"In the Ruins" by Nicholas Lemann: A New Orleanian reflects on his ruined home town.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
ANNALS OF LAW
"Swing Shift" by Jeffrey Toobin: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's controversial passion for foreign law.
"A Cloud of Dust" by John Updike: A review of E. L. Doctorow's new novel, The March.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Partners" by David Denby: Reviews of an eclectic assortment of new movies: the comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the documentary March of the Penguins, and the thriller Red Eye.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.
This is a fantastic issue of The New Yorker. My only problem is with the recording. It sounds as if The New Yorker uses some kind of advanced computer voice recorder to record the words. Sometimes it's not as apparent as others. But it's fairly distracting. I would prefer just a regular, old human.