This issue contains nine articles:COMMENT "Count 'Em" by Hendrik Hertzberg: A new idea in election reform. THE TALK OF THE TOWN "Consulat D'Influence" by Dan Baum: How the French have helped New Orleans. THE FINANCIAL PAGE "Asbestos, Inc." by James Surowiecki: The need for reform in the asbestos litigation industry.ANNALS OF LAW "Drawing the Line" by Jeffrey Toobin: Tom DeLay and a Texas gerrymander. SHOUTS & MURMURS "A Memo from the Vatican" by Paul Rudnick: A multiple choice test of priestly gayness. LIFE AND LETTERS "A Mind in Connemara" by Fintan O'Toole: The savage mind of playwright Martin McDonagh.THE THEATER "Boom and Doom" by John Lahr: Pajama Game and The Seven. ON TELEVISION "Metal Mania" by Nancy Franklin: Going for gold in the Italian Alps.THE CURRENT CINEMA "Candid Cameras" by David Denby: Street Fight, Our Brand is Crisis, and Darwin's Nightmare.
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