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The New Yorker Festival comes around at just the right moment each year: lazy summer has ended, and it’s time to wake up your brain. There’s more to choose from than any single human can digest, and the range of speakers is as wide as Montana. At this year’s festival, see Glenn Close, Nathan Lane, Ryan Murphy, Emily Nussbaum, Ava DuVernay and Jelani Cobb, just to name a few. For Michael Schulman’s top picks, read on. For a full festival schedule, visit the website.