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Publisher's Summary

This edition contains six articles:

COMMENT
"The Darksider" by Hendrik Hertzberg: On Cheney's hubris.

THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"What the ----?" by Ben McGrath: The value of curse words.
"Birdnap" by Lauren Collins: The pigeon-theft mystery.

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN
"The Taliban's Opium War" by Jon Lee Anderson: The difficulties and dangers of the eradication program.

REFLECTIONS
"This Old House" by David Sedaris: Living in a world of antiques.

THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Battle Scars" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Transformers and Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn.

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