"Boundary Issues", by David Remnick: What Putin is doing in Georgia.
LETTER FROM BEIJING
"The Only Games in Town", by Anthony Lane: Politics, pageantry, and Phelps.
OUR LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS
"A Greenwich of the Mind", by Nick Paumgarten: The credit crunch goes upmarket.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Up Next", by John Kenney: Going for gold in the bimonthly status meeting.
"Awake", by Tobias Wolff: A short story from the author of Old School.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Vanity Cases", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Tropic Thunder and A Girl Cut in Two.