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September 27, 2021
“Composed,” by Malika Favre.
Reporting
American Chronicles
An Ex-Drinker’s Search for a Sober Buzz
Can the booming market for non-alcoholic drinks offer a safe way to return to the bar?
By John Seabrook
Annals of Medicine
The Struggle to Define Long COVID
Patients and skeptics are squaring off. Can research heal the rift?
By Dhruv Khullar
Profiles
Harris Reed’s Gender-Fluid Fashion
The British-American designer is helping such celebrities as Harry Styles and Solange play with stereotypes of masculinity and femininity.
By Rebecca Mead
Showcase
An Accidental Collection
How I amassed more T-shirts than I can store.
By Haruki Murakami
Onward and Upward with the Arts
Richard Neutra’s Architectural Vanishing Act
The Austrian-born designer perfected a signature Los Angeles look: houses that erase the boundary between inside and outside.
By Alex Ross
More Reporting
The Critics
A Critic at Large
Percival Everett’s Deadly Serious Comedy
The novelist has regularly exploded our models of genre and identity. In “The Trees,” he’s raising the stakes, confronting America’s legacy of lynching in a mystery at once hilarious and horrifying.
By Julian Lucas
Books
Briefly Noted
“Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth,” “Savage Tongues,” “Three Girls from Bronzeville,” and “Home, Land, Security.”
Books
Joy Williams Does Not Write for Humanity
In a new novel, the author’s dark, surprising language mourns for the world we’ve demolished.
By Katy Waldman
On Television
“Reservation Dogs” Is a Near-Perfect Study of Dispossession
Chips are the least of what has been stolen in Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s heist comedy, shot in the Muscogee Nation.
By Doreen St. Félix
The Current Cinema
The Uncanny Valley of “I’m Your Man”
Maria Schrader’s film, starring Dan Stevens as a robot designed to be the perfect man, confirms comedy as the playground of philosophy: nothing is funnier or more stirring than the sight of somebody learning how to be.
By Anthony Lane
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Margaret Talbot on the future of abortion rights; the Sopranos’ forefathers; poetry for the public; Leslie Jones gets groceries; antics at the Emmys.
Comment
The Supreme Court and the Future of Roe v. Wade
Abortion rights may hinge on a case involving a Mississippi law—and the errors of fact and judgment in the state’s brief are staggering.
By Margaret Talbot
Prehistory Dept.
Alessandro Nivola’s “Sopranos” Time Travel
The actor who plays Dickie Moltisanti in the prequel movie “The Many Saints of Newark” visits the old stomping ground of Richie (the Boot) Boiardo, the mid-century mafioso who loosely inspired the series.
By Naomi Fry
Poetry in Motion
Sharing a Bike Lane with Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou
László Jakab Orsós, a curator at the Brooklyn Public Library, pedals around Brooklyn blasting poetry and political speeches from the back of his single-speed bicycle.
By Adam Iscoe
New Start
Glam-Room Dish with Leslie Jones
The comedian, late of “Saturday Night Live,” discusses her new gig hosting “Supermarket Sweep,” and her strategy of taking fashion cues from Monty Hall.
By Antonia Hitchens
Sketchpad
Untelevised Moments from the Emmy Awards
Don’t miss Ted Lasso’s mustache running wild in the gifting suite!
By Emily Flake
More Talk of the Town
Cartoons
Fiction
Fiction
“Desire”
“I wanted to cry, too. Will you miss us? Will you come home? Will it just be me now?”
By Esther Freud
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
Crossword
The Crossword: Monday, September 20, 2021
A challenging puzzle.
By Patrick Berry
Poems
Poems
“Half-Life in Exile”
“I’m forever living between Aprils.”
By Hala Alyan
Poems
“I”
“Led / astray I say I / know myself more / fully now.”
By Jorie Graham
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
Classical Music
The Met Opera Opens with “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”
The first show in the fall season, based on Charles M. Blow’s memoir, is set to music by Terence Blanchard and stars Will Liverman.
Tables for Two
Chinese Dishes from Fertile Jiangnan, at CheLi
The East Village restaurant serves drunken crab, smoked fish, and other specialties, some of which were, according to lore, born of a Qing-dynasty emperor’s tours of the region south of the Yangtze River.
By Jiayang Fan
More Goings On About Town
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