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"
John McGrath is one of Australia's youngest and most successful businessmen. With a forecast turnover of almost a billion dollars, his residential real estate company, McGrath Partners hasn't put a foot wrong. Why do some people make it to the top while others don't? Does being at the top matter? Does money equal success? John McGrath would argue no to both those points - success is more than that, and it needn't be either.
"Few good tips mixed in"
"Some Nukes" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Cruise Control" by Ben McGrath; "After Stevens" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Everybody Have Fun" by Elizabeth Kolbert: "Pioneer" by John McPhee; "Don't Ask Me" by Paul Rudnick; "The Long War" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
There are six articles in this edition: "Huckabee?", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Pigeon Police", by Ben McGrath; "Come One, Come All", by Frances FitzGerald; "Darwin's Surprise", by Michael Specter; "Nan, American Man", by John Updike; and "High Fliers", by David Denby.
"Joiner" by Ben McGrath; "Monkey Hill" by Paul Theroux; "Lost In Paradise" by John Lahr; and "Coke Is It" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Too Much Information" by James Surowiecki; "Ready, Set, Rample" by Judith Thurman; "Barefootin'" by Lauren Collins; "Where Hip-Hop Lives" by Ben McGrath; "Fighting Faiths" by George Packer; and "Going Long" by John Cassidy.
"Sentenced" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Oops Con" by Ben McGrath; "Title IX Babies" by David Owen; "How Fred Flintstone Got Home, Got Wild, and Got a Stone Age Life" by Larry Doyle; "Me Media" by John Cassidy; and "Save Us" by Anthony Lane.
"Hot Topic" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Book 'Em Party" by Ben McGrath; "Disappearing Act" by John Lahr; "Sheepish" by Paul Rudnick; and "Two Heads" by Larissa MacFarquhar.