In this issue:
"Today’s Assignment" by Louis Menand: Is homework worth it?
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"General Principles" by Dexter Filkins: The legacy of David Petraeus.
"Music from the Machine" by Alex Wilkinson: Trent Reznor’s industry.
SHOUTS AND MURMURS
“I Love Girl” by Simon Rich: Caveman meets cavegirl.
“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.
“Greetings, Friends!” by Ian Frazier: A holiday season shout-out.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.