In this week’s New Yorker

December 5, 2013

The highlights of the issue are:

* “The Big Sleep,” Ian Parker’s long article about the workings of sleep medications, in particular Ambien;

* Rivka Galchen’s short story “The Late Novels of Gene Hackman”;

* Hilton Als’s review of the Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot, which has fresh things to say about Beckett and the play, while confirming my suspicions about the performances of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen;

and an unusually good crop of cartoons:
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