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The Mail: The Mail
Goings On About Town: This Week
Tables for Two: One White Street • 1 White St.
Comment: After Affirmative Action
Here to There Dept.: Big-Ass Canoe
Squirrelling Dept.: A La Cartes
Barnyard Dept.: Rent-a-Fowl
Dept. of Fusion: Mudang Chile
Life and Letters: Killing Dickens • Why I wrote a historical novel.
Fiction: The Kitchen God
Coming Together: Night of the Happy Bodies
Onward and Upward with the Arts: Toy Story • Barbie’s now a movie star. Can Mattel gin up plots for Hot Wheels and UNO?
Profiles: Galaxy Brain • How Samuel R. Delany reimagined science fiction.
Coming Together: The Ice-Cream Truck
Poems: Creation Story
Fiction: P’s Parties
Coming Together: A Lesson for the Sub
Poems: Someone in Paris, France Is Thinking of You
A Family Wedding
Roberta at the Morrison
A CRITIC AT LARGE Tell No Tales • Storytelling has been sold as the solution to everything. But it comes at a cost.
Becoming Tennessee • A portrait of the playwright as a young artist.
Lives of the Artists • Gabriela Lena Frank’s “El Último Sueño de Frida y Diego,” in San Francisco.
Last Gasps • “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and “Biosphere.”
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST • Each week, we provide a cartoon in need of a caption. You, the reader, submit a caption, we choose three finalists, and you vote for your favorite. Caption submissions for this week’s cartoon, by Will McPhail, must be received by Sunday, July 16th. The finalists in the June 26th contest appear below. We will announce the winner, and the finalists in this week’s contest, in the July 31st issue. Anyone age thirteen or older can enter or vote. To do so, and to read the complete rules, visit contest.newyorker.com.
Genre Studies • A themed crossword.