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In this issue:

COMMENT
"The Debate Debate", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Why we can’t get enough of them.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Troubadour", by Alec Wilkinson: JD Souther in the American Songbook, at Lincoln Center.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Blackberry Season", by James Surowiecki: Where R. I. M. went wrong.

A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Transfiguration", by Raffi Khatchadourian: One man’s journey to a new face.

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