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This issue contains six articles and a short story:COMMENT
"Storm Warnings" by Elizabeth Kolbert: Hurricane Katrina and the impact of global warming.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"High Stakes" by Jane Mayer: Mississippi, wetlands development, casinos, and the politics of Sen. Trent Lott.LETTER FROM NEW ORLEANS
"Leaving Desire" by Jon Lee Anderson: The Ninth Ward after the hurricane.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Rites" by Jeffrey Toobin: Reading the tea leaves at the funeral for Chief Justice William Rehnquist.FICTION
"Cowboy" by Thomas McGuane: A brother, a sister, and a hired hand with a shady past.A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Come Rain or Come Shine" by John Lahr: The bittersweet life of composer Harold Arlen.THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Unhappy Families" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Proof, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and The Weeping Meadow.
(P) and ©2005 The New Yorker
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