OCTOBER 26, 2020
4 GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN
11 THE TALK OF THE TOWN
Amy Davidson Sorkin on the Barrett hearings;
QAnon at the ballot box; learning the Reels deal;
judged by the cover; socially distant Halloween.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
Eyal Press 16 Safety Last
Are workplace protections in danger?
SHOUTS & MURMURS
Jack Handey 25 Vaccines I’m Working On
ANNALS OF JUSTICE
Rachel Monroe 26 Stolen Valor
The shaming of military phonies.
Anna Wiener 32 Privacy Settings
A cryptographer’s vision for a better Internet.
Barry Blitt 41 “Last-Ditch Efforts to Appear Presidential”
LIFE AND LETTERS
Alexis Okeowo 44 Secret Histories
Saidiya Hartman reimagines Black America.
Joy Williams 52 “Nettle”
A CRITIC AT LARGE
Daniel Alarcón 57 Rita Indiana’s anthems of discontent.
61 Briefly Noted
Giles Harvey 62 All about Martin Amis.
Adam Gopnik 67 How the Louvre became great.
Alex Ross 72 An Irish composer embraces chaos.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
Anthony Lane 74 “Martin Eden” goes to Naples.
Erika L. Sánchez 36 “Instructions for Living”
Tadeusz Dąbrowski 49 “Letter”
R. Kikuo Johnson “Shifting Gears