Obsessing Over Albert Camus, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s New York


In this week's issue of New York, Sam Anderson tackles the dual topics of literary obsession and Albert Camus. David Edelstein reviews Brüno, Humpday, and Public Enemies. Logan Hill provides viable cinematic alternatives to dreck like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Dan Kois takes a gander at Asterios Polyp, the great New York (graphic) novel. Emily Nussbaum breaks down HBO's summer lineup of True Blood, Hung , and Entourage. Jason Gay travels to Staten Island's P.S. 22, a school whose chorus group is getting international recognition for their version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Lizzy Goodman queries bands like Fiery Furnaces and the Drive-By Truckers on what makes a perfect summer playlist. Jerry Saltz previews the James Ensor retrospective at MoMA. Justin Davidson asks the question, "Who says a composer has to be dead to sell records?"