In this issue:
"The Public on the Private" by Margaret Talbot: Why Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Anyone? Anyone?" by Nick Paumgarten: America gets its report card.
"Lumia" by Gregory Zinman: An artwork's cameo in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Alice's Wonderland" by Rebecca Mead: A Wal-Mart heiress builds a museum.
"Gravel" by Alice Munro.
"Show Runners" by Sasha Frere-Jones: New music by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Adele.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Anything Goes" by David Denby: How summer went digital.
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I happen to subscribe to the Kindle edition, mostly just to use it's excellant text-to-speech functionality, but thought this sounded even better. Unfortunately, to my surprise and horror, each Audible issue probably contains less than half of the articles in the latest New Yorker. This issue is missing what is easily the most compelling article - a riveting, in-depth story on the Galleon insider trading scandle and its relation to the mortgage crisis. I hate to imagine what I'll be missing in future issues.
Furthermore, while the writing is universally world class, the readings are uneven. I find the female reader overly chipper and school-marmish and the male reader wearyingly droll. The Economist hires BBC-quality professionals to read every article, available in their excellant app. I do wish this great magazine would take this excellant concept a little bit further - with better narrators and a complete recording of each issue.
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