The current crop of twentysomethings were brought up to think they
were all winners. Widespread unemployment and an economy
going who-knows-where have made them feel delusional. And yet,
it could be that their coddling parents gave them precisely
what they need to make the best of this mess. By Noreen Malone
On the Cover: Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath for New York Magazine. Typography by Dienstelle 75.
Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted the world would end this past May. Since then, he has recalculated—and is now sure it will end this Friday. His followers are adjusting accordingly. By Dan P. Lee
The secret subject of Joan Didion’s work has always been her troubled daughter. Her wrenching new memoir tells us why. By Boris Kachka
Diagrams of some famous IRS-dodging strategies.
On Fulton Street, contemplating an all-black election.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
How to investigate your prospective boyfriend.
The meaning of Netflix’s stumbling summer.
Fielding a faux pitch by the new, Davos-friendly face of Reuters.
A mod-looking humidifer, a week full of sales, and more.
“I think branding is the most important thing in the world.”
Zak Pelaccio’s Manhattan version of Fatty ’Cue is more slick and ambitious (and pricey) than the Brooklyn original.
There’s no mistaking the aromatic flavor of the fennel plant or its breath-freshening seeds.
Some buyer’s tips for the cucurbita connoisseur.
Why should jackets have all the fun?
A fight-or-flight primer to outliving the urban undead.
The under-30 Williamsburg filmmaking collective behind the new Elizabeth Olsen movie.
Margin Call inadvertently becomes the film of this financial moment.
Read an exclusive annotated lyric from the new expanded edition of Jay-Z’s Decoded.
He might be a famous Vulcan, but Zachary Quinto has no problem being fully human.
Matthew Herbert makes music out of unlikely things—pork, beans, parliament—to make a point.
Steven Pinker’s new history is vivid on the brutality of premodern life. And blind to the depravity of our own.
A photographic collection of averted eyes.
Now through October 23 is Cider Week, with events and tastings aplenty.
Readers sound off on Piers Morgan, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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