In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.
"Quite good, but not a classic"
In this issue: "Global Trump" by Steve Coll; "Without a Paddle" by Sarah Larson; "The Cost of Caring" by Rachel Aviv; "Play It Again" by Calvin Tomkins; "Desk Set" by Charles McGrath; "Out of Time" by Emily Nussbaum; and "Fun and Games" by Anthony Lane.