In this issue:
"Schoolwork", by Nicholas Lemann: The real problem with higher education.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"The Laughing Man", by Jim Windolf: Robert Plant plays the rock star.
ANNALS OF LAW
"Without a Paddle", by Jeffrey Toobin: Can Justice Breyer save the Obama agenda?
LETTER FROM MOSCOW
"Garage Mechanics", by Julia Ioffe: Can an oligarch's girlfriend kick-start a contemporary-arts scene in Moscow?
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Adaptation", by Rebecca Mead: A theatre company is putting every word of The Great Gatsby onstage.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"English Tests", by David Denby: Reviews of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Never Let Me Go.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.