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A new issue of The New Yorker comes out tomorrow. A preview of its contents, adapted from the magazine's press release:

Margaret Talbot examines the increasing off-label use of drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Provigil as "neuroenhancers"—to stimulate focus, concentration, or memory—and looks at the ethical implications of their use for our society.

Peter J. Boyer explores the crisis in the Detroit auto industry, noting that the Big Three automakers—General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford—are "mired in arrangements" with workers and unions "made long ago," which have "ultimately rendered their businesses untenable."

Elizabeth Kolbert writes about on Obama's Earth Day climate initiatives.

Ben McGrath visits the new Yankee Stadium on Opening Day.

Dana Goodyear talks to Bret Easton Ellis about a new film based on his stories, his upcoming book, and Twitter.

Elif Batuman writes about the return to Russia's Danilov Monastery of eighteen church bells that had hung in Harvard's Lowell House since the nineteen-thirties.

In Shouts & Murmurs, Paul Rudnick relates the story of a clergyman sympathetic to the plight of Ted Haggard.

Roz Chast chronicles the pitfalls of spring cleaning.

Sasha Frere-Jones discusses the pop-music phenomenon Lady Gaga.

Jill Lepore explains how Edgar Allan Poe's writing was informed by his poverty.

John Lahr looks at how August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Schiller's Mary Stuart explore ideas of self and state.

David Denby reviews The Soloist and State of Play.

There is a short story by Guillermo MartĂ­nez.

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