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In this issue:
COMMENT
"Powerful Gestures", by George Packer: America's apathy about the Syrian refugees.
LETTER FROM ICELAND
"Life Is Rescues", by Nick Paumgarten: Looking for trouble with a national team of emergency-response volunteers.
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Handel in Kinshasa", by Alexis Okeowo: An unlikely orchestra wins the world's attention.
BOOKS
"Uneasy Rider", by Alexandra Schwartz: Mary Gaitskill's fictions of mastery.
THE ART WORLD
"Big Ideas", by Peter Schjeldahl: A Frank Stella retrospective.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Doing the Right Thing", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Spotlight and Trumbo.
(P) and ©2015 The New Yorker
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