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This issue contains eight articles, including a special section on the devastation of Hurricane Katrina:

COMMENT
"In the Ruins" by Nicholas Lemann: A New Orleanian reflects on his ruined home town.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN

  • "Under Water" by David Remnick: The political fallout from the Bush Administration's disaster response.
  • "On the Roof" by Dan Baum: The horrific experiences of two families struggling to evacuate.
  • "Porch Duty" by Dan Baum: Watching the looters.
  • "Home Alone" by Christine Wiltz: The author decides to ride out the storm - but not the aftermath.

    ANNALS OF LAW
    "Swing Shift" by Jeffrey Toobin: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's controversial passion for foreign law.

    BOOKS
    "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.

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