Newt Gingrich's departure from the presidential campaign trail "was treated as news," says writer Benno Nelson. But why do we make news items out of things that aren't interesting or surprising at all? "His campaign has been dead for months," Nelson says, "yet he emerges...as a leading story by saying precisely the thing that has the least impact on anyone's life."
Christopher and Ali talk way too much about cats, so skip the beginning of this week's issue if you're not so inclined. First up, Benno Nelson discusses how art hasn't changed as much as you'd think it might have since 9/11.
When it rains outside the Horseshoe, it rains inside the Horseshoe. But that didn't put a damper on things! We have Julia Sweeney ragging on strollers at the acquarium. Stephanie McCanles comments on reality television and the Emmy season. Bond Benton reports on pro-wrestling.