TALK OF THE TOWN
"Y'all Torture Me Home", by George Saunders: Confusion abounds.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Just the Facts, Ma'am", by Jill Lepore: Fake memoirs, factual fictions, and the history of history.
THE SPORTING SCENE
"Nails Never Fails", by Ben McGrath: Lenny Dykstra's guidance for pro athletes.
"April & Paris", by David Sedaris: The pitfalls of animal passion.
"Oprah's World", by Nancy Franklin: Spreading the gospel of giving.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Faraway Places", by David Denby: Reviews of the new films Boarding Gate and Taxi to the Dark Side.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.