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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Interrogating Torture", by Philip Gourevitch: How to account for the past.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Samela's Shammash", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Sammy Davis Jr.'s menorah for sale.

ANNALS OF INNOVATION
"How David Beats Goliath", by Malcolm Gladwell. Secrets of highly effective underdogs.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
"The Instigator", by Douglas McGray. L.A.'s charter-school crusader.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Hard Knocks", by David Denby: Review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fighting, and Tyson.

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