In this issue:COMMENT
"No Endgame", by Elizabeth Kolbert: Will the Democratic campaign ever end?A REPORTER AT LARGE
"Birdbrain", by Margaret Talbot: Parrots can talk. But can animals really communicate?SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Bad Dog", by Larry Doyle: Man and his former best friend duke it out.PROFILES
"A Man of Taste", by D. T. Max: A Chicago chef fights to save his sense of taste.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Around the Bend", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Speed Racer and Turn the River.
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