This Week's Issue
On The Cover
Jumping for Joy
Athletes gather in Moscow for the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics from August 10 through 18. The steeplechase is one of more than two dozen categories in which international athletes compete. The next competition will take place in Beijing in 2015.
Page One
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    Casting the Commander in Chief

    For his new movie, Lee Daniels took an unconventional approach when choosing the actors to play a succession of presidents.
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    A Certain Smile

    Archeologists are trying to finally identify the real-life Mona Lisa by exhuming skeletal remains and DNA testing.
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    Paradise Lost

    Zanzibar, once famed for its palm trees and attractive beaches, is becoming known for radicalism, religious violence, and, most recently, a shocking acid attack.
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    The Mayor vs. the Judge

    In a fight over the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” tactics, Bloomberg takes on the referee in what she calls a “below-the-belt attack.”
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    A Peace Plan With Peril

    In Colombia, the president lost his popularity after he sought to end a 50-year insurgency.
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    Money Man With Moxie

    Who can? Icahn. The septuagenarian investor has deep pockets and a pugnacious streak.
New World
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    Trading Modernist for McMansion

    Los Angeles’s architectural gems are being endangered by a hot real estate market—and a decidedly Beverly Hills aesthetic.
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    Of Tails and Tales

    Wildlife, storytelling, dung, and other things I encountered on my Zambian safari.
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    Color Comes to Life

    An iPad app lets you interact, literally, with Josef Albers’s theories of color.
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    The Martial Artist

    Zhang Ziyi on saying no to Hollywood, Chinese taboos, and being the new face of kung fu.
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    A Tinge of Blood

    The Spanish master Javier Marías returns with another intellectual whodunit.