In this issue:
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Living by Default", by James Surowiecki: The difference between American Airlines’ debt and yours.
"Higher, Faster, Madder", by Alec Wilkinson: Living the Guinness World Records life.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"The Great Oasis", by Burkhard Bilger: A plan to combat desertification.
"Reality Effects", by James Wood: The essays of John Jeremiah Sullivan.
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