In this issue:
"Crossing the Line", by Steve Coll: Syria’s chemical weapons and the memories of Iraq.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Verismo", by Michael Schulman: Sarah Joy Miller as Anna Nicole Smith.
THE MILITARY LIFE
"The Return", by David Finkel: Treatment for traumatized veterans.
A CRITIC AT LARGE
"Man and Superman", by Malcolm Gladwell: Doping, genetics, and sports.
"Varieties of Disturbance", by John Lahr: Claire Dane’s volcanic performances.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Spectacles", by David Denby: Reviews of The Grandmasters, Drinking Buddies, and Our Nixon.