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August 2, 2010 Issue

Cover Story

The James Franco Project

Personal and critical encounters with the Hollywood heartthrob/grad student/author/soap-opera star, who is piecing together the most ambitious—and perplexing—artistic career in memory. By Sam Anderson
On the Cover: Photograph by Matt Carr/Getty Images.


Knocking on Harlem's Door

As Charlie Rangel struggles, a new generation of insurgents is jockeying for position.

The Billionaire's Party

David Koch is New York’s second-richest man, a celebrated patron of the arts, and the tea party’s wallet.


A Racial U-Turn

How Manhattan's gentrification has reversed “white flight.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Boring

After George Steinbrenner, even A-Rod isn't worth making a fuss over.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Metrocard Unbound!

MTA threatens freedom.

Tyranny of the Fanboys

Yes, resistance is futile.

160 Minutes With Thierry Henry

The globally accomplished football star is now in the land of soccer.


Shorting Tinseltown

The failure of the Hollywood Stock Exchange exposed the movie industry’s worst fear: financial transparency.


Best Bets

Manhattan's first Target opens, subgenre bike shops, and more.

The Look Book

"My parents liked Dominique because it could be for a boy or a girl. Thank God I didn’t end up a Heidi. "

Hot Fingers

This summer, the tanner the hands, the brighter the tips.

The Restaurant Review

The Lion, the city’s newest faux speakeasy, is a pale imitation of its predecessors.

In Season

It’s still early for traditional eggplant, but the tiny Fairy Tale variety is in full swing.

The Soda Awakening

Carbonated sugar water gets the artisanal treatment.

Yes, They Do Exist

Three-bedrooms for less than $1 million. In Manhattan.


The Silver Surfer

John Slattery, Mad Men’s patrician rake, prefers wetsuits to three-piece suits.

Putting the Funny in Witness Protection

Jon Glaser’s deeply weird Delocated.

The TV Review

Tales of the angry, fat, and paranoid.

The Responsible Anarchist

Laura Linney finds liberation (and laughs) in dark places.

The Movie Review

In Salt, Angelina Jolie's CIA agent is a little bit Bond, a little bit Bauer, and a dash of everyone in between.

Talking and Listening

A master class with Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, stars of Get Low.


Three citizen critics offer competing takes on noteworthy new albums.


Watermelons, Watermelons Everywhere

The first cool, slurpable specimens are rolling into the Union Square Greenmarket this week.


Comments: Week of August 2, 2010

Readers sound off on John McCain, Inception, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 2, 2010

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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