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In this issue:

COMMENT
"The Al Qaeda Switchboard", by Lawrence Wright: Could phone surveillance have prevented 9/11?

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Do the Hustle", by James Surowiecki: Con artists and the American Dream.

LETTER FROM BEIJING
"Confucius Comes Home", by Evan Osnos: A new passion for an old philosopher.

PROFILES
"Written Off", by Rebecca Mead: Jennifer Weiner’s quest for literary respect.

A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Making It", by Evgeny Morozov: How makers became the new hackers.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Downton Abbey with Cats", by John Hodgman.

CURRENT CINEMA
"Partners in Crime", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Labor Day and The Selfish Giant.

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