The Magazine
July 5, 2021
“Shared Celebration,” by R. Kikuo Johnson.
Reporting
Onward and Upward with the Arts
Where Did That Cockatoo Come From?
Birds native to Australasia are being found in Renaissance paintings—and in medieval manuscripts. Their presence exposes the depth of ancient trade routes.
By Rebecca Mead
Annals of Inquiry
What Deadlines Do to Lifetimes
Can we find a balance between structuring our time and squandering it?
By Rachel Syme
A Reporter at Large
Kyle Rittenhouse, American Vigilante
After he killed two people in Kenosha, opportunists turned his case into a polarizing spectacle.
By Paige Williams
American Chronicles
In a Divided Country, Communal Living Redefines Togetherness
The traditional home is under renovation. Can people find meaning in groups?
By Nathan Heller
More Reporting
The Critics
Pop Music
How Sun Ra Taught Us to Believe in the Impossible
The visionary jazz artist sketched an “Astro-Black mythology” that aligned ancient Egyptian history with a future human exodus “beyond the stars.”
By Hua Hsu
Books
Briefly Noted
“Everybody,” “Geniuses at War,” “Filthy Animals,” and “The Great Mistake.”
Books
Are All Short Stories O. Henry Stories?
The writer’s signature style of ending—a final, thrilling note—has the touch of magic that distinguishes the form at its best.
By Louis Menand
Podcast Dept.
The Secret Hollywood of “You Must Remember This”
We tend to get sentimental about the movies. For seven years, Karina Longworth has deconstructed the industry’s myths without losing sight of its magic.
By Margaret Talbot
The Current Cinema
Questlove’s “Summer of Soul” Pulses with Long-Silenced Beats
The music star’s directorial début, a documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, knits a wealth of unseen footage into a joyous whole.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Jeannie Suk Gersen on the Supreme Court’s term; you can’t avoid the cold; a cinematographer’s centennial; Oyster Island uncovered; in Jacques Pépin’s kitchen.
Comment
The Supreme Court’s Surprising Term
During a time when the country has been starkly divided on matters ranging from the pandemic to the Presidency, the Court has largely avoided partisanship.
By Jeannie Suk Gersen
Cough, Cough
The Plague After the Plague
Amid the emergence from COVID-19, it seems that everyone—following the tradition of Frank Sinatra, E.T., and, presumably, Sneezy—has caught the cold.
By Nick Paumgarten
Funny Friends
A Hundredth-Birthday Serenade, from Bill Murray
The actor and Ivan Reitman, the director, throw a Zoom bash for their centenarian “Stripes” cinematographer, Bill Butler, and swap stories about John Candy and the Teamsters.
By Sarah Larson
Dept. of Exploring
An Expedition to New York Harbor’s Secret, Transient Island
Six explorers drop anchor at Oyster Island, a tiny speck of land near the Statue of Liberty that emerges from the depths only during unusually low tides, when the moon is full and close.
By Robert Sullivan
Eating Out
Feeding the Chef Who Fed Eisenhower and de Gaulle
The restaurateur Angie Mar, who recently closed the Beatrice Inn, visits Jacques Pépin with a chicken pie and a pair of cured pheasants to test the menu for her new brasserie, Les Trois Chevaux.
By Rachel Felder
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
Lesser Known Rejection Stories
Before he had bees, Burt had failed partnerships with dragonflies.
By Taylor Kay Phillips
More Shouts & Murmurs
Cartoons
Fiction
Fiction
“My Apology”
“My apology, Leffler informs me, is tone-deaf and insufficient.”
By Sam Lipsyte
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
Crossword
The Crossword: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
A moderately challenging puzzle.
By Patrick Berry
Poems
Poems
“Why”
“There are no words / for why that I // can find fast / enough.”
By Jorie Graham
Poems
“Boogie-Woogie”
“You shout from the other room / You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie.”
By Adam Zagajewski
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Art
The Complicated Legacy of the Automobile, at MOMA
The show “Automania,” opening on July 4, considers the emblem of freedom, whose fossil-fuel emissions are a major cause of global warming.
Tables for Two
Learning to Love Goat Kidneys and Testicles at Dhamaka
Pig head and goat offal are highlights of the menu at the new Lower East Side restaurant, in Essex Market, whose owners are focussed on expanding diners’ understanding of Indian food.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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