"Desolation Rows" by Hendrik Hertzberg: Saddam Hussein's execution.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Shredding Party" by Robert Sullivan: A Staples road show hits NYC's Union Square.
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON
"The Starting Gate" by Jeffrey Goldberg: Iraq becomes a test for the Democrats.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"First Love" by Paul Rudnick: President and Laura Bush reminisce about their girls.
"Playoffs" by Shalom Auslander: Things you can't do on the Sabbath.
"Prisoners" by Joan Acocella: Martin Amis' House of Meetings.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Friends and Enemies" by David Denby: Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal and Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima.
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