In this issue:
"Borderlines", by William Finnegan: The Obama Administration and illegal immigration.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Great-Man Theory", by Ben McGrath: George Steinbrenner's highs and lows.
"Blow-Up" by Peter Savodnik: Inflatable dolls for movie crowd scenes.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Emptying the Skies", by Jonathan Franzen: The widespread killing of songbirds in Europe.
"Win or Lose", by Anthony Gottlieb: No voting system is flawless. But some are less democratic than others.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Dream Factory", by David Denby: A review of Christopher Nolan's Inception.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.