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In this issue:

COMMENT
"Crossing the Line", by Steve Coll: Syria’s chemical weapons and the memories of Iraq.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Verismo", by Michael Schulman: Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith.

THE MILITARY LIFE
"The Return", by David Finkel: Treatment for traumatized veterans.

A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Man and Superman", by Malcolm Gladwell: Doping, genetics, and sports.

PROFILES
"Varieties of Disturbance", by John Lahr: Claire Dane’s volcanic performances.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Spectacles", by David Denby: Reviews of The Grandmasters, Drinking Buddies, and Our Nixon.

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