In this issue:
"Twilight of the Brands", by James Surowiecki: When consumers smarten up.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Lithuania or Bust", by Reeves Wiedeman: Isabella Tobias’s path to the Olympics.
ANNALS OF LAW
"Holder V. Roberts", by Jeffrey Toobin: Eric Holder takes on voting rights.
LETTER FROM ISTANBUL
"Ottomania", by Elif Batuman: A hit TV show reimagines Turkey’s imperial past.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Sign Here", by Colin Jost.
"A New Voice", by Sasha Frere Jones: Beck puts it all together.
"The Master", by Anthony Lane: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Art and Soul", by David Denby: Reviews of The Monuments Men and Jimmy P.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.