A Reporter at Large
Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang
As mass detentions and surveillance dominate the lives of China’s Uyghurs and Kazakhs, a woman struggles to free herself.
By Raffi Khatchadourian
More Reporting
The Critics
Helen Frankenthaler and the Messy Art of Life
With her innovative soak-stain paintings, Frankenthaler embraced color for its own sake, animating and elevating the most elemental sensations.
By Adam Gopnik
The Making of “Midnight Cowboy,” and the Remaking of Hollywood
The 1969 film has become famous for being ahead of its time, but it may be most revealing as an artifact of its time—a turning point in the history of movies.
By Louis Menand
Briefly Noted
“Plunder,” “A Little Devil in America,” “Brood,” and “Mona.”
Cynthia Ozick, Smasher of Idols
In her tenth decade, Ozick finds a new perspective on envy, ambition, and the perils of blind conviction.
By Giles Harvey
On Television
A New Hemingway Documentary Peeks Behind the Myth
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s film examines the burden of the author’s performance of himself.
By Hilton Als
The Current Cinema
A Journey to the Center of the Earth in “Godzilla vs. Kong”
Adam Wingard’s film reaffirms the franchise’s ability to waste talented actors, in this case including Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Elizabeth Kolbert on green stimulus spending; James Cameron’s whales; taxing New York’s rich; drag-queen delivery service; heard on the street.
Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?
The Administration has an ambitious vision for combatting global warming, but it’s only a start.
By Elizabeth Kolbert
The Pictures
Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Back in the Deep End
The frequent collaborators reunite for a Disney+ docuseries on whales, which the director calls the Beatles of the high seas.
By Michael Schulman
Dept. of Persuasion
Do the Rich Support the Tax the Rich Campaign?
Before New York’s budget deadline, a group of progressives, calling for tax increases on the wealthy, phone-banked for support among the one-to-five-per-centers in Westchester and on the Upper East Side.
By Ray Lipstein
Dept. of Adapting
Uber, but for Drag Queens
Patrons of the Rosemont, in Williamsburg, can order delivery of food, drink, and Magenta, one of the bar’s regular performers, who drives across Brooklyn for outdoor drag shows.
By André Wheeler
Heard on the Street: After the Jab
Just-vaxed New Yorkers hit the sidewalks with sighs of relief.
By Peter Arkle
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Insomnia: The Opera
O, hundred-dollar white-noise machine. O, yoga dude named Tevin: Help me reverse twelve months of 24/7!
By Henry Alford
More Shouts & Murmurs
“What happened next wasn’t that she recovered, but she did move to a new city, where she’d have to bump into life every day.”
By Clare Sestanovich
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Friday, April 2, 2021
A lightly challenging puzzle.
By Robyn Weintraub
“Let Me”
“Let me tell you, America, this one last thing.”
By Camille T. Dungy
“Post-Fire Forest”
“If this landscape / is dreaming, it must dream itself awake.”
By Forrest Gander
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Passion Fruit Dance Company, Inside the Guggenheim
The “Works & Process” series has begun holding shows indoors for masked audiences, who spread out on the museum’s spiral walkway.
Tables for Two
A Pasta Factory in Brooklyn
The chef Amit Rabinovich, of Forma Pasta Factory, in Greenpoint, has devised a dough that cooks as quickly as fresh pasta but has the sturdiness of dried, and is served—with sauces such as a luscious white ragù—nearly instantly.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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