In this issue:
"Team Spirit", by Adam Gopnik: The Olympics and the true significance of synchronized swimming.
"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.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.