In this issue:
"Iraq's Cost", by Hendrik Hertzberg: President Obama's address to the nation on the Iraq War.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"In the Book", by Lizzie Widdicombe: The phone directory’s slow decline.
"Say Cheese", by Robert Sullivan: An edible heirloom from Lithuania.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"The Mastermind", by Terry McDermott: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the making of 9/11.
"Power Lines", by Kelefa Sanneh: What’s behind Rhonda Byrne’s spiritual empire?
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"When in Europe", by David Denby: Reviews of The American, Heartbreaker and Hideaway.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.