In this issue:COMMENT
"Leading Causes", by Elizabeth Kolbert: The United States needs to get serious.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"The Big Pin", by Lauren Collins: Jewelry-box diplomacy.ANNALS OF ECONOMICS
"Rational Irrationality", by John Cassidy: The real reason that capitalism is so crash-prone.LETTER FROM TEHRAN
"Veiled Threat", by Anonymous: Iranian women protest the government.FICTION
"Victory Lap", by George Sauders.SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Spousal Support", by Zev Borrow: Relationships with intelligent machines.
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