In this issue: COMMENT "Behind the Wall", by Amy Davidson: The reunification of Berlin. THE TALK OF THE TOWN "Good-Luck Charm", by Reeves Wiedeman: The Kansas City Royals' secret weapon. A REPORTER AT LARGE "Against the Grain", by Michael Specter: Our ever-increasing avoidance of gluten. OUR LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS "Bakeoff", by Adam Gopnik: The fascination with pastry hybrids. OUR FAR-FLUNG CORRESPONDENTS "Floating Feasts", by David Owen: Fine dining on the high seas. RATIONS "Medical Meals", by Rivka Galchen: Reminiscing about hospital meals. THE CURRENT CINEMA "Making the News", by Anthony Lane: A review of Nightcrawler.