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Goings On About Town: This Week • As ever, it’s advisable to confirm engagements in advance and to check the requirements for in-person attendance.
Tables for Two: Agi’s Counter • 818 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn
Comment: In Deep
Family Business: Whither Smithers?
New Orleans Postcard: Getting Lit
The Boards: Break Room
Postscript: Joan Didion
Onward and Upward with the Arts: Larger Than Life • Is television ready for Bridget Everett’s coming-of-middle-age story?
Shouts & Murmurs: Constitutional Crisis No. 1
Dept. of Diplomacy: Overmatch • Iran’s missiles have won it dominance. How far away is nuclear capability?
Profiles: Maga-Phone • Dan Bongino and the big business of returning Trump to power.
Letter from Fuling: Going Up • For China’s reform generation, even spectacular success is often accompanied by sadness and loss.
Fiction: What the Forest Remembers
A Critic at Large: The Key to Me • Fiction writers love it. Filmmakers can’t resist it. But the trauma plot is wearing thin.
Books: Poles Apart • Can American politics survive an era of hyperpartisanship?
Books: Briefly Noted
Podcast Dept.: Pearl Hunting • Why we look for wisdom from the old.
Musical Events: Mighty Wind • Claire Chase taps the primal power of the flute.
The Current Cinema: Unto Us a Child Is Born • “Parallel Mothers.”
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Puzzles & Games Dept.: Ring In The New • A crossword toast to 2022.