09.30.11 11:36 PM ET
The Week’s Best Reads
California and Bust
Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair
The smart money says the U.S. economy will splinter, with some states thriving, some states not, and all eyes are on California as the nightmare scenario.
Could You Forgive the Man Who Shot You in the Face?
Michael J. Mooney, D Magazine
In the days after 9/11, a Dallas man named Mark Stroman went on a revenge killing spree. Rais Bhuiyan survived and, a decade later, tried to stop Stroman’s execution.
Atul Gawande, The New Yorker
Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?
Why the U.S. Should Support a Palestinian State
John B. Judis, The New Republic
If the Obama administration had wanted to do what is right, and not what would spare it the slings and arrows of its domestic critics, it should not have rebuffed the Palestinians for appealing to the U.N. The U.S. did the right thing in 1947. Why not have done it in 2011?
Parents of a Certain Age
Lisa Miller, New York
Is there anything wrong with being 53 and pregnant?
Can Mitt Close the Deal?
Andrew Romano, Newsweek
Perry’s stumbling, the economy’s crumbling, Obama’s in freefall. It could be Romney’s moment. But he’s missing something, Andrew Romano reports in this week’s Newsweek.