There are six articles in this issue:COMMENT
"Sacred and Profane" by David Remnick. The historical and political forces behind Israel's removal of Jewish settlers from Gaza.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Shakedown Street" by Ben McGrath. A Manhattan block tolerates a Sex and the City tour - for a price.
"Not a Word" by Henry Alford. The hunt through a real dictionary for a fake word.DEPT. OF PUBLIC POLICY
"The Moral-Hazard Myth" by Malcolm Gladwell. The bad idea behind America's failed health-care system.LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA
"The Shroud of Marin" by Tad Friend. An entrepreneur wants to break new ground with "green" funerals.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Dirty Business" by David Denby. Reviews of the dark teen comedy, Pretty Persuasion and the dirty-joke film, The Aristrocrats.
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