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In this issue:
COMMENT
"The Fear Equation", by Michael Specter: The U. S. response to the Ebola crisis.
OUR LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS
"Pets Allowed", by Patricia Marx: What animals can get away with when they have the right credentials.
PROFILES
"The Holder of Secrets", by George Packer: Laura Poitras’s close-up view of Edward Snowden.
BOOKS
"View from the Mountain", by Dan Chiasson: new poems by Louise Glück.
THE ART WORLD
"Shapes of Things", by Peter Schjeldahl: The birth of the abstract.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"High Fliers", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Birdman and Whiplash.
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