In this issue: "Info Wars" by Steve Coll; "Belle" by Andrew Marantz; "Prodigy of Hate" by Jelani Cobb; "Fail Funnier" by Rivka Galchen; "Cold Heart" by Alexandra Schwartz; "Fresh Paint" by Peter Schjeldahl; "I Love Lucifer" by Emily Nussbaum; and "Shiny Things" by Anthony Lane.
When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.
"Worth Listening to Again"
"The Name of the Fight", by Amy Davidson; "We Are a Camera", by Nick Paumgarten; "The Plus Side", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "An Unlikely Ballerina", by Rivka Galchen; and "What’s It All About?", by Anthony Lane.
20 Under 40", by The Editors of The New Yorker; The Pilot", by Joshua Ferris; "The Entire Northern Side Was Covered with Fire", by Rivka Galchen; "Dayward", by ZZ Packer; and "Here We Aren’t, So Quickly", by Jonathan Safran Foer....
"Game Change", by Margaret Talbot; "The Middleman", by Ryan Lizza; "Every Disease on Earth", by Rivka Galchen; "The Chaos of the Dice", by Raffi Khatchadourian; and "All That Jazz", by David Denby.