The Magazine
June 14, 2021
“Easing Back,” by Adrian Tomine.
Mickey Guyton Takes On the Overwhelming Whiteness of Country Music
The “Black Like Me” singer was always told she didn’t fit the genre, so she made it her own.
By Amanda Petrusich
The Ancient World
How Nasty Was Nero, Really?
The notorious emperor appears to have been the subject of a smear campaign.
By Rebecca Mead
A Reporter at Large
The Murder Scandalizing Brazil’s Evangelical Church
Flordelis became famous as a gospel singer, a pastor, and a politician. Then her husband was killed.
By Jon Lee Anderson
Dept. of Returns
How a City Comes Back to Life
After a year of tragedy and uncertainty, New Yorkers are revisiting old haunts—and sharing them with new faces.
By Adam Gopnik
More Reporting
The Critics
How ACT UP Changed America
The defiant group of AIDS activists was itself riven by discord. What can the movement’s legacy, of both ferocity and fragility, teach us?
By Michael Specter
Briefly Noted
“Phase Six,” “Walking on Cowrie Shells,” “The House of Fragile Things,” and “There Plant Eyes.”
Francisco Goldman, Archivist and Alchemist of the Self
In “Monkey Boy,” an autofictional avatar plunges into the past while struggling to stay afloat in the present.
By James Wood
The Classicist Who Killed Homer
How Milman Parry proved that the Iliad and the Odyssey were not written by a lone genius.
By Adam Kirsch
On Television
“Hacks” Pits Zoomer Against Boomer
It’s Carhartt versus caftan in this HBO Max series, which depicts a generational war between a young TV writer and a Las Vegas standup legend, played by Jean Smart.
By Doreen St. Félix
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Sue Halpern on the Republican attack on democracy; opposing Marjorie Taylor Greene; Annie Murphy; a bid to head the U.N.; the bar that wouldn’t close.
The Republicans’ Wild Assault on Voting Rights in Texas and Arizona
What began as thinly veiled attempts to keep Democrats from the polls has become a movement to undermine confidence in our democracy itself.
By Sue Halpern
Georgia Postcard
A Would-Be Opponent Crashes a Marjorie Taylor Greene Rally
Marcus Flowers, a Black Army veteran who has raised more than a million dollars in his bid to unseat the QAnon-friendly congresswoman in 2022, gets kicked out of Greene and Matt Gaetz’s “America First” tour stop in Georgia.
By Charles Bethea
Multi-Cam Dept.
Annie Murphy’s One-Eighty
The “Schitt’s Creek” star discusses trading Alexis Rose’s “socialitey” vocal fry for a working-class Boston brogue on the meta sitcom-drama “Kevin Can F**K Himself.”
By Alex Barasch
Glass Ceilings
On the Secret Campaign Trail to Lead the U.N.
Arora Akanksha, a financial auditor and a long-shot candidate in the notoriously opaque Secretary-General election, makes the rounds of ambassadors and diplomats, who’ll only meet clandestinely.
By Adam Iscoe
The Other Coast
A COVID-Distruster’s Last Stand
As the rest of the country reopens, one outlaw Wild West-themed saloon in Burbank remains locked in a standoff with the city, which has corralled the bar behind a chain-link fence in a long-running dustup over social-distancing rules.
By Micah Hauser
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Two Plus Two
Things add up differently in different parts of our great nation.
By Ian Frazier
More Shouts & Murmurs
“A woman I can’t responsibly call my brother’s girlfriend dropped the cat off at my apartment.”
By Bryan Washington
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
A moderately challenging puzzle.
By Patrick Berry
“The Surrealist”
“I don’t know what is // meant to be hidden / from me.”
By Jiordan Castle
“A Clearing on Ruth Island”
“I did not expect another summer, another child, so much darkness.”
By D. Nurkse
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Above & Beyond
Amethyst Geodes at the American Museum of Natural History
A twelve-foot-tall quartz-lined specimen greets visitors at the newly redesigned Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, opening on June 12.
Tables for Two
Hokkaido Cuisine at Dr. Clark, in Chinatown
The northernmost of Japan’s main islands inspires the menu, featuring jingisukan, for which lamb is cooked on tabletop grills, and buttery scallop risotto.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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