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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?
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