There are nine articles in the first part of this double issue:COMMENT
"Testing the Climate", by Elizabeth Kolbert: On the climate's big week.LUMP OF COAL DEPT.
"Who's Scrooge?", by Lizzie Widdicombe: A modern-day Scrooge.THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"A Buyer's Christmas", by James Surowiecki: Why has retailing gotten so hard?CHECK, PLEASE
"The Frog at Forty-Five", by Mimi Sheraton: Arranging the flowers at La Grenouille.JAZZ DEPT.
"Life on Mars", by David Remnick: The Coen brothers of jazz.ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Demolition Man", by John Lahr: Harold Pinter and The Homecoming.POP MUSIC
"Stairway to Here", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Led Zeppelin returns.THE THEATRE
"Family Planning", by Hilton Als: Tracy Letts and Aaron Sorkin on irreconcilable differences.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Settling Scores", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of the new films Charlie Wilson's War, Sweeney Todd, and Persepolis.
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