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COMMENT
"Race and the Storm", by Jelani Cobb: Katrina wasn't just a natural disaster. It was the start of a referendum on black citizenship.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"My Brain: The All-Hands Meeting", by Hallie Cantor.

A REPORTER AT LARGE
"The Weight of the World", by Elizabeth Kolbert: U. N. official Christiana Figueres is negotiating with world leaders about emissions before the Paris conference.

DEPT OF SOCIAL STUDIES
"Starting Over", by Malcolm Gladwell: Many Katrina victims left New Orleans for good. What can we learn from them?

PERSONAL HISTORY
"The Yellow House", by Sarah M. Broom: A decade after the storm, my mother still can't go home.

POP MUSIC
"Reality Hunger", by Hua Hsu: A new movie, a new album, and the legacy of N.W.A.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Odd Couples", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mistress America.

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