In this issue: COMMENT "The Al Qaeda Switchboard", by Lawrence Wright: Could phone surveillance have prevented 9/11? THE FINANCIAL PAGE "Do the Hustle", by James Surowiecki: Con artists and the American Dream. LETTER FROM BEIJING "Confucius Comes Home", by Evan Osnos: A new passion for an old philosopher. PROFILES "Written Off", by Rebecca Mead: Jennifer Weiner’s quest for literary respect. A CRITIC AT LARGE "Making It", by Evgeny Morozov: How makers became the new hackers. SHOUTS & MURMURS "Downton Abbey with Cats", by John Hodgman. CURRENT CINEMA "Partners in Crime", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Labor Day and The Selfish Giant.