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In this issue:

COMMENT
"The First Served", by Adam Gopnik: Turkeys and Thanksgiving in America.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Grecian Formula", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Ancient philosophers and Greek debt.

THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Debt by Degrees", by James Surowiecki: The college-loan crisis.

LETTER FROM EL SALVADOR
"Sacred Grounds", by Kelefa Sanneh: A revolution in coffee.

A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Never Happened", by Thomas Mallon: The fictions of alternative history.

POP MUSIC
"Time Indefinite", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Oneohtrix Point Never’s transcendent experiment.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Better Times", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of The Artist and The Descendants.

Listen to the titles mentioned in Thomas Mallon’s article on counterfactual fictions:

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Untold Story by Monica Ali
  • Libra by Dom DeLillo
  • Fatherland by Robert Harris
  • The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
  • Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
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