In this issue:
"Last Chances" by Elizabeth Kolbert: Climate change and the new age of extinction.
"Folk Like Us" by John Jeremiah Sullivan: Rhiannon Giddens and the evolving legacy of black string-band music.
ONWARD AND UPWARD WITH THE ARTS
"Self-Portrait of a Lady" by Rebecca Mead: Joanna Hogg, whose films center on well-to-do Britons, now tells her own story.
"The Time of Your Life" by James Wood: Can secularists bring religious intensity to redeeming our actual existence?
THE CURRENT CINEMA
"The Write Stuff" by Anthony Lane: Reviews of All Is True and Tolkien.
Also, listen to audio from The New Yorker Festival readings and panel discussions, recorded live in New York City.