Two U.S. veterans who volunteered to fight in Ukraine have gone missing, their families said on Wednesday. One man was named Alex Drueke, 39, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who served two tours in Iraq, his family said in a statement. The other was named Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, a former Marine, Darla Black, the mother of Mr. Huynh’s fiancée, Joy Black, said in a phone interview. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that it was “aware of unconfirmed reports of two U.S. citizens captured in Ukraine.” “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with Ukrainian authorities,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.” Mr. Drueke and Mr. Huynh disappeared together when their platoon came under “heavy fire” on June 9, leading all its members to fall back except for the two of them, according to a statement sent by Mr. Drueke’s family. Reconnaissance by foot and drone did not turn up any sign of the … [Read more...] about Two U.S. veterans fighting in Ukraine have gone missing, family members say.
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SYNTHESIZING GRAVITY Selected Prose There’s something tricky about publishing a poet’s prose. It’s not that poets lack the native ability to write essays or reviews or memoirs — they’re generally as well equipped to do so as fiction writers, many of whom aren’t shy in entering unfamiliar arenas. But prose and poetry, although often portrayed as binary stars exerting equal force, are in fact more like a vast planet and its tiny, clinging moon. Most of humanity lives in the forests and cities of prose, but a poet spends her days amid frigid gray rocks with only the occasional company of other poets. The journey from this remote territory is long, and the change in customs is extreme, which is perhaps why so many books of “selected prose” by poets are loaded with mystical bombast — the kind of posturing you’d expect from people not really comfortable in a new terrain. It’s also the reason that when we pick up a poet’s prose, we expect it to tell us about that mysterious idiom, … [Read more...] about A Poet Traces Her Personal Obsessions, in Prose
Photo: Chris Buck This article was featured in One Great Story , New York ’s reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. Toward the end of July, around 40 people gathered at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens to voluntarily sit through a PowerPoint presentation. It was part of a public forum organized by the Office of Cannabis Management, the state regulatory body created in September 2021 to usher in the era of legalized recreational weed in New York. This was an exciting time — after decades of prohibition, New York had joined a number of states that have legalized marijuana sales and consumption, putting an end to the criminalization that had disproportionately impacted Black and Latinx communities. The new law, signed in March 2021, promised not only a legal weed market but a centering of those who had suffered the brunt of prohibition’s penalties. If those in the audience that day met the requirements and judiciously completed their … [Read more...] about The Queens Native Tasked With Making Legal Weed Work
House Democrats have blocked a bill from Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy in an effort to rush through the Respect For Marriage Act before the Republicans take the House in 2023. Roy’s amendment would strengthen religious freedom protections in the bill by prohibiting the government from retaliating against persons or organizations that act in accordance with a religious belief in marriage as occurring between a man and a woman. (RELATED: GOP Rep Says He’ll Introduce Rule Banning Members of Congress From Using TikTok On Official Phones) Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, is refusing to allow Roy’s amendment to advance to the House floor, citing fears the Supreme Court will take aim at gay rights. “If we were to amend this, and it goes back to the Senate, for all intents and purposes it’s dead for the year,” McGovern said at Monday’s Rules Committee Meeting. “And many of us believe that we have a court right now that is … [Read more...] about Dems Block Religious Freedom Amendment For Gay Marriage Bill In Rush To Pass It
Milton Gendel , an art critic who left Manhattan nearly 70 years ago for Rome, where he became an advocate for postwar Italian artists and a photographer of subjects as diverse as Sicilian peasants and British royalty, died on Oct. 11 at his home there. He was 99. His daughter Anna Mathias confirmed his death. A charming expatriate and tireless networker, Mr. Gendel became a significant part of Rome’s artistic world from the 1950s nearly until his death. In a series of spectacular apartments he rented over the decades, he hosted salons that brought together artists and other cultural personalities. And, as the Rome correspondent for ARTnews magazine, he became an indispensable voice who told the world about artists like Alberto Burri, Tancredi and Toti Scialoja. “His criticism was very prescient,” Peter Benson Miller, the Andrew Heiskell arts director of the American Academy in Rome, said in a telephone interview. “He explained what Italian art was all about for an … [Read more...] about Milton Gendel, 99, Dies; Art Critic and Photographer Took Root in Rome
To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . S ix years ago, after I contacted David Fincher and told him I wanted to write an article about how he makes movies, he invited me to his office to present my case in person and, while I was there, watch him get some work done. On an April afternoon, I arrived at the Hollywood Art Deco building that has long served as Fincher’s base of operations, where he was about to look at footage from his 10th feature film, “Gone Girl,” then in postproduction. We headed upstairs and found the editor Kirk Baxter assembling a scene. Fincher watched it once through, then asked Baxter to replay a five-second stretch. It was a seemingly simple tracking shot, the camera traveling alongside Ben Affleck as he entered a living room in violent disarray: overturned ottoman, shattered glass. The camera moved at the same speed as Affleck, gliding with unvarying smoothness, which is exactly how … [Read more...] about David Fincher’s Impossible Eye