In this issue:
"Pessoptimism", by Wendell Steavenson: The current view of the Middle East.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Rebellion", by Jenna Krajeski: The women of Tahrir Square reunite.
"Feathers", by Reeves Wiedeman: Mike Tyson and his pigeons.
"Girls' Best Friends", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds on display.
"Fair Hair", by Mark Singer: French and American theorists host a symposium on hair.
"Twilight", by Jill Lepore: The man who invented the study of old age
"Wild Thing", by Louis Menand: Wild Bill Donovan’s adventures.
"Going for a Beer", by Robert Coover.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
br>"And the Oscar Will Go To…", by Anthony Lane: Predictions of the best picture winners – for the next seven years.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Looking for Love", by David Denby: Reviews of Hall Pass, Take Me Home Tonight and Jane Eyre.
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