In this issue:
"How Bad Is It?", by John Cassidy: The economy after the debt-ceiling agreement.
THE POLITICAL SCENE
"Leap of Faith", by Ryan Lizza: The making of Michele Bachman.
"Voicebox 360", by Tom Bissell: The secrets of video-game acting.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Is That All There Is?", by James Wood: The new secularism.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Maids of Honor", by David Denby: A review of The Help.
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