"Alien Nation" by John Cassidy: The debate about immigration.
ANNALS OF CULTURE
"The Soundtrack of Your Life" by David Owen: How Muzak makes you buy.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Nostalgia" by George Saunders: When you start to know you're old.
"The Understudy" by David Sedaris: A babysitter's brief reign of terror.
"Splitsville, U.S.A." by Nancy Franklin: Julia Louis-Dreyfus finds the fun in divorce, and Sons & Daughters.