In this issue:
POST SCRIPT "John Updike", by Adam Gopnik: His prose and the impact he had on The New Yorker.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN "The Fadeaway", by Roger Angell: Thirty-three years of editing Updike.
LETTER FROM CHINA "The Promised Land", by Evan Osnos: African merchants come to Guangzhou.
PERSONAL HISTORY "Checkpoints", by John McPhee: Where accuracy meets flair.
POP MUSIC "The Queen", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Beyonce approaches a crossroads.
THE CURRENT CINEMA "Curious Cases", by David Denby: Paltry Oscar offerings.