In this issue:
"Options", by Steve Coll: Obama and the Syria crisis.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Ringers", by Reeves Wiedeman: Madison Square Garden may be moving elsewhere.
"Unsung", by Tad Friend: The dilemma of being a backup singer.
ANNALS OF MEDICINE
"The Lyme Wars", by Michael Specter: The battle over a spreading disease.
THE SPORTING SCENE
"The Orange Trapper", by John McPhee: Fishing for golf balls.
"Mastiff", by Joyce Carol Oates.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Life and Undeath", by David Denby: A review of World War Z.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.