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9.17.07 Issue: Because It's Still on Your Kitchen Table

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In which some or all of us review the high points and discuss the particulars of a recent issue.

This issue brought us the first article by Ryan Lizza, and it bodes well. One sign of a good political article is that it is truer two months down the road than the day it came out, and that’s the case here—health care is an asset for Hillary, Obama is cagey and difficult to get a handle on, and Edwards supplies the populist attack on Hillary.

The clear pick in this issue was Mark Singer’s wonderful Letter from England on pianist Joyce Hatto. I don’t even want to say anything about it. If you have a half hour, give it a whirl—you won’t be disappointed. (Then listen to Singer’s audio interview with Matt Dellinger on newyorker.com, and hear more of Singer’s thoughts and some of the music in question.)

Other than that, the cartoons by Zachary Kanin and Paul Noth both have just the right touch of enjoyable daffiness. —Martin Schneider

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