In this issue:
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Bird's-Eye View", by Lauren Collins: In Skyfaring the pilot Mark Vanhoenacker rediscovers the metaphysics of flying.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Five Hostages", by Lawrence Wright: Families whose children were held captive in Syria felt that U. S. officials had abandoned them. So they secretly joined forces.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.