"Unrealistic" by George Packer: Why the Democrats' tough talk about withdrawing troops is just that.
ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY
"The Next Act" by Seymour Hersh: A damaged White House is still eyeing Iran.
"Road Trips" by David Sedaris: Interesting propositions received while traveling cross-country.
THE SPORTING SCENE
"Cardinals Rule" by Roger Angell: A peculiar World Series.
"Do The Math" by Louis Menand: Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Liberal Education" by David Denby: Bobby, Fast Food Nation, and The History Boys.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.