The New Yorker Magazine – May 11 2009

Conde Naste has published the May 11 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Featured in this issue are articles on interrogating torture, the flu and the border, and what is it about the word “swine” ?

Interrogating Torture
How to account for the past.
by Philip Gourevitch

The Talk of the Town

The flu below the border.
by Alma Guillermoprieto

Samela’s Shammash
Sammy Davis, Jr.,’s menorah for sale.
by Lizzie Widdicombe

By Any Other Name
What is it about the word “swine”?
by Lauren Collins

The Financial Page
Monsters, Inc.
How banks got big.
by James Surowiecki

Annals of Innovation
How David Beats Goliath
Secrets of highly effective underdogs.
by Malcolm Gladwell


The Fifth Blade
Evolution and the razor.
by Adam Gopnik

Shouts & Murmors
Making Friends
by Amy Ozols

Onwards and Upward with the Arts

The Art Doctor
Conserving contemporary art.
by Rebecca Mead

Department of Education
The Instigator
L.A.’s charter-school crusader.
by Douglas McGray

Brain Games
The Marco Polo of neuroscience.
by John Colapinto

The Reporter at Large
The Long Shot
Contemporary China finds its auteur.
by Evan Osnos


“The Autobiography of J.G.B”
by J. G. Ballard


Helen Gurley Brown, cosmopolitan.
by Judith Thurman

Briefly Noted: “How to Win a Cosmic War”; “The Parents We Mean to Be”; “Natural Elements”; “Out of My Skin.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins’s radical poetics.
by Adam Kirsch

The Theatre
Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms.”
by Hilton Als
Pop Music

The choral approach of Grizzly Bear.
by Sasha Frere-Jones

The Current Cinema

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Fighting,” “Tyson.”
by David Denby

“Galveston, 1961”
by Richard Wilbur

“Obscurity and Regret”
by C. D. Wright

“Hackers Can Sidejack Cookies”
by Heather McHugh

Critics’ Notebook
“Merchant of Venice,” at BAM.
by Hilton Als

“The Late Film,” at BAM.
by Anthony Lane

Mastodon, at the Fillmore New York.
by Sasha Frere-Jones

Tables for Two
by Andrea Thompson


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