In this week’s issue: George Packer on the dysfunctional Senate; Amy Davidson on WikiLeaks and Afghanistan; Nicholson Baker on video games; David Sedaris on our unfriendly skies; Jill Lepore on Charlie Chan; Alec Wilkinson on Gil Scott-Heron; Paul Goldberger on the reinvention of the parking garage; Alex Ross on Chopin; Anthony Lane on “Get Low” and “Life During Wartime”; fiction by David Bezmozgis; and more.