Also in this week's New Yorker
: an amusing "Shouts & Murmurs" about the conditions attached to your newly awarded three wishes
3. May I use one of my wishes to wish for more wishes?
No. You have been granted exactly three wishes. You cannot increase that number by wishing.
4. What happens if I merely think a wish?
No wish will be executed until you speak it out loud, so “wishful thinking” does not count. Note: If you inadvertently use one of your wishes to render yourself permanently speechless—by turning yourself into a pig, for example, or by wishing that you were dead—you will be unable to use your remaining wishes, if any are left, to correct the error.
Anthony Lane's Year in Movies
and the profile of Seth MacFarlane
are also worth reading, but you still
need to get a hard copy so you can read "Prairie Fire."