"Alternative Realities" by George Packer: George Packer watches a war game in Washington, but the frank conversations are not happening at the White House.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Safe as Houses?" by James Surowiecki: Why rising home prices may be deceptive.
THE POLITICAL SCENE
"Southern Discomfort" by Peter Boyer: Virginia's bizarre Senate race.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"My First Day in Hell" by Jack Handey: It's not as bad as you think down here.
"Snook" by Ian Frazier: Searching for the fish of my dreams.
"Body Language" by Sasha Frere-Jones: Janet Jackson at forty.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Battle Fatigue" by David Denby: Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.