In this issue: COMMENT "Two Ships", by Adam Gopnik: Toward the new year with trepidation. THE TALK OF THE TOWN "For the Birds", by Rebecca Mead: A high-school chicken club. A REPOTER AT LARGE "A Mission Gone Wrong", by Mattathias Schwartz: Fighting the drug war in Honduras. ONWARDS AND UPWARDS WITH THE ARTS "The Impossible Body", by Jonah Weiner: Storyboard P’s street dance. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Home Truths", by David Denby: Reviews of August: Osage County, The Invisible Woman, and Lone Survivor.