The Magazine
July 26, 2021
“I’ve Got It,” by Christoph Niemann.
Annals of Democracy
Lyubov Sobol’s Hope for Russia
With Alexey Navalny in prison, one of his closest aides is carrying on the lonely work of the opposition.
By Masha Gessen
Comic Strip
Adventures in Uncharted Maui
Exploring the island’s hidden trails.
By R. Kikuo Johnson
Letter from Berlin
The German Experiment That Placed Foster Children with Pedophiles
With the approval of the government, a renowned sexologist ran a dangerous program. How could this happen?
By Rachel Aviv
Ishmael Reed Gets the Last Laugh
America’s most fearless satirist has seen his wildest fictions become reality.
By Julian Lucas
More Reporting
The Critics
The Art World
Have You Heard of Nikolai Astrup?
The Norwegian artist, a younger contemporary of Munch, is largely unknown outside Norway’s borders. That should change.
By Peter Schjeldahl
Are Americans More Trusting Than They Seem?
Political scientists say that our confidence in our institutions—and in one another—is running perilously low. Economists see a different story.
By Idrees Kahloon
Briefly Noted
“All That She Carried,” “Upper Bohemia,” “The Other Black Girl,” and “Site Fidelity.”
The Radical Women Who Paved the Way for Free Speech and Free Love
Anthony Comstock’s crusade against vice constrained the lives of ordinary Americans. His antagonists opened up history for feminists and other activists.
By Margaret Talbot
Musical Events
The Sublime Terror of Kaija Saariaho’s “Innocence”
The new opera, which anchored the Aix-en-Provence Festival, is a monumental cry against gun violence.
By Alex Ross
The Theatre
The Class Distinctions of Wallace Shawn
In new podcast versions of his plays “The Designated Mourner” and “Grasses of a Thousand Colors,” Shawn turns the upper-middle-class intellectual hero inside out to show the demon within.
By Vinson Cunningham
The Current Cinema
How “Settlers” Avoids the Perils of Mars Movies
Wyatt Rockefeller’s film about refugees from Earth carving out a hardscrabble existence on the red planet blends the high tech and the humdrum, offering a stripped-down kind of sci-fi, provocative and wary of hope.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Amy Davidson Sorkin on the new space race; de Blasio’s pool party; a bipartisan page-turner; the diminutive Liberty; theatre-kid paradise.
The Race to Leave Planet Earth
Not just billionaires but private companies and a growing number of nations are, somewhat abruptly, competing to get into space.
By Amy Davidson Sorkin
Bill de Blasio’s Wet Hot Valedictory Summer
The lame-duck mayor, who has cut loose like a second-semester senior, plays cornhole and soaks up the rays at a pool in Bushwick as part of his late-term pursuit of authenticity.
By Hunter Walker
Georgia Postcard
Stacey Abrams Courts the Republican Suspense-Novel-Reader Vote
Among the fans of Abrams’s new political thriller, “While Justice Sleeps,” are self-described conservatives, who size up the Democratic voting-rights activist as both a Marxist and a budding John Grisham.
By Charles Bethea
Visiting Dignitary
A V.I.P. Sneaks Into Town by Water
Little Lady Liberty crossed the ocean reclining in a custom wood-and-plexiglass case and was greeted by tricolor water cannons.
By Adam Iscoe
Theatre Geeks
Cecily Strong’s Theatre-Geek Love
The “S.N.L.” cast member talks about “Schmigadoon!,” the TV series she stars in with Keegan-Michael Key, her new pandemic manicure table, and doing mushrooms in the desert with body glitter.
By Rachel Syme
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
When You Unfreeze Your Cryopreserved Mom
Awaking in the year 12081, Mom says, “Did you DVR any of my programs? Although I see that ‘Law & Order: SVU’ is still running. Mariska looks good.”
By Paul Rudnick
More Shouts & Murmurs
“The Theresa Job”
“No one would ever suspect Carney of telling a lie, of not being on the up and up. He liked it that way.”
By Colson Whitehead
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Monday, July 19, 2021
A challenging puzzle.
By Kameron Austin Collins
“Gare du Nord”
“After all these years / I’ve forgotten how to write to you.”
By Cynthia Zarin
“When I stopped swirling / Away from who I was / Becoming, I’d look upward.”
By David Biespiel
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
A Surprise-Packed Exhibition on the High Line
The group show, called “The Musical Brain,” includes a party-ready sculpture by the Brooklyn-based artist Raúl de Nieves, situated near Hudson Yards.
Tables for Two
The Intersection of Korean and Cajun Cuisine at Kjun
The dishes at the chef Jae Jung’s pickup-and-delivery-only restaurant in the East Village include Cajun-spiced honey-butter potato chips, gumbo with a side of okra kimchi, and phenomenal fried chicken.
By Hannah Goldfield
More Goings On About Town
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