Table of Contents

Cover Story

Blah & order

Blah & order

by Mark Bergin

Cover Story | Fred Thompson has the look, support, and voting record of a great candidate-but does he have the sparkle?

In this issue: "He's in," Sept. 22, 2007

Features

Get a life

Get a life

By Megan Rieger

Culture | A parallel universe online intensifies the tensions of this universe

Watering the city

Watering the city

By Marvin Olasky

New York Journal | Finding temperance, intemperance, and permanence in Manhattan

Doors of imagination

Doors of imagination

By Susan Olasky

Interview | Authors J.B. Cheaney and N.D. Wilson on the joys and challenges of writing for young readers

Heroine in the dock

Heroine in the dock

By Priya Abraham

Bangladesh | A defender of women trafficked into prostitution now needs deliverance from jail time

Christ in Cambodia

Christ in Cambodia

By Paul Chesser

Religion | Once immersed in Western Christianity, a Southeast Asian pastor plants churches the old-fashioned way

Sideline spy

Sideline spy

Human Race | Super Bowl champion coach comes under scrutiny for videotaping opposing coaches

War on the home front

War on the home front

By Priya Abraham

Iraq | For U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus, "home" means trading one battleground for another

Trouble by the bundle

Trouble by the bundle

By Lynn Vincent

Politics | The Norman Hsu fundraising flap triggers calls for new regulation of "bundled" campaign donations

Dispatches

The Buzz

The Buzz

Need-to-know news

Unsuccessful murder

Unsuccessful murder

By Susan Olasky

Case highlights cruelty of one-child policy

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Quotables

Memorable things they said

Reviews

Noteworthy books

By Allegra Goodman, Julia Glass, Nicole Krauss & Elizabeth Strout

Notable Books | Four notable paperback novels reviewed by Susan Olasky

Heroic hero

Heroic hero

By Megan Basham

Movies | 3:10 to Yuma is a Western that doesn't celebrate the rakish outlaw

Shooting blanks

Shooting blanks

By John Brannon

Movies | Shoot 'Em Up offers a lot of action but no real point

Death valley

By Sam Thielman

Movies | Elah offers a Bible-referenced dissent to the Iraq War

Notebook

Hybrid happy

Hybrid happy

By Daniel James Devine

Science | UK regulator approves "99.9 percent human" hybrids

Voices

Dysfunctional Hill

Dysfunctional Hill

By Joel Belz

Does the U.S. Congress work any better than the Iraqi Parliament?

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

Uselessness of delight

Uselessness of delight

By Andrée Seu

It doesn't get anything done, but can cover a lot of shortcomings

Who do you like?

Who do you like?

By Marvin Olasky

Campaign 2008 | We should not choose a candidate by voting record alone

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