In this issue:
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"How Low Can Oil Go?", by James Surowiecki: Cheap oil is probably too good to last.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"A Couple of Ambassadors", by Rebecca Mead: The visiting Cambridges with Downton Abbey's advisor on protocol.
"In the Land of the Possible", by Evan Osnos: Ambassador Samantha Power's evolution from an activist who was often critical of the foreign-policy establishment to a diplomat and senior adviser to President Obama.
"Bus Stop", by Tatyana Tolstaya: The author recalls how her writing life began.
"The Word Shed", by Colum McCann: The author remembers his father's writing shed.
"Sideshow", by Hilton Als: A review of The Elephant Man
"Test Patterns", by Sasha Frere-Jones: A review of reviews TV on the Radio's latest album.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.