Arts and Audience: A new paperback collection of essays by the pianist Alfred Brendel makes sense of classical music for performers and lay listeners alike. And a diverse generation of poets, including Chen Chen, Aziza Barnes, and Layli Long Soldier, is changing the face of the art form—and making it newly relevant to thousands of readers.
In the course of a sweeping counterintelligence operation, the South Korean military had discovered that Young Jae had been conscripted by the invading North Korean army in July of 1950—a secret the family had held close since then. In the South Korean military, those with personal ties to North Korea were barred from service. For this reason, Hyung Jae explained, he’d omitted mention of his brother from his [military-academy] application. But that wasn’t all the military knew: Young Jae, whom the family had long since given up for dead, was in fact alive and may be training as a North Korean spy.
Our partner site CityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Karim Doumar shares today’s top stories:
Once you become a parent, you get thrown into the world of stuff—and that stuff’s design can affect your child’s development. That’s why design for kids deserves close observation and deep empathy, whether it’s for making toys or building parks and neighborhoods.
The most dangerous type of crash between cars and bikes is so common it has a name: the “right hook.” Researchers wanted to know what drivers are looking at when these collisions happen. What they found won’t surprise you.
The latest offerings in the South Bronx might sound like a game of hipster bingo: natural beard oils, turmeric-oat-milk lattes, fashion pop-up shops, and an indie bookstore. Yes, the Bronx is gentrifying—but these changes aren’t just coming from outsiders.