In this week’s New Yorker

May 20, 2017

I’m always grateful when the New Yorker turns me on to people and phenomena that I’m not actively seeking out. For instance, I’ve been hearing about Cécile McLorin Salvant for a couple of years, I’d checked her music out a little bit and pretty quickly dismissed her as just another singer, nothing extraordinary. But Fred Kaplan’s profile of her demanded that I listen closer, and indeed further study has exponentially increased my respect for her and her chief collaborator, pianist Aaron Diehl.

Meanwhile, I’d never heard of Gerhard Steidl, but I love books, especially exquisitely produced art books, and apparently this guy is top of the line. How he works makes for a fascinating piece by Rebecca Mead.

Ian Parker tells the disheartening story of a brutal custody battle between two lesbians over an adopted son (“Are You My Mother?”).

Emily Nussbaum writes a compelling piece about Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale and the new TV version of it.

Then there’s this full-page cartoon by the nutty young cartoonist Edward Steed.

Not to mention another brilliant Barry Blitt cover, titled “Ejected.”

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