In this issue: THE TALK OF THE TOWN br>"A Thousand Days", by Mark Singer: An artist sails the distance of a round trip to Mars. POPULAR CHRONICLES br>"Riding High", by Susan Orlean: Mules in the military. LIFE AND LETTERS br>"The Guam Caper", by Roger Angell: A New Yorker stalwart exits the war. BOOKS br>"The Very Rich Hours", by James Wood: Reviews of The Privileges and Union Atlantic. THE CURRENT CINEMA br>"Fatal Consequences", by David Denby: A review of The Red Riding Trilogy.