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June 2009

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Joshua Wolf Shenk reveals the secret of happiness; Harris Collingwood questions whether CEOs matter; Douglas Foster profiles Jacob Zuma; James Parker explores the SpongeBob phenomenon; Christopher Hitchens rereads Hemingway; Joseph O'Neill unearths the real Flannery O'Connor; and much more.


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Do CEOs Matter?

Apple’s stock rises and falls with the faintest rumors about Steve Jobs's health. But how much influence do CEOs really have?

Hope Floats

As the recession blows a gale, the world’s most expensive cruise ship nears completion.

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Jacob’s Ladder

Is South Africa's next president a savior, a criminal, a Marxist revolutionary—or all of the above?

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  • Marc Yankus

    Touched by Evil

    The real spiritual drama in Flannery O’Connor’s fiction was even darker than the one she acknowledged.

  • Endangered Species: Black Rhinoceros 1983: Collection of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Newy York; 2009, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York

    Cover to Cover

    Reconsider the rhino; Nightingale unveiled; admissions of guilt; and more


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