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Publisher's Summary

There are seven articles in the May 8, 2006 issue:

COMMENT
"Not Wise" by George Packer: How George W. Bush should be advised about exiting Iraq.

TALK OF THE TOWN
"Choke Artist" by Lauren Collins: Mandy Patinkin nearly succumbs in a case of life imitating art.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Through the Roof" by James Surowiecki: Betting on the housing futures market.

REFLECTIONS
"Memento Mori" by David Sedaris: An unusual present spurs gift-giver's remorse.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Rummy in Love" by Bruce McCall: Some classified correspondence re: courtship intercepted.

FICTION
"Once in a Lifetime" by Jhumpa Lahiri: Family friends return to the U.S. and change one young girl's perspective on time and memory.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Chosing Sides" by Anthony Lane: Brother against brother in the new Australian film, The Proposition, and Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 Army of Shadows is released in the U.S.

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