"Hearts and Brains" by Hendrik Hertzberg: This mid-term election should be a no-brainer, but it's not.
ANNALS OF POWER
"Fresh Prince" by Nick Paumgarten: The hip-hop community finds its sage.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"A Lost Child" by Robert Gottlieb: The little girl who took on literary Paris.
"Down the River" by John Updike: The annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"In Your Face" by Anthony Lane: Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat invades the U.S. and Penelope Cruz starts in Pedro Almadovar's latest, Volver.
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