"Flip-Flop Flap", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Obama's move toward the center.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"H-Bloo on A-Rod", by Ben McGrath: The marriage woes of Alex Rodriguez.
"Shape-Shifter", by Paul Goldberger: A rotating skyscraper in Manhattan.
ANNALS OF SCIENCE
"Surfing the Universe", by Benjamin Wallace-Wells: An outsider's shot at physics glory.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
"Fourteen Passive-Aggressive Appetizers", by Yoni Brenner: Appetizers meant to offend.
LIVES AND LETTERS
"The Lion and the Mouse", by Jill Lepore: A librarian's battle to ban Stuart Little.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Past Shock", by David Denby: Reviews of The Dark Knight and WALL-E.