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In this issue:
COMMENT
"Um, Pathetic", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Liberal attacks against Pres. Obama's health-care plan.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Timber!", by Ben McGrath: A lesson in proper chain-saw technique.
"Diller at Ninety-Two", by Tad Friend: One of the pioneers of female stand-up comedy. PROFILES
"Number Nine" by Lauren Collins: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's high-profile debut.SHOUTS & MURMURS
"The Cursing Mommy Cooks Italian", by Ian Frazier: The Cursing Mommy gets interrupted while trying to make risotto.
POP MUSIC
"What Do You Want?", by Sasha Frere-Jones: Annie's underground mainstream.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Hard Days and Nights", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Youth in Revolt and Sweetgrass.
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