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In this issue:COMMENT
"Interrogating Torture", by Philip Gourevitch: How to account for the past.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Samela's Shammash", by Lizzie Widdicombe: Sammy Davis Jr.'s menorah for sale.ANNALS OF INNOVATION
"How David Beats Goliath", by Malcolm Gladwell. Secrets of highly effective underdogs.DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
"The Instigator", by Douglas McGray. L.A.'s charter-school crusader. THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Hard Knocks", by David Denby: Review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fighting, and Tyson.
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