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

In "Offensive Play," Malcolm Gladwell wonders if the football fans who have recently been horrified by the quarterback Michael Vick's involvement in dogfighting are overlooking the more troubling aspects of their own sport. "Part of what makes dogfighting so repulsive is the understanding that violence and injury cannot be removed from the sport," Gladwell writes. Yet scientists have recently found evidence that the violence inherent in football can result in serious brain degeneration for players, long after their playing days are over.

In "The Secret Keeper," William Finnegan explores how Jules Kroll pioneered the corporate-intelligence industry, growing his business from a side job, investigating kickbacks in his father's printing business, to Kroll, Inc., "the world's preëminent detective agency, with three thousand employees, countless subcontractors, and offices in sixty cities in more than thirty-five countries."

In "The Gossip Mill," Rebecca Mead writes about Alloy Entertainment, the company behind Gossip Girl, The A-List, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and examines the process by which the company produces young-adult novels and spins them off into television shows and feature films.

In Comment, Hendrik Hertzberg on Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.

In The Financial Page, James Surowiecki examines why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's stance on climate-change legislation is bad for business.

Calvin Tomkins profiles the artist Urs Fischer.

In Shouts & Murmurs, Ellis Weiner imagines a downsized, digitized marketing plan for a forthcoming book.

Adam Gopnik looks back on Irving Penn's life and legacy.

Joan Acocella reads Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall.

Daniel Zalewski asks why the kids are in charge in today's picture books.

James Wood contemplates Lydia Davis's "very, very short stories."

John Lahr reviews Jude Law's turn as Hamlet.

Alex Ross notes the changes at the New York Philharmonic since Alan Gilbert's appointment as director.

David Denby reviews Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are and An Education.

There is a short story by Julian Barnes.

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