The Magazine
October 18, 2021
“Walk in the Park,” by Christoph Niemann.
American Chronicles
Stash-House Stings Carry Real Penalties for Fake Crimes
The undercover operations seem like entrapment, but their targets can receive long sentences—sometimes even harsher than those for genuine crimes.
By Rachel Poser
Annals of a Warming Planet
Seventy-Two Hours Under the Heat Dome
A chronicle of a slow-motion climate disaster that became one of Oregon’s deadliest calamities.
By James Ross Gardner
A Reporter at Large
The Shadow Penal System for Struggling Kids
The Christian organization Teen Challenge, made up of more than a thousand centers, claims to reform troubled teens. But is its discipline more like abuse?
By Rachel Aviv
Paul McCartney Doesn’t Really Want to Stop the Show
Half a century after the Beatles broke up, he’s still correcting the record—and making new ones.
By David Remnick
More Reporting
The Critics
The Current Cinema
James Bond’s Heavy Heart in “No Time to Die”
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s relentlessly self-referential film, with Daniel Craig making his last bow as Bond, is often exciting, but there’s something inward and agonized about the thrills.
By Anthony Lane
Laurie Colwin’s Recipe for Being Yourself in the Kitchen
The bossy yet intimate style of her best food writing taught decades of home cooks to trust the strength of their convictions.
By Rachel Syme
Briefly Noted
“Speak, Silence,” “The Gold Machine,” “A Single Rose,” and “Hard Like Water.”
A Critic at Large
It’s Time to Stop Talking About “Generations”
From boomers to zoomers, the concept gets social history all wrong.
By Louis Menand
Musical Events
The Tense, Turbulent Sounds of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”
Terence Blanchard’s new opera, at the Met, deftly captures the churning inner world of its protagonist.
By Alex Ross
More Criticism
The Talk of the Town
Dhruv Khullar on the coronavirus this winter; L.A.’s mansion wheeler-dealers; on the beach on the stage; an Odyssey of performance; Angels get their wings.
Another Winter of COVID
Nationwide, the Delta wave is waning, but what do the coming months hold?
By Dhruv Khullar
L.A. Postcard
The Oscars, but for Hollywood Real Estate
At the Power Broker Awards, a gathering of the buzziest Los Angeles real-estate agents, movers and shakers of the “Selling Sunset” ilk, dish on seventy-million-dollar sales and why everyone is getting a pickleball court.
By Sheila Yasmin Marikar
Dept. of Amateurism
The Opera Swimmers of Brooklyn
For the opera “Sun & Sea,” the Brooklyn Academy of Music let ordinary Brooklynites in bathing suits frolic on trucked-in sand and chat with the singers, to create the ambience of a real beach.
By André Wheeler
Ancient Greek on the Grass
Armed with a Cyclops eye and a watermelon, Joseph Medeiros performed a one-man Odyssey at dawn in East River Park.
By David Rompf
Back in Time
Back to the Eighties: Crime, Yucky Subways, and the Guardian Angels!
Curtis Sliwa is running for mayor of N.Y.C. on the Republican ticket, and his civilian crime-watch group is still turning out street icons in red berets.
By Bruce Handy
More Talk of the Town
Shouts & Murmurs
Shouts & Murmurs
A Time Traveller at the U.N.
Hey, I’m from the future. You better change your ways, or get ready for dead crops, water wars, and moisture suits. Or maybe even communists!
By Dennard Dayle
More Shouts & Murmurs
“Not Here You Don’t”
“Cary thought that his old man had had a pretty great American life.”
By Thomas McGuane
More Fiction
Puzzles & Games Dept.
The Crossword: Monday, October 11, 2021
A challenging puzzle.
By Wyna Liu
“Standing in the Atlantic”
“We were after death and before.”
By Roger Reeves
“Three o’clock, about two hours of light left, / glorious on the ornamental pear.”
By Rae Armantrout
More Poetry
Goings On About Town
The Theatre
Douglas Carter Beane’s Acid Wit in “Fairycakes”
In his new comedy, which he directs at Greenwich House Theatre, the playwright borrows from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as bits of “Cinderella” and “Pinocchio.”
Tables for Two
The Evolution of an Empire, at Momofuku Ssäm Bar
The latest incarnation of David Chang’s maverick sophomore effort, which once defined the East Village food scene, now resides in an L.E.D.-lit behemoth in the South Street Seaport.
By Jiayang Fan
More Goings On About Town
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