A deputy mayor calls storm barriers 'financeable,' in a discussion on keeping the city above water next time
"I think the elephant in the room is really adaptation,” said Jacob, a specialist in disaster mitigation research. “It will cost much more money for decades to come to secure the livelihood and the welfare of this city." After all, he said, a large percentage of the population of New York resides in low-lying areas. Over the next few hundred years, he said, "it's a gradual Atlantis." Remnick asked whether the city is, in a word, doomed. "'Doomed' is not a productive word," Jacob said. "I'm for 'managed retreat.'" To wit, he lives in a village 30 miles north of New York City.(1)
But Poehler, sans the marketshare of such A-listers, has a following based on something more personal and finely honed. Of course, she's spectacularly funny (she was especially so Friday night, constantly riffing for the hour-plus that she was onstage), but it's also Poehler's message of female empowerment, her apparent accessibility, and her brand of humor—pop culturally literate, a little folksy, oscillating between raunch and a cultivated naïveté—that create this sense of connection.(6)
The slideshow, at least, was an impressive piece of archival handiwork. In 1970, Cornell Capa (who later founded the International Center for Photography) asked Arbus to give a lecture for a group of fellow photographers. The result was a casual, revealing presentation of her work and her ideas. After Arbus’s suicide in 1971, an audio recording of the talk was acquired by her estate—and in 2005, to coincide with the traveling retrospective Diane Arbus Revelations, the estate reconstructed the slideshow, matching her words with the photographs and clippings they describe. The result is a master class from beyond the grave, which has been shown publicly only a handful of times.
Jennifer Egan talks about her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, dedications, and getting inspired in the shower
The book Egan is referring to, of course, is her 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit From The Goon Squad. Because no prize was given for fiction this year, it looks like Egan will be getting another victory lap. It’s a book that’s often called experimental and genre-defying, perhaps because Egan never intended to call it a novel. “I’m still reluctant to use the word novel to talk about the book,” Egan told Weisberg. “But when the hardback didn’t sell for four months, the publisher informed me we were going to call it a novel when it came out in paperback. And that it wasn’t a question, it was a fact.”
Are Asians black? It seemed less strange to ask Tuesday night, when, sitting in the large white events space at the Museum of Chinese in America Tuesday night, a freestyle Jadakiss jam filled the air and chef and food media personality Eddie Huang burst into the room, rapping along with the money rhyme, "Yeah you know I'm in the hood like Chinese wings!"