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When I saw Mr. Rogers appear in a post on The Awl on November 9, 2016, and when I clicked and discovered it wasn't a joke (it was about how to find and be a "helper" in tragic times) I thought I saw a deeply sweet, intense vulnerability. It seemed to match a loss of self-assurance, a new, mostly ego-free self-awareness—in real people and on the terrifying Internet—that wasn't quite as cripplingly sarcastic as it was before. I...
Opening Night (1977) Directed by John Cassavetes A drag of a cigarette. A hefty swig of booze. Amid murmurs of anticipation, renowned actress Myrtle Gordon, in the late summer of her career, makes her entrance on stage at the Orpheum Theater. She is starring in Second Woman, and her adoring fans await what’s to be an unforgettable performance. Cassavetes helms his ninth film, as ever, with a fluid camera, though this time around the movie...
Photos by Rachel Feierman Cyrus McGoldrick on Atlantic Avenue, in front of the Fertile Crescent Islamic Library (UPSTAIRS) and a Halal Grocery On the morning of 9/11, Hasiba Rashid was in class at the Al-Noor School in Greenwood Heights. She saw the Twin Towers collapse from her school’s second-story windows, ash and debris floating over the East River and landing in the yard and on the blacktop basketball court. The school closed early that day, Rashid recalls,...

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