Issue of 2004-11-29
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
COMMENT/ MORE WAR/ Philip Gourevitch on seeking true victory in Falluja.
DEPT. OF SCHOOL SPIRIT/ FARM TEAM/ Ben McGrath on the eager Democrats of the New York City Council.
EXCAVATION DEPT./ FOUND/ Peter Hessler traces rare bronze artifacts back to China.
CONTRABAND/ PSST! GOT MILK?/ Frederick Kaufman meets a coven of black-market dairy consumers.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE/ WHY GOLD?/ James Surowiecki on the shared fantasy of a precious metal.
PERSONAL HISTORY/ Jonathan Franzen/ The Comfort Zone/ At home with Charlie Brown.
REFLECTIONS/ David Sedaris/ Old Faithful/ Tests for a lover.
FICTION/ Roddy Doyle/ “The Joke”
A CRITIC AT LARGE/ Robert Gottleib/ The Hitmaker/ Or, The Man Who Came to Broadway.
BOOKS/ Elizabeth Kolbert/ Why Work?/ A hundred years of “The Protestant Ethic.”
THE THEATRE/ John Lahr/ Shadowboxing/ Rage takes the stage.
MUSICAL EVENTS/ Alex Ross/ Maestro North/ A new era at the Boston Symphony.
ON TELEVISION/ Nancy Franklin/ Playing Doctor/ “Huff” and “House.”
THE CURRENT CINEMA/ David Denby/ Sex Appeal/ Alfred C. Kinsey reconsidered.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
CARTOONS/ The First Decade: 1925-1934/ A selection from the recently published The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker.