In this issue: THE FINANCIAL PAGE "Soak the Very, Very Rich", by James Surowiecki: Building a smarter tax code. THE TALK OF THE TOWN "Dry Run", by Mimi Sheraton: America’s hope preps for the culinary Olympics. "Graphic Novel", by Samantha Henig: Artists reimagine Richard Price's Lush Life. DOWNTOWN CHRONICLES "Sleeping with Weapons", by Tad Friend: Why did John Lurie disappear? A CRITIC AT LARGE "Queen of Crime", by Joan Acocella: How Agatha Christie created the modern murder mystery. POP MUSIC "The Dotted Line", by Sasha Frere-Jones: What do record labels do now?