In this issue:
"Last Battles", by Jelani Cobb: The confederacy's final retreat.
ANNALS OF JUSTICE
"Revenge Killing", by Rachel Aviv: Race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish.
LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA
"The Higher Life", by Lizzie Widdicombe: A mindfulness guru for the tech set.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"June, Moon, Tune", by Adam Gopnik: What is this thing called love?
"The System", by Laura Miller: A sprawling novel about the war on drugs.
"Doll Parts", by Emily Nussbaum: UnREAL deconstructs The Bachelor.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.