Social-science researchers keep coming to the same conclusion: Having children makes adults less happy. Why? Maybe it’s because American parents are demanding more of themselves than ever before. Or maybe it’s
because we’ve forgotten what “happiness” actually means. By Jennifer Senior
On the Cover: Photograph by Katherine Wolkoff/Art + Commerce.
The MTA has a simple, not very expensive ticket for improving how the city gets around: Revolutionize the bus. But can even the most sensible ideas get implemented these days?
In a world of loud voices and extreme positions, David Brooks manages to be both irrelevant and absolutely essential.
Next up: Joy Behar?
The return of Boris Badenov.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
How teachers became the new lawyers.
"I’m a Czech girl with thighs, so I’m doing my best.”
Firmly in “boy mode,” the actor and comedian takes on Mamet, chicken salad, and BP’s critics.
An updated beanbag, a Greek-themed board game, and more.
"I’m always the life of the party, the funny one. I can find humor in a funeral!"
The various ways in which the city is becoming one giant commune.
The classic shirt gets some added pyrotechnics.
In Williamsburg, a new high for nautical-themed dive-bar cuisine.
Beautiful elongated heads of romaine lettuce in red and green are at your local Greenmarket now.
Assessing the craft-beer craze of the moment: Belgian-style summer ales.
What happens when a Department of Sanitation garage is your new neighbor?
He writes massive hits for other pop stars. Can The-Dream finally do it for himself?
The Kids Are All Right’s portrait of gay parenting is fearless enough to be hugely entertaining.
The comic is appearing in Long Story Short, a one-man show about failed empires.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been a star for most of his 35 years, ricocheting between teen idol and serious actor.
Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, and the secret life of a building on the Bowery.
Sloane Crosley turns her mordant eye to Lisbon, Paris, and beyond in a second collection of essays.
Edgard Varèse composed digital music in an analog time.
The next event in the restaurant’s visiting-chefs series.
Readers sound off on Helen Mirren, lobster rolls, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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