In this issue:
"Putin Sets the Terms", by George Packer: The language of an annexation.
THE SPORTING SCENE
"The Fourth Quarter", by Ben McGrath: Kobe Bryant’s iconic career with the Lakers.
ANNALS OF RELIGION
"Sacred and Profane", by Malcolm Gladwell: Where the Waco siege went wrong.
"Change Agents", by Emily Nussbaum: Reviews of The Americans and Silicon Valley.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.