THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Reversals", by Nicholas Lemann: On school integration.
"Head Count", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Escaping New York City's recent steam-pipe blast.
"End Times", by Nick Paumgarten: Scavenging at the old Times building.
"When in Venice", by Lauren Collins: Miss Manners in Venice
LETTER FROM JERUSALEM
"The Apostate", by David Remnick: A Zionist politician loses faith in the future.
SHOUTS AND MURMURS
"The Magical Grasp of Antiques", by Glenn Eichler: On the thrill of discovery.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Muscle Memory", by Ben McGrath: A new generation of bionic prostheses.
"High-Wire Act", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Britpop star Damon Albarn's operatic turn.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.