April 12, 2021
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.
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.
A Reporter at Large
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heard on the Street: After the Jab
Just-vaxed New Yorkers hit the sidewalks with sighs of relief.
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Insomnia: The Opera
O, hundred-dollar white-noise machine. O, yoga dude named Tevin: Help me reverse twelve months of 24/7!
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.”
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Friday, April 2, 2021
A lightly challenging puzzle.
“Let me tell you, America, this one last thing.”
“If this landscape / is dreaming, it must dream itself awake.”
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.
More Goings On About Town
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