In this issue:
"Behind the Curtain", by David Remnick: Libya, Barack Obama, and leading from behind.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Local Hero", by William Finnegan: The best surfer on Long Island.
"Better, Faster, Stronger", by Rebecca Mead: The four-hour world of Timothy Ferriss.
LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA
"Contract City", by Tad Friend: A deadly budget dispute in Orange County.
OUR FAR-FLUNG CORRESPONDENTS
"The March of the Strandbeests", by Ian Frazier: Theo Jansen’s wind-powered sculpture.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Noble Creatures", by David Denby: Reviews of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Chasing Madoff.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.
As with many issues of the New Yorker there are places where the narrator flubs the first take and redoes it. However, they don't bother to edit out the flubbed part. I find this to be both insulting and unprofessional. I also wish they would cut out the very predicable and boring editorials and give us more articles.
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