In this issue:
"Perry’s Good Idea", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Farewell to a presidential contender.
ANNALS OF IDEAS
"Groupthink", by Jonah Lehrer: The science of the team effort.
OUR LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS
"The Ring and the Bar", by Nick Paumgarten: A heavyweight storyteller remembers.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"The Caging of America", by Adam Gopnik: Why are we locking up so many people?
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Flesh and Fantasy", by David Denby: Reviews of Crazy Horse, Contraband, and Haywire.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.
Would you listen to The New Yorker, January 30th 2012 (Jonah Lehrer, Nick Paumgarten, Adam Gopnik) again? Why?
I doubt it. If I needed the information in it, than I would, otherwise I have too many other things to listen to.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No characters, this is a magazine. Governor Rick Perry's idea for the Supreme Court was an interesting thing to think about. Would it keep the Court from being too political? I don't know.
Which scene was your favorite?
In the story of the Bartender/ former fighter, I enjoyed his daughter's essay on her father and the quest to reclaim his legacy in Kosovo. The story itself seemed a little long, but I listened to it in it's entirety.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
GroupThink was an excellent story about brainstorming and what we thought we knew about it and what are the actual facts were illuminating. This article made me want to check out the books that the author talks about.
Any additional comments?
I could do away with the movie reviews. Most of the movies are not something I would be interested in seeing.
I love the magazine because it makes me think and expands my horizons.
Keep up the good work!
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