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In this issue:COMMENT
"Beyond the Palin", by Hendrik Hertzberg: John McCain's negative campaigning.THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"The Trust Crunch", by James Surowiecki: The battle to free up frozen credit.THE POLITICAL SCENE
"Biden's Brief", by Ryan Lizza: What kind of vice-president would he be?THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Campaign '08 Abroad", by Dana Goodyear: Japanese fans of Obama and Palin.ANNALS OF CULTURE
"Late Bloomers", by Malcolm Gladwell: Two types of creativity.LIFE AND LETTERS
"A Desert Encounter", by John Updike: A hat, an ocotillo, and an academy.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Inside Jobs", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Filth and Wisdom, RocknRolla, and What Just Happened?
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