"Testing the Climate", by Elizabeth Kolbert: On the climate's big week.
LUMP OF COAL DEPT.
"Who's Scrooge?", by Lizzie Widdicombe: A modern-day Scrooge.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"A Buyer's Christmas", by James Surowiecki: Why has retailing gotten so hard?
"The Frog at Forty-Five", by Mimi Sheraton: Arranging the flowers at La Grenouille.
"Life on Mars", by David Remnick: The Coen brothers of jazz.
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Demolition Man", by John Lahr: Harold Pinter and The Homecoming.
"Stairway to Here", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Led Zeppelin returns.
"Family Planning", by Hilton Als: Tracy Letts and Aaron Sorkin on irreconcilable differences.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Settling Scores", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of the new films Charlie Wilson's War, Sweeney Todd, and Persepolis.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.