May 10, 2021
Letter from Glasgow
Nicola Sturgeon’s Quest for Scottish Independence
The country’s leader asks voters which kind of society they prefer to live in: Brexit Britain or a social-democratic Scotland.
Annals of Science
Persuading the Body to Regenerate Its Limbs
Deer can regrow their antlers, and humans can replace their liver. What else might be possible?
A Reporter at Large
How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously
For decades, flying saucers were a punch line. Then the U.S. government got over the taboo.
An Artist on How He Survived the Chain Gang
You have to play a role that isn’t really you. It’s like slavery. You have to meet all those demands and keep a sense of yourself as well.
Alison Bechdel’s Ultimate Workout
How the artist found freedom through fitness.
What We Find When We Get Lost in Proust
There are six Marcel Prousts. Is there one key to them all?
“Peaces,” “Libertie,” “The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock,” and “Four Lost Cities.”
The Human Rhythms of Hurricane Katrina
An audio production of Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play “shadow/land” brings the tragedy of storm-battered New Orleans to life.
The New York Philharmonic Mourns and Rebuilds
In a concert at the Shed, Richard Strauss’s lament for a shattered Germany proves apt.
Gender and Genre in “Made for Love” and “Mare of Easttown”
The tech-world satire, starring Cristin Milioti, and the Kate Winslet crime drama, both streaming on HBO Max, put a spotlight on different kinds of male violence.
The Current Cinema
The Small Worlds of “About Endlessness”
Roy Andersson’s film unfolds in thirty-three enigmatic fables, but there is nothing unfinished about the Swedish director’s fragments.
The Talk of the Town
Amy Davidson Sorkin on Biden’s next hundred days; a Hometown stock evaluation; that one last fish; Zoom of the absurd; visiting the Met with Ziwe.
Joe Biden, the Republicans, and Kids’ Stuff
As the new Administration enters its next hundred days, the child wars are likely to grow more intense and, in some quarters, more detached from reality.
First GameStop, Now a Jersey Delicatessen
Your Hometown Deli, owned by a wrestling coach in Paulsboro, has a market valuation of two billion dollars. But how’s the cheesesteak?
Fly-Fishing with the Author of “The Optimist”
Wading in a top-secret Catskills trout stream, David Coggins explains why using a Woolly Bugger on your line is like bringing a keg to a freshman dorm.
Ethan Hawke Waits for Godot, or for the Zoom Screen to Unfreeze
After a rehearsal for a virtual production of the play, Hawke and his co-star John Leguizamo ponder how all dialogue now sounds like Beckett.
Hot Seat Dept.
Ziwe Puts the Met in the Hot Seat
The comedian-interviewer, famous for tossing Alison Roman and Rose McGowan questions such as “How many Black friends do you have?,” discusses museum wokeness and her new Showtime series, on which she faces off with Fran Lebowitz.
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Dracula Is Off the Case
“You’re the only native Transylvanian speaker on the police force, but we need officers who can work during daylight hours.”
More Shouts & Murmurs
“In those days, Joan stirred up our town with her air of dangerous glamour and the sense that her marriage to Roger couldn’t possibly last.”
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Friday, April 30, 2021
A lightly challenging puzzle.
“What’s to become of us?”
“Notes from the Ruined City”
“God has no clock / but the muezzin’s song.”
Goings On About Town
Big Bird Goes Mobile at the Met
A sculpture by Alex Da Corte, installed on the roof of the museum, combines allusions to Alexander Calder, “Sesame Street,” and lunar landings.
Tables for Two
The Transportive Thai Diner
Phat Thai, burgers, and roti egg sandwiches to eat outside, inside, semi-inside, or at home, from Ann Redding and Matt Danzer of Uncle Boons.
More Goings On About Town
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