"Appointments", by Hendrik Hertzberg: How to fill a Senate seat.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Notorious", by Ben McGrath: The star of the Notorious B.I.G. movie.
THE FINANCIAL PAGE
"News You Can Lose", by James Surowiecki: The newspaper industry's uncertain future.
"Some Woman", by Alice Munro.
"Dead Man Laughing", by Zadie Smith: The things a family found funny.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"A Better Life", by David Denby: Reviews of Revolutionary Road, Gran Torino, and The Class.