Gunther Teubner (Frankfurt): The Law Before It Is Law: Franz Kafka and the (Im)possibility of the Law’s Self-Reflection. Joshua Prager traces the life of Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, and why she’d favor an abortion ban. From TNR, why do we keep anointing "it" cities? Chuck Thompson wants to know. John Banville reviews The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths by John Gray (and more and more). Janet Yellen explains our crummy recovery in three charts. The House of Pain: Ryan Lizza on Eric Cantor and the Republicans. Peter Frase on post-work: A guide for the perplexed. Is sex necessary? It’s the only reproduction that prepares for the worst. Reliving Groundhog Day: On the 20th anniversary of the beloved Bill Murray comedy, it’s time to recognize it as a profound work of contemporary metaphysics.