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".