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Publisher's Summary

In this issue:
COMMENT
"Deepest Cuts", by George Packer: Obama and the budget war.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Gwyneth’s World", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Gwyneth Paltrow, from movie star to domestic goddess.
PROFILES
"The Possibilian", by Burkhard Bilger: Delving into the mysteries of brain time.
THE SPORTING SCENE
"Queen of the D-League", by Ben McGrath: How does a woman coach a men’s basketball team?
FICTION
"The Good Samaritan", by Thomas McGuane.
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