In this issue:
"The Fire This Time", by David Remnick: The strained relationship between the Mayor and the N.Y.P.D.
THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"New Threads", by Michael Schulman: A project aimed at helping female singers dress appropriately.
ANNALS OF EDUCATION
"The Talking Cure", by Margaret Talbot: The mayor of Providence is trying to close the "word gap."
"The Outside Game", by Adam Gopnik: The sociologist Howard Becker studies the conventions of the unconventional.
"The Bill", by Malcolm Gladwell: Steven Brill and how health-care reform went wrong.
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"Dirty Oil", by David Denby: A review of A Most Violent Year.