In this issue:
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"In Funds We Trust?", by James Surowiecki: The debate over entitlement funding.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Polar Express", by Keith Gessen: A voyage across a melting Arctic.
"The Pale King", by Bill Wyman: The meaning of Michael Jackson.
"In the Rough", by Sasha Frere-Jones: What to make of Rihanna?
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.