In this issue:
"Images of War" by Steve Coll: An image of an injured child goes viral, but the fighting continues unabated.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"The Deep End" by Dana Goodyear: Diving into Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece's weight-training routine.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Sick Business" by James Surowiecki: We're a long way from the future that Barack Obama envisaged in 2009.
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"You Had to Be There" by Emma Allen: How the Upright Citizens Brigade improvised a comedy empire.
"Performance Artist" by Janet Malcolm: Yuja Wang is known for the brilliance of her playing and the drama of her outfits.
"Cover Letter" by John Lanchester: When investors write to C.E.O.s, and vice versa.