Movies: Brad Pitt learns statistics; Almodóvar and Banderas get creepy.
Pop: Blondie is back, as platinum as ever; Das Racist dances into maturity.
Theater: Samuel L. Jackson, Hollywood badass, on Broadway.
Television: Prime time becomes ladies’ night; James Van Der Beek, TV ironist.
Books: Péter Nádas turns modern Hungarian history into epic literature; a hot first novel.
Art: De Kooning remembered.
Classical & Dance: Alan Pierson plans a Brooklyn Philharmonic revival.
Food: The Feast of San Gennaro goes gourmet.
Stores: Selling gadgets to urbanites who long for the great outdoors.
Nightlife: Where to boogie, imbibe, and bribe the doorman for the next three months.
Plus: A cultural calendar to fill every hour from September through November.
On the Cover: Photograph by Nadav Kander for New York Magazine.
In the heart of the Meadowlands, rising from a marsh steeped in centuries of botched schemes, is what promises to be the largest mall in the world. But mall doesn’t describe the half of it. By Robert Sullivan
For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor. By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
Looking to quell opposition to its plan to put a store in East New York, Wal-Mart has been pulling out the stops.
Why the Rex Ryan show keeps getting renewed.
Width, height, and class.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
The gourmet street vendor is killed and reborn.
Five ways the Texas governor’s entrance is jolting the Republican race.
Two adventure-gear retailers stake competing claims for the local “urbaneer” market.
The Feast of San Gennaro gets a gourmet upgrade.
A three-month late-night parade through bunker lounges, dance fortresses, and gin joints inside coffee shops.
Why an A-list actor was willing to go to bat for Moneyball—an adventure story about sabermetrics.
The leader of the cranked-up fun machine is now 66, blonde again, and glad to still be cranking it up.
Samuel L. Jackson, action-hero badass and child of the segregated South, plays Martin Luther King Jr. on Broadway.
The ex-Dawson exorcises the douchey version of himself—as “James Van Der Beek.”
Parallel Stories is being called a 21st-century War and Peace. Péter Nádas would settle for The Magic Mountain.
On the eve of the AbEx master’s retrospective, his biographer (and our former critic) Mark Stevens chats with Jerry Saltz.
The 154-year-old Brooklyn Philharmonic has no home, no subscribers, and an iffy budget. But it also has Alan Pierson.
New York is never so alive as it is in the fall.
A branch of the Parisian pastry shop Maison Ladurée opens on Madison Avenue.
Readers sound off on Andrej Pejic, Jenna Lyons, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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