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Publisher's Summary

There are seven articles in the April 10, 2006 issue:

COMMENT
"Alien Nation" by John Cassidy: The debate about immigration.

ANNALS OF CULTURE
"The Soundtrack of Your Life" by David Owen: How Muzak makes you buy.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Nostalgia" by George Saunders: When you start to know you're old.

REFLECTIONS
"The Understudy" by David Sedaris: A babysitter's brief reign of terror.

BOOKS

  • "Here's Why" by Malcolm Gladwell: A sociologist offers an anatomy of explanations.
  • "Drawn to Gypsies" by John Updike: Six years in the South of France.

    ON TELEVISION
    "Splitsville, U.S.A." by Nancy Franklin: Julia Louis-Dreyfus finds the fun in divorce, and Sons & Daughters.

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