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The New Yorker, December 22 & 29, 2008: Part 1 (Zadie Smith, Alice Munro, James Surowiecki)

"Appointments", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Notorious", by Ben McGrath; "News You Can Lose", by James Surowiecki; "Some Woman", by Alice Munro; "Dead Man Laughing", by Zadie Smith, and "A Better Life", by David Denby.
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Publisher's Summary

In this issue:

"Appointments", by Hendrik Hertzberg: How to fill a Senate seat.

"Notorious", by Ben McGrath: The star of the Notorious B.I.G. movie.

"News You Can Lose", by James Surowiecki: The newspaper industry's uncertain future.

"Some Woman", by Alice Munro.

"Dead Man Laughing", by Zadie Smith: The things a family found funny.

"A Better Life", by David Denby: Reviews of Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, and The Class.

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