Two observations from my favorite weekly:
(1) Nicholas Lemann's piece marks what, I believe, is the New Yorker's first use of the abbreviation "M.S.M." For those geeks obsessed with house style, note that the mavens at the New Yorker have decided to include periods.
(2) Next to David Denby's fine, if slightly precious, review of Downfall is an ad for a book titled Where Willy Went. The caption reads: "Meet Willy, the Big Story of a Little Sperm." No preschool classroom should be without a copy.
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