In this issue:
"Mandate with Destiny", by Hendrik Hertzberg: What Obama won.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Disaster Economics", by James Surowiecki: Why the U.S. needs a Delta Plan.
ANNALS OF GASTRONOMY
"Toques from Underground", by Dana Goodyear: The toughest reservations in L. A.
"Sameer and the Samosas", by Daniyal Mueenuddin: Tempted by a treat.
"Life Lines", by Peter Schjeldahl: Deidre Blair’s Saul Steinberg.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Tough Times", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Killing Them Softly and Rust and Bone.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.