In this issue:COMMENT
"In the Air", by Elizabeth Kolbert: Earth Day isn't what it used to be.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Mother Lode", by Lauren Collins: A book honoring mom wit.A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Brain Gain", by Margaret Talbot: The neuroenhancer revolution.A CRITIC AT LARGE
"The Humbug", by Jill Lepore: The life of Edgar Allen Poe.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Extra! Extra!", by David Denby: Reviews of The Soloist and State of Play.
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