The Magazine
May 17, 2021
“Homecoming,”  by Kadir Nelson.
Reporting
Personal History
Pearls
After thirty years together, sleeping is the new having sex.
By David Sedaris
Dept. of Exploration
Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved?
The strange fate of a group of skiers in the Ural Mountains has generated endless speculation.
By Douglas Preston
A Reporter at Large
Robinhood’s Big Gamble
In eliminating barriers to investing in the stock market, is the app democratizing finance or encouraging risky behavior?
By Sheelah Kolhatkar
Annals of Gastronomy
The Gatekeepers Who Get to Decide What Food Is “Disgusting”
At the Disgusting Food Museum, in Sweden, where visitors are served dishes such as fermented shark and stinky tofu, I felt both like a tourist and like one of the exhibits.
By Jiayang Fan
More Reporting
The Critics
Books
We’ve Had Great Success Extending Life. What About Ending It?
Now that human beings are surviving longer than ever before, many have another goal: a good death.
By Brooke Jarvis
Books
Briefly Noted
“The Souvenir Museum,” “The Vietri Project,” “Atlas of AI,” and “Beloved Beasts.”
Books
Asia’s Anti-Colonialist Journey
After the Russian Revolution, a host of activists saw Communism as the way to end European imperialism. Their diverse fates provide an unexpected key to Asian politics.
By Thomas Meaney
Pop Music
The Clear-Eyed Songs of Girl in Red
On her new album, “if i could make it go quiet,” the artist has transformed her intimate indie rock into something more electrified and ambitious.
By Carrie Battan
On Television
Netflix’s Flat “The Circle”
On Season 2 of the reality show, a middle-aged author posing as a young waiter, a volleyballer playing herself, and a personal assistant pretending to be ’NSync’s Lance Bass all sound the same.
By Naomi Fry
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Steve Coll on the politics of India’s COVID crisis; the artist who burned a Banksy; Mars photography; Maya Lin’s ghost forest; Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Comment
The Politics Behind India’s COVID Crisis
The coronavirus thrives off of complacent leaders, such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi—and has exacerbated the contours of global inequality.
By Steve Coll
Ars Longa
Burnt Banksy’s Inflammatory N.F.T. Not-Art
The maybe-artist who bought a ninety-five-thousand-dollar Banksy print and set it aflame has big plans, including an art gallery and an outer-space-based “non-fungible token.”
By Adam Iscoe
Slideshow Dept.
Telecommuting to Mars
A geologist and an aerospace engineer from NASA, who worked on the Perseverance rover, offer a virtual tour of the planet and discuss the challenges of working on Mars time.
By Nicholas Schmidle
Here Today Dept.
Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest in the Shadow of Shake Shack
The artist transported a stand of fifty-foot dead cedars up from New Jersey’s Pine Barrens and across the Hudson, to show New Yorkers what climate change can do.
By Zach Helfand
London Postcard
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Architectural Passion Project
After a meticulous face-lift, London’s three-hundred-and-fifty-eight-year-old Theatre Royal Drury Lane will finally be able to present “Frozen.”
By Anna Russell
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Emily Post’s Post-Pandemic Etiquette
When a gentleman is engaged in conference with his business associates, he must always remember that, unlike on Zoom, there is no mute button for real life.
By Nicky Guerreiro and Ethan Simon
More Shouts & Murmurs
Cartoons
Fiction
Fiction
“Children of the Good Book”
“The situation would’ve been funny—like Shaq holding off that little white kid in ‘Kazaam’—if they hadn’t been the men in our lives, putting us up on the wrong kind of game.”
By J. M. Holmes
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
Crossword
The Crossword: Monday, May 10, 2021
A challenging puzzle.
By Natan Last
Poems
Poems
“First Date During Social Distance”
“Everything wanted to be touched.”
By Tiana Clark
Poems
“Skeletons”
“Sundays I spend feeling sorry for myself I’ve got a / knack for it I’m morbid.”
By Deborah Landau
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Art
Mid-Century Brazilian Photography, at MOMA
In “Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946-1964,” the museum surveys the rigorous experimental work of Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante, a group of amateur photographers.
The Theatre
Summer Theatre Preview
Shakespeare in the Park returns with “Merry Wives,” Aleshea Harris’s “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and more.
By Michael Schulman
Contemporary Music
Summer Contemporary-Music Preview
The Governors Ball’s decennial, John Legend in concert, new albums from Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey, and more.
By Sheldon Pearce
Dance
Summer Dance Preview
Major companies return with outdoor performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Lincoln Center, and more.
By Marina Harss
Art
Summer Art Preview
Sarah Sze’s “Fallen Sky” lands at Storm King, women aim cameras at the Met, MOMA considers the pros and cons of cars, and more.
By Andrea K. Scott
Classical Music
Summer Classical-Music Preview
The New York Philharmonic at Bryant Park, On Site Opera’s “The Road We Came,” Glimmerglass Festival, and more.
By Oussama Zahr
Movies
Summer Movies Preview
A musical starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, a Twitter-based road movie, a medieval fantasy, and more.
By Richard Brody
Tables for Two
Caribbean-Inflected Vegan in Flatbush, at Aunts et Uncles
Michael and Nicole Nicholas make lighter versions of the foods they grew up with, focussing on meat substitutes, grains, and vegetables, ushering their tight-knit community into a new era.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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