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Publisher's Summary

There are eight articles in this issue:

COMMENT
"Miscalculations", by Steve Coll: On Pakistan's crisis.

CHECK, PLEASE DEPT.
"No Seconds", by Lauren Collins: What do chefs want to eat before they die?

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Striking Out", by James Surowiecki: Writers on strike.

SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Why We Strike", by Larry Doyle: A humorous take on the afore-mentioned writer's strike.

LETTER FROM IRAQ
"Inside the Surge", by Jon Lee Anderson: The United States' unlikely new allies.

THE THEATRE
"Stiffs", by John Lahr: A review of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein on Broadway.

POP MUSIC
"Let It Rip", by Sasha Frere-Jones: On L.A. punk.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Obsessed", by David Denby: Reviews of the new films Redacted, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Margot at the Wedding.

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