In this issue:
"Mrs. Obama" by Amy Davidson: Michelle Obama's impact.
LETTER FROM CAIRO
"The Shadow General" by Peter Hessler: President Sisi has unwittingly revealed more about the way Egypt now works than anyone could have imagined.
ANNALS OF SCIENCE
"Rewriting the Code of Life" by Michael Specter: Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Poets' Corner" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Paterson and Neruda.