"Bitter Patter", by Hendrik Hertzberg: A less-than-satisfactory presidential debate.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Who (Hearts) Baltimore?", by Michael Schulman: The new contender for greatest city in America.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Parsing Paulson", by James Surowiecki: The Treasury Secretary's plan to fix the economy.
LETTER FROM CHINA
"Crazy English", by Evan Osnos: The Olympic bid to learn a new language.
"Bullfighting", by Roddy Doyle: Quality time away with the guys.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Ask the Jihadist", by Andy Borowitz: Al-Qaeda's number-two answers your questions.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Switching Places", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Baby Mama, Roman de Gare, and 88 Minutes.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.