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September 11, 2006
A Hard Look in the Mirror

Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery promises a dose of perspective, if only because she is willing to explore her own contradictions—and the uglier side of her vanity.

September 11, 2006
Shrink Rap

Heidi Julavits’s twisty tale of Freudian mind games.

September 11, 2006
Both Sides Now

The big questions, seen from the left and the right.

September 11, 2006
Waiting for Lefty

Frank Rich connects the dots from the Green Zone to Hollywood.

September 11, 2006
Richard Ford’s Manly Meditations

Reading Ford, you can feel uplifted and empowered in a way that might make you wonder if his books are really novels at all, and not some sublime species of self-help.

September 11, 2006
Tragicomic

Critics have already begun carping that The Illustrated 9/11 Report, a comic-book condensation of the best-selling document, created by two septuagenarian alumni of the Richie Rich comics, risks trivializing the disaster.

September 4, 2006
Lonely Planet

Envy-magnet Nell Freudenberger is back with a smart and rueful tale of a Chinese fish out of water.

September 11, 2006
But Is the Cast Album on Vinyl?

Making a Broadway musical from Nick Hornby’s lovely novel High Fidelity, about a lovelorn indie-record-store snob, sounds dubious. But with a script by David Lindsay-Abaire and a star turn from Will Chase—widely considered the only good thing about last year’s Lennon—there is cause for hope.

September 11, 2006
Company’s Coming

John Doyle made waves when he gave Patti LuPone a tuba for Sweeney Todd. Will it work for “The Ladies Who Lunch”?

September 11, 2006
A Berlitz Guide to BAM

A quickie Shakespeare translator for what you’ll hear onstage—and chat about afterward.

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