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Publisher's Summary

There are seven articles in the April 10, 2006 issue:COMMENT
"Alien Nation" by John Cassidy: The debate about immigration.ANNALS OF CULTURE
"The Soundtrack of Your Life" by David Owen: How Muzak makes you buy. SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Nostalgia" by George Saunders: When you start to know you're old. REFLECTIONS
"The Understudy" by David Sedaris: A babysitter's brief reign of terror.BOOKS

"Here's Why" by Malcolm Gladwell: A sociologist offers an anatomy of explanations.

"Drawn to Gypsies" by John Updike: Six years in the South of France.ON TELEVISION
"Splitsville, U.S.A." by Nancy Franklin: Julia Louis-Dreyfus finds the fun in divorce, and Sons & Daughters.
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