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In this issue:
COMMENT
"Choices at the Top" by Dexter Filkins: Maliki, Obama, and Iraq.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Poor, Poor, Pitiful You" by Nick Paumgarten: Diving at the World Cup.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Old Bugs" by Elizabeth Kolbert: The cockroach genome.
THE POLITICAL SCENE
"The Absolutist" by Jeffrey Toobin: Don't underestimate Ted Cruz.
PERSONAL HISTORY
"Stepping Out" by David Sedaris: Living the Fitbit life.
ANNALS OF MUSIC
"Shy and Mighty" by John Colapinto: What's next for the xx?
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Stage to Screen" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of "Jersey Boys" and "Venus in Fur".
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