Talk of the Town

Two interesting pieces from this week's New Yorker Talk of the Town are online.

Atul Gawande gives a solid overview of our nation's healthcare problems in light of SiCKO.

The documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has more than a few insufferable traits. He is manipulative, smug, and self-righteous. He has no interest in complexity. And he mocks the weak as well as the powerful. For all that, his movie about the American health-care system, “Sicko,