In this issue:
"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.
"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.
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