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This issue contains seven articles:COMMENT
"Insurrection" by Nicholas Lemann: Hurricane Katrina and the history of federal intervention in the South.THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Pump Pressure" by James Surowiecki: Why the gas tax won't budge.LETTER FROM MISSISSIPPI
"Gone With the Surge" by Peter J. Boyer: An always-anomalous section of the South prepares to reinvent itself.SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Intelligent Design" by Paul Rudnick: What really happened during those first seven days.PROFILES
"The Kingdom" by Michael Specter: Life in the court of the renowned fashion designer Valentino.BOOKS
"Mammy for the Masses" by Hilton Als: Hattie McDaniel worked as a maid and played one in the movies.ON TELEVISION
"Seeing Stars" by Nancy Franklin: Nature and the supernatural on TV.
(P) and ©2005 The New Yorker
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