In this issue:
br>"Um, Pathetic", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Liberal attacks against Pres. Obama's health-care plan.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
br>"Timber!", by Ben McGrath: A lesson in proper chain-saw technique.
br>"Diller at Ninety-Two", by Tad Friend: One of the pioneers of female stand-up comedy.
br>"Number Nine" by Lauren Collins: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's high-profile debut.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
br>"The Cursing Mommy Cooks Italian", by Ian Frazier: The Cursing Mommy gets interrupted while trying to make risotto.
br>"What Do You Want?", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Annie's underground mainstream.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
br>"Hard Days and Nights", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Youth in Revolt and Sweetgrass.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.