THE FINANCIAL PAGE
James Surowiecki: Corporate marriages rarely end in bliss.
James Surowiecki: The perils of economic populism.
James Surowiecki: Toyota’s self-improvement system.
James Surowiecki: Rules vs. principles.
SHOUTS & MURMURS
Jenny Allen: “Awake.”
Jack Handey: “The Symbols on My Flag (And What They Mean).”
Larry Doyle: “Bad Dog.”
David Sedaris: My life and times as a smoker.
Vladimir Nabokov: “Natasha.”
Janet Frame: “A Night at the Opera.”
John Updike: “The Full Glass.”
Julian Barnes: “East Wind.”
Philip Levine: “Dearborn Suite.”
Gerald Stern: “Spring.”
Arda Collins: “Low.”
Stanley Plumly: “The Crows at 3 A.M.”
Vladimir Nabokov: “Symbols and Signs,” from 1948.
Hannah Green: Nabokov teaches Russian literature, from 1977.
Edwidge Danticat: “Reading Lessons,” from 2005.
James Surowiecki: Corporate identity politics, from 2003.
GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN
Our weekly cultural listings.
Anthony Lane: “Sex and the City.”
Anthony Lane: Shadowy summer films at MOMA.
Michael Sragow: Alexander Korda’s “The Thief of Bagdad.”
David Denby: The return of Indiana Jones.
James Wood: God may be dead, but the question of why he permits suffering lives on.
Louis Menand: The elusive master of allusion.
Jonathan Rosen: The enduring relevance of John Milton.
Briefly Noted: “The Book of Getting Even,” by Benjamin Taylor.
Sasha Frere-Jones: Auto-Tune corrects a singer’s pitch. It also distorts—a grand tradition in pop.
Alex Ross: René Pape’s remarkable voice.
Sasha Frere-Jones: One of the last big pop stars tries adulthood.
Ben Greenman: Al Green’s “Lay It
Nancy Franklin: CBS’s “Swingtown.”
Nancy Franklin: Katie Couric’s ill-fated voyage with CBS.
Nancy Franklin: Clinton and Obama debate in the city of brotherly love.
Nancy Franklin: The hills are alive with the sound of girl talk.
Hilton Als: Conor McPherson on the Irish male.
Hilton Als: A staging of William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury.”
John Lahr: Caryl Churchill and Samuel Beckett on separation and suffering.
Hilton Als: Amy Arbus’s images of actors acting offstage.
Peter Schjeldahl: A Jeff Koons retrospective.
Andrea K. Scott: A trompe-l’oeil stunt at Tony Shafrazi.
Peter Schjeldahl: The fifties in paintings and words.
Vince Aletti: Polaroids by Robert Mapplethorpe.
Joan Acocella: Karole Armitage choreographs string theory.
Joan Acocella: Looking back at the career of Jerome Robbins.
Joan Acocella: Akram Khan crosses national borders.
Joan Acocella: Basil Twist’s “Petrushka,” and the Kirov at City Center.
THE SKY LINE
Paul Goldberger: Beijing’s Olympic architecture is spectacular, but what message does it send?
Paul Goldberger: What can a designer bring to the world of architecture?
Paul Goldberger: Can anyone design a nice airport?
Paul Goldberger: A new home for the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
TABLES FOR TWO
Andrea Thompson: Mia Dona, in midtown.
Lauren Collins: Café Katja, on the Lower East Side.
Mike Peed: Elettaria, in the West Village.
Nick Paumgarten: Commerce, in the West Village.