There are five articles in the August 28, 2006 issue:COMMENT "Read It and Weep" by Adam Gopnik: What we can learn from Pres. Bush's vacation reading list.THE TALK OF THE TOWN "Tear, Slap, Clack" by Susan Sheehan: The intricacies of NetFlix's DVD delivery system.DEPT. OF HUMAN RESOURCES "The Risk Pool" by Malcolm Gladwell: What's behind Ireland's economic miracle and G.M.'s financial crisis? ANNALS OF MATHEMATICS "Manifold Destiny" by Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber: A legendary problem and the battle over who solved it. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Borderlines" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Factotum, starring Matt Dillon, and the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated.