In this issue:
"Cruel and Unusual", by Jeffrey Toobin: The lethal-injection dilemma.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"All-Stars", by Reeves Wiedeman: A video game competition of epic proportions.
DEPT. OF TECHNOLOGY
"The Civilization Kit", by Emily Eakin: A utopian self-sufficiency plan.
A REPORTER AT LARGE
"The Intelligent Plant", by Michael Pollan: A radical new way of understanding flora.
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