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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Today’s Assignment" by Louis Menand: Is homework worth it?

A CRITIC AT LARGE
"General Principles" by Dexter Filkins: The legacy of David Petraeus.

PROFILES
"Music from the Machine" by Alex Wilkinson: Trent Reznor’s industry.

SHOUTS AND MURMURS

“I Love Girl” by Simon Rich: Caveman meets cavegirl.

THE THEATRE
“Sucker Punch” by John Lahr: Reviews of Golden Boy and Glengarry Glen Ross.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Ring Cycle" by Anthony Lane: A review of The Hobbit.

POETRY
“Greetings, Friends!” by Ian Frazier: A holiday season shout-out.

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