"Insurrection" by Nicholas Lemann: Hurricane Katrina and the history of federal intervention in the South.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Pump Pressure" by James Surowiecki: Why the gas tax won't budge.
LETTER FROM MISSISSIPPI
"Gone With the Surge" by Peter J. Boyer: An always-anomalous section of the South prepares to reinvent itself.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Intelligent Design" by Paul Rudnick: What really happened during those first seven days.
"The Kingdom" by Michael Specter: Life in the court of the renowned fashion designer Valentino.
"Mammy for the Masses" by Hilton Als: Hattie McDaniel worked as a maid and played one in the movies.
"Seeing Stars" by Nancy Franklin: Nature and the supernatural on TV.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.