In this issue:
"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.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.