In this issue:
"The Name of the Game", by Hendrik Hertzberg: Who hates soccer?
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Acts of God", by Nick Paumgarten: Falling tree limbs, oil spills: Who’s to blame?
"Francophrenia", by Dana Goodyear: General Hospital meets performance art.
LETTER FOM YANJI
"Nothing Left", by Barbara Demick: Is North Korea finally facing collapse?
THE SPORTING SCENE
"The Undead", by Ben McGrath: Big Papi's late innings.
"Marriage à la Möbius", by Daniel Mendelsohn: A début novel examines the dark side of matrimony.
"Underdogs", by Hilton Als: Victims of prejudice in Merchant of Venice and On the Levee.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Wives’ Tales", by Anthony Lane: Reviews of The Kids Are All Right and Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno .