In this issue:
"The Course of Happiness", by Louise Erdrich: Putting time travel to good use.
"The Republic of Bad Taste", by Jonathan Franzen.
"Love Is Blind and Deaf", by Jonathan Safran Foer.
POLITICS AND LITERATURE
"Battle Lines", by Robyn Creswell and Bernard Haykel: Want to understand the jihadis? Read their poetry.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.