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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Transitioning", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Presidents, coming and going.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Drank", by Ben McGrath: The anti-energy drink.
"Cuz", by Lauren Collins: A Kennedy cousin comes to town.

MATERNITY DEPT.
"Baby Food", by Jill Lepore: Are breast pumps edging out nursing?

ANNALS OF GAMES
"Spreading the Word", by Judith Thurman: Scrabble mania's online resurgence.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"My Holocaust Memoir", by Ben Greenman: Spoofing the pseudo-memoir.

ON TELEVISION
"Altered States", by Nancy Franklin: Reviews of United States of Tara and The Beast.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Che's Way", by Anthony Lane: A review of Stephen Soderbergh's Che.

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