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June 6, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

A Serial Killer in Common

Last winter, the bodies of four prostitutes were found on Gilgo Beach in Long Island. The families of the women (and of another whose unsolved disappearance led police to the beach) now find themselves sharing a strange bond, each just as driven to uncover and understand the shadowy lives of their daughters and sisters as they are to find the man who killed them. By Robert Kolker
On the Cover: Path to the Ocean Parkway site where Suffolk County police recovered human remains. Photograph by Robert Stolarik/Polaris.

Features

The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not

Sixteen years after Timothy Brown was diagnosed with HIV, a risky transplant seems to have eradicated the virus. While Brown’s circumstances were unique, the fact that it is possible to rid a body entirely of HIV has reinvigorated a scientific community that had resigned itself to never finding a cure. By Tina Rosenberg

Blockbuster Economics

The formula for a summer seat-filler has been long established: big effects and big stars. But the bankable name that matters now is a franchise itself, not its face. (Unless that face is Johnny Depp’s. His face is still doing quite well.) By Claude Brodesser-Akner
Plus: A History of the Movie Prequel By Bilge Ebiri

Intelligencer

Bubble Vision

Three years after the subprime-mortgage market’s stupendous bursting, suspiciously explosive growth is everywhere again.

What Was She Thinking?

The irresistable inscrutability of the betrayed political wife.

Dial-A-Brain

A new speakers bureau, with audiences of one.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Drowning in Comfort

Art world discovers downside to eminence.

54 Minutes With Riccardo Tisci

The Givenchy designer indulges his taste for iconography.

Columns

The Gay Marriage Planner

Cuomo’s strategy involves unlikely partners like Dean Skelos. Can he get everyone to the altar?

Strategist

Best Bets

A grill fit for city digs, Jay Kos's Nolita digs, and more.

The Look Book

“I’m always asking people about their love lives.”

The Great Room

A Clinton Hill apartment full of revamped treasures.

The Restaurant Review

At Brushstroke, David Bouley tries his hand at imperial kaiseki cooking.

In Season

Like fall’s fragrant quince, rhubarb requires cooking.

Restaurant Openings

Week of June 6, 2011: Salinas, Cochinita, and Victory Garden.

The Urbanist’s Guide to Chicago

Rahm vs. Daley, Cubs vs. Sox, modernist cuisine vs. hot dogs.

Culture

Where One Man Has Gone Before

James McAvoy on prebooting X-Men’s Professor X.

Yes, Really ‘The Best Show’

Grumpy D.J. Tom Scharpling dignifies (relatively speaking) talk radio.

Let Us Entertain You

Black Lips perform like rock stars used to.

The Newer Museum

Curator Massimiliano Gioni sees pleasure in the difficult.

Plummer’s Peak

The actor on bar-hopping with Robards, despising Gretl, and mocking Malick.

The Movie Review

The wonderful Beginners looks at love, family, and the awkward spots where they collide.

The Architecture Review

The new downtown Whitney is a monumental lost opportunity.

Agenda

Gelato Art

Amorino, a gelato juggernaut from Italy, opens this week in Greenwich Village.

Departments

Comments: Week of June 6, 2011

Readers sound off on Roger Ailes, El Bulli, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of June 6, 2011

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

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