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Goings On About Town: This Week • In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many New York City venues are closed. Here’s a selection of culture to be found around town, as well as online and streaming; as ever, it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements.
Tables for Two: Xilonen and Guevara’s
Comment: Ceasefire and Impasse
Rome Postcard: Gladiator 101
The Musical Life: Flotation Device
Spandex Dept.: Ring Cycle
Dept. of Automation: Dumplings Behind Doors
Annals of Espionage: Stealth Mode • How the Havana Syndrome spread to the White House.
Shouts & Murmurs: A Letter to My Future Child
Brave New World Dept.: Home and Alone • Loneliness is a crisis among older Americans. Can robots keep them company?
American Chronicles: The Left Turn • Are we on the verge of an ideological realignment?
A Reporter at Large: Buried Dreams • Congolese discovered deposits of cobalt—a component of cell-phone batteries—lying beneath their feet. Then the Chinese moved in.
Poem: Left Out of the Bible
Fiction: A, S, D, F
Poem: In the Dream in Which I Am a Widow
On Television: Already Famous • “Halston,” on Netflix.
A Critic at Large: Guns and Butter • Have fights over rights led us astray?
Books: Briefly Noted
Books: Far Out • What the Bolinas poets built.
Books: Kindred Spirits • Why did so many Victorians try to talk with the dead?
CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Puzzles & Games Dept.: The Crossword • A lightly challenging puzzle.