The Magazine
August 30, 2021
“Exit Strategy,” by Christoph Niemann.
American Chronicles
Life After White-Collar Crime
Every week, fallen executives come together, seeking sympathy and a second act.
By Evan Osnos
The Sporting Scene
Invasion of the Robot Umpires
The minor leagues have been testing the Automated Ball-Strike System. But isn’t yelling and screaming about bad calls half the fun of baseball?
By Zach Helfand
Annals of Medicine
Costa Ricans Live Longer Than We Do. What’s the Secret?
We’ve starved our public-health sector. The Costa Rica model demonstrates what happens when you put it first.
By Atul Gawande
The Real C.E.O. of “Succession”
How the writer Jesse Armstrong keeps the billionaire Roy family trapped in its gilded cage.
By Rebecca Mead
More Reporting
The Critics
On Television
Sandra Oh’s Masterly Performance of Empathy in “The Chair”
The actress, who has made a career out of playing complementary roles, is skilled at working off the energies of those around her. Were this real life, these are precisely the qualities that would make her a good academic chair.
By Hua Hsu
America Was Eager for Chinese Immigrants. What Happened?
In the gold-rush era, ceremonial greetings swiftly gave way to bigotry and violence.
By Michael Luo
Simone de Beauvoir’s Lost Novel of Early Love
Her passion for a doomed friend was so strong that Beauvoir wrote about it again and again.
By Merve Emre
Briefly Noted
“The Minister Primarily,” “I Couldn’t Love You More,” “In the Forest of No Joy,” and “Pure Flame.”
Is the Digital Age Costing Us Our Ability to Wander?
In a newly translated novel, “To Walk Alone in the Crowd,” the fate of the flâneur is at risk.
By Alejandro Chacoff
Musical Events
The Most Vital Conductor of Beethoven Is Ninety-four
Herbert Blomstedt’s readings deftly combine vigor and lyricism.
By Alex Ross
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Dexter Filkins on the withdrawal from Afghanistan; flying from Kabul; unsolved pyramid mysteries; a tribute to Bill Cunningham; hologram honcho.
What We Left Behind in Afghanistan
The United States’ hasty, ill-planned withdrawal was one last favor for the Taliban.
By Dexter Filkins
Leaving Kabul
As Told To: The Flight From Kabul
Last week, the Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi hastily packed a few things, made it onto a flight, and watched from the airplane window as her city got smaller and smaller.
By Adam Iscoe
Mississippi Postcard
Did Spacemen, or People with Ramps, Build the Pyramids?
Elon Musk said aliens did it (“obv.”), but an amateur Egyptologist in Mississippi tested out a homemade lever gizmo to lift a two-ton block.
By Ben McGrath
Best-Laid Plans
Bill Cunningham’s Wish Come True
The choreographer Tom Gold was in a conga line when he met the late Times photographer. Now he’s realized Cunningham’s dream of a dance performance at Untermyer Gardens.
By Rima Suqi
Brave New World Dept.
Will Holograms Solve the Social-Distancing Dilemma?
Once a means of reanimating dead people such as Kim Kardashian’s dad and Billie Holiday, the “telepresence” industry can beam Sean Combs—and you—around the world.
By Neima Jahromi
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
It’s Ten O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?
I don’t want to scare you, but your unsupervised father could even be running for a Senate seat, with a thousand lawn signs that read “Commercials Are Too Loud!”
By Nicky Guerreiro and Ethan Simon
More Shouts & Murmurs
15 Must-Haves for Baby
A comically tiny and insufficient excerpt from “9,000 Must-Haves for Baby.”
By Liana Finck
“The Mom of Bold Action”
“This was, so far, the biggest thing that had ever happened to them as a family.”
By George Saunders
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Friday, August 20, 2021
A lightly challenging puzzle.
By Robyn Weintraub
“The Gate of Horn & the Gate of Ivory”
“Somewhere I read that music was invented to confirm human loneliness.”
By Bessie Golding
“Doesn’t it bother you sometimes / what living is, what the day has turned into?”
By Alex Dimitrov
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
A Haven for Dance with a View of the Catskills
The Kaatsbaan Summer Festival, in Tivoli, New York, features commissions by Gemma Bond, Lauren Lovette, and Claire Davison.
Tables for Two
Crab Boils, at the Crabby Shack and Sup Crab
The Crabby Shack, which opened in Crown Heights before Asian-Cajun crab boils began popping up all over, serves perfectly seasoned crab legs and “clobster” rolls; Sup Crab offers a Sichuan-peppercorn-laced boil that’s worth seeking out.
By Shauna Lyon
More Goings On About Town
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