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POST SCRIPT
"John Updike", by Adam Gopnik: His prose and the impact he had on The New Yorker.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"The Fadeaway", by Roger Angell: Thirty-three years of editing Updike.

LETTER FROM CHINA
"The Promised Land", by Evan Osnos: African merchants come to Guangzhou.

PERSONAL HISTORY
"Checkpoints", by John McPhee: Where accuracy meets flair.

POP MUSIC
"The Queen", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Beyonce approaches a crossroads.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Curious Cases", by David Denby: Paltry Oscar offerings.

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