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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Team Spirit", by Adam Gopnik: The Olympics and the true significance of synchronized swimming.

BOOKS
"Obama, the Prequel", by Jill Lepore: President Obama’s family history.

LETTER FROM HOLLYWOOD
"Funny Is Money", by Tad Friend: The business of being Ben Stiller.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Face the Music", by Anthony Lane: A review of Rock of Ages and Your Sister’s Sister.

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