In this week’s issue: Ben McGrath on Gawker Media; William Finnegan on torture in Tijuana; Sean Wilentz on Tea Party founding texts; Jill Lepore on sex-ed books; Adam Gopnik on Adam Smith; Dan Chiasson on the poetry of money; Calvin Tomkins on John Baldessari; James Surowiecki on the content-provider wars; Alex Ross on the Met’s “Rheingold”; Peter Schjeldahl on Abstract Expressionism; Hilton Als on “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”; David Denby on “Hereafter”; fiction by Richard Powers; and more.

Those poor, poor books! This cover is depressing.

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