DYED-IN-THE-WOOL NEW YORKER Henry Alford, 49, has written about everything and anything for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, but lately he’s focused on manners. His new book, Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?, is less a collection of etiquette dos and don’ts than a more wide-ranging investigation into the often grim state of public manners—what he calls “post-apocalyptic public restrooms” loom large—and into how we can all treat one another better with grace and civility.By BRIAN BETHUNE10 min
Plus, the quake that killed Mao’s China, the first comprehensive biography of Heinrich Himmler, Mr. CSI, and novels about a famous chef and Kim Jong Il’s North KoreaBy BRIAN BETHUNE, ANNE KINGSTON, JAIME J. WEINMAN, JESSICA ALLEN, SARAH WEINMAN9 min
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