In this issue:
"Don't Look Back", by Steve Coll: Pakistan and the Taliban.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Squidding", by Dana Goodyear: Southern California's squid invasion.
LIFE AND LETTERS
"The Deflationist", by Larissa MacFarquhar: New York Times Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman.
ANNALS OF GASTRONOMY
"Where's Chang?", by Calvin Trillin: The chef who can't shake his followers.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Behind Bars", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Shutter Island and A Prophet.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.