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There are seven articles in the January 15, 2007 issue:

COMMENT
"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.

PERSONAL HISTORY
"Playoffs" by Shalom Auslander: Things you can't do on the Sabbath.

BOOKS
"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.

Before you go to see the movie (reviewed this week by David Denby), be sure to listen to What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller.

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