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Publisher's Summary

This issue contains nine articles:

COMMENT
"Count 'Em" by Hendrik Hertzberg: A new idea in election reform.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Consulat D'Influence" by Dan Baum: How the French have helped New Orleans.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Asbestos, Inc." by James Surowiecki: The need for reform in the asbestos litigation industry.

ANNALS OF LAW
"Drawing the Line" by Jeffrey Toobin: Tom DeLay and a Texas gerrymander.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"A Memo from the Vatican" by Paul Rudnick: A multiple choice test of priestly gayness.

LIFE AND LETTERS
"A Mind in Connemara" by Fintan O'Toole: The savage mind of playwright Martin McDonagh.

THE THEATER
"Boom and Doom" by John Lahr: Pajama Game and The Seven.

ON TELEVISION
"Metal Mania" by Nancy Franklin: Going for gold in the Italian Alps.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Candid Cameras" by David Denby: Street Fight, Our Brand is Crisis, and Darwin's Nightmare.

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