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The New Yorker, December 12th 2011 (Michael Specter, Kelefa Sanneh, Anthony Lane) | [Michael Specter, Kelefa Sanneh, Anthony Lane]

The New Yorker, December 12th 2011 (Michael Specter, Kelefa Sanneh, Anthony Lane)

"Back to the Square", by Wendell Steavenson; "Birds and Bankers", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Puppet Reboot", by Michael Schulman; "The Power of Nothing", by Michael Specter; "Monday Night Lights", by Kelefa Sanneh; "I Spy", by Anthony Lane; and "Double Dare", by David Denby.
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Publisher's Summary

In this issue:

COMMENT
"Back to the Square", by Wendell Steavenson: Egypt at the polls.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Birds and Bankers", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Henry Paulson, bird-watching in Central Park.
"Puppet Reboot", by Michael Schulman: Jason Segel writes The Muppets.

ANNALS OF SCIENCE
"The Power of Nothing", by Michael Specter: Do placebos work?

THE SPORTING SCENE
"Monday Night Lights", by Kelefa Sanneh: Jon Gruden coaches the audience.

A CRITIC AT LARGE
"I Spy", by Anthony Lane: John le Carreā€™s spies.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Double Dare", by David Denby: Reviews of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin.

Listen to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre.

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