The New Yorker May 9, 2022

The New Yorker May 9, 2022 | the new yorker


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The critics

  • A critic in general

    Our obsession with ancestry has twisted roots

    From origin stories to blood purity statuses, we have long called on genealogy to serve our own purposes.
  • Books

    Briefly noted

    The cover of Megan Mayhew Bergman,
    “Didn’t We Have Almost Everything”, “La Nijinska”, “Glory” and “How Strange a Season”.
  • Books

    The realization of a femicide

    An illustration of a person holding a mentally spiraling book with emotion.
    A Mexican novelist explores how murderous male rage thrives in a struggling society.
  • Theater

    Dinosaurs, New Jersey and Imminent Doom in “The Skin of Our Teeth”

    A maid surrounded by plants and dinosaurs.
    In Lileana Blain-Cruz’s new production of Thornton Wilder’s 1942 play, civilizational conflict is contrasted with the discourse used to counsel collaboration and unity.
  • On the television

    ‘The First Lady’ is a costume drama with a bad wig

    Portrait of Betty Ford, Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt.
    The Showtime miniseries, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson, manages to make life as a White House wife both cosmic and forgettable.

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The talk of the town

David Remnick on the need for political heroes; the art of coinage; Spoon’s idle afternoon on tour; accelerating through Congress; a revival of Alice Childress.

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Screams and whispers

No more screams and whispers



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Department of Puzzles and Games


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About the city

  • Theater

    Sage “Into the Woods” by Sondheim

    The cast of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine,
    Still ! stars the 1987 Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, with an all-star cast including Ann Harada, Denée Benton, Sara Bareilles and Neil Patrick Harris.
  • Tables for two

    Nostalgia with a twist, at Gage & Tollner

    A Baked Alaska for Two prepared by pastry chef Caroline Schiff at Gage and Tollner restaurant.
    The downtown Brooklyn chophouse, which opened in 1879, has been revived, with classic cocktails, seafood on ice and steak on a menu that incorporates flavors from the chef’s Korean American heritage Sohui Kim.

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