In this issue:COMMENT
"Read All About It", by Adam Gopnik: Dan Brown decoded.THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Blago Speaks. Again.", by David Remnick: Rod Blagojevich's cri de coeur.
"Stomping Grounds", by Michael Schulman: Carrie Fisher returns to Studio 54.
"Nader's Blueprint", by Raffi Khatchadourian: Ralph Nader's first novel.THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"Ratings Downgrade", by James Surowiecki: What should be done with credit-rating agencies?ANNALS OF SCIENCE
"A Life of its Own", by Michael Specter: The future of synthetic biology.POPULAR CHRONICLES
"The It Bird", by Susan Orlean: The chicken makes a comeback.ON TELEVISION
"Brooklyn Dodger", by Nancy Franklin: A review of HBO's new series Bored to Death.
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