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May 16, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

Paper Tigers

Amy Chua’s triumphalist screed about intense Asian-style parenting triggered hysteria among other parents scared that their children were falling behind. But the Tiger Child generation has the opposite fear: that their upbringing has bled them of the assertiveness and social skills necessary to succeed as American adults. By Wesley Yang
On the Cover: On the Cover: Wesley Yang. Photograph by Marco Grob for New York Magazine.


"You Never Forget That First Taste of War"

The deaths of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Misurata, Libya, devastated the community of their peers back in the States. Here, Christopher Anderson—a war-zone veteran himself—documents twenty of their fellow photographers-in-arms.

The Story of V

Justin Vivian Bond found downtown fame as Kiki DuRane, decrepit drag chanteuse and comedic prophet of gay rage born out of the AIDS era. Then he killed Kiki to try to become the woman (and man) he always wanted to be.



One-hundred Americans polled at and around ground zero last Thursday.

The Blockbuster Effect

Some finale, huh? Kurt Andersen on the arc of Osama bin Laden.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

His Last Video

Tweener hit becomes death anthem.

63 Minutes With Brook Peters

The teenage 9/11 documentarian contemplates the demise of his film’s villain.


The Obama Spring

The shots in Abbottabad were heard round the world. But will they still be heard in 2012?


Best Bets

An indestructible laptop bag, a bespoke denim studio from an industry vet, and more.

The Look Book

“I do think he’s teaching me lessons I need to learn.”

Blue Takes a Breather

This spring, you don’t have to own a yacht to wear shade-your-eyes-white jeans.

Seller’s Market

There have never been so many places to exchange your tired stuff for cold, hard cash.

The Restaurant Review

What you think of Top Chef veteran Sam Talbot’s new restaurant all depends on where you sit.

In Season

Better known for the flowers they produce, lily bulbs are a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine.

The Kitchen Debate’s Actual Kitchen

In 1959, this Commack ranch house—reproduced in Moscow—showed the Soviets what they were missing.


The Muse

An ABT ballerina becomes an inspiration for Prince.

No. 1 With an Umlaut

A guide to navigating the Scandinavian crime fiction phenomenon.

The Movie Review

Everything Must Go finds Will Ferrell sitting in his front yard, trying to find his inner adult.

Hypothetical Gaga

Eighteen designers and artists reimagine the pop star.


American and French Fromage to Peacefully Cohabit

There is no surer measure of Anne Saxelby's ascendancy than her recruitment by Daniel Boulud.


Comments: Week of May 16, 2011

Readers sound off on the importance of college, Madonna, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of May 16, 2011

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

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