"The Darksider" by Hendrik Hertzberg: On Cheney's hubris.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"What the ----?" by Ben McGrath: The value of curse words.
"Birdnap" by Lauren Collins: The pigeon-theft mystery.
LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN
"The Taliban's Opium War" by Jon Lee Anderson: The difficulties and dangers of the eradication program.
"This Old House" by David Sedaris: Living in a world of antiques.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Battle Scars" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Transformers and Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.