"Top of the Class" by Dorothy Wickenden: Even without early admissions, universities perpetuate America's class system.
NOTES OF A GASTRONOME
"TV Dinners" by Bill Buford: The unstoppable rise of cooking shows.
"A Return" by Ben Bradlee: Memories of war in the South Pacific.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Unstrung" by Jim Holt: Two critiques of string theory.
"The Closer" by Sasha Frere-Jones: Ludacris' new album.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Power Players" by David Denby: Sean Penn in All the King's Men and The Last King of Scotland.
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