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.