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August 1, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The Kingdom and the Paywall

Just two years ago, media observers worried that the New York Times was on the verge of extinction. Now the Gray Lady, helmed by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., has some news for them: It’s paid back Carlos Slim (early), figured out how to create online-only content that people actually want to read, and launched a digital-subscription system that looks like it may even turn a profit. By Seth Mnookin


“It’s Too Bad. And I Don’t Mean It’s Too Bad Like ‘Screw ’Em.’”

Embattled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein just can’t understand how he got cast as the Dr. Evil of Wall Street. By Jessica Pressler

God Is in the Basement of the Empire State Building

Dinesh D’Souza, the new president of the city’s only Evangelical college, wants to build a “Christian A-team.” But can the man who says Obama supports radical Muslims persuade students to follow him? By Andrew Marantz


News Corp.’s Heir Corps

The News of the World phone-hacking scandal has produced another twist in the long-running Rupert Murdoch–succession drama.

Bon Jovi As Cult Favorite

WRXP changes its tune, and rock music’s devolution to niche genre is complete.

This Party Is Dead

Plotter of fabulous funerals.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Guys Get Jobs

But keep anxiety.

38 Minutes With Elizabeth Warren

Waxing diplomatic as she makes a premature exit from Washington.


The Best Bet

A snakelike surge protector, a new way to display toilet paper, and more.

The Look Book

"I hate sweaty people getting aggressively close to you when you’re walking down the street."

The Cross-Body Concert Bag

Which is to say: very small, yet more than adequate for most summertime endeavors.

The Restaurant Review

At the Dutch, Andrew Carmellini enters the nouveau comfort-food game.

In Season

Rouge Tomate exploits the cucumber’s high water content in an exceptionally refreshing beverage.

Hitting Below Average

Here, seven likable Manhattan apartments renting at up to $2,000 below the mean.


Catching a Bullet

Dominic Cooper is almost certainly about to become quite famous as Saddam’s son.

The Movie Review

In Miranda July’s The Future, never mind the defeated protagonists—even the cat’s a little fatalistic.

The New York Kids’-Film Reboot: A Survey

Kiddie-film directors have decided that the way to make a sequel is to head for the big city.

The TV Review

Our critic watches all 33 episodes of the acclaimed series Breaking Bad on DVD.

The Book Review

Simon Reynolds’s Retromania looks back at a pop culture that has done nothing but look back.

Enter Exitmusic

There’s something erotically incantatory about Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, who perform together as Exitmusic.

The Architecture Review

A once-typical block of Broadway will soon vanish. And that’s a tragedy.


The Chef and the Barman Should Be Friends

Beagle offers sophisticated food and drink in a grown-up setting.


Comments: Week of August 1, 2011

Readers sound off on Yassin Aref, pop music, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 1, 2011

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

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