John Irving Returns, and Other Wild Culture Highlights From This Week’s New York

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Boris Kachka profiles John Irving on the occasion of his new Last Night at Twisted River. Jennifer Senior wonders, Was Letterman really a predator? Emily Nussbaum reviews Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) and 30 Rock. Adam Sternbergh plots the shows of fall 2009 on the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations. Emma Rosenblum interviews Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Brian Raftery chats with Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed about his new young-adult novel Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster. Logan Hill talks to butt-slapping Wild Things soundtracker Karen O. Dan Kois and Stephanie Zacharek review Broadway's Hamlet, Broke-ology, Wishful Drinking, Let Me Down Easy, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. And David Edelstein reviews Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.