As CEO of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney was one of the principal architects of the modern corporation, honing its core philosophies of shareholder value, incentive-based compensation, and ruthless efficiency. How you feel about the economic world that created depends on which side of Zuccotti Park you’re standing on. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
In America’s “classless society,” the battle lines are constantly shifting, making allies of right and left against the elites. Plus: Eliot Spitzer and an Occupy Wall Street protester argue the virtues of capitalism. By Frank Rich
After he’s done dangling his oeuvre from the Guggenheim’s atrium, Maurizio Cattelan plans to retire from the art world. It’ll be like being dead—or resurrected. By Carl Swanson
One day Nejdra Nance realized the woman she had called Mom for 23 years may have been at the center of one of the most harrowing kidnappings in decades—hers. By Robert Kolker
How a subculture has grown up around “e-cigarette” nicotine-delivery devices.
Sonic Youth’s impossible domestic ideal.
Dueling tell-alls’ backstory.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
Before an afternoon dip in the pool, the architect talks about the New York buildings he’s never put up.
Design Ideas’s soap bones, an eight-hour skull candle, and more.
“I would spearhead childhood missions on my own. I would steal candy from stores.”
On a bustling Brooklyn thoroughfare, a Transcaucasian taste of home.
Local cauliflower is at its best this time of year.
See a slideshow of pizzas.
Eight variations on the Italian-casserole theme.
The intrepid traveler’s guide to spending a fantasy vacation in someone else’s home.
If you discover a real bargain, the co-op board may not let you get away with it.
Anton Yelchin likes acting. He’s less fond of being a commodity.
The most infectious love story in decades. Plus: Anonymous deserves to be lost to history.
Hollywood’s 25-and-under conundrum.
Michael Ondaatje has made a career out of stiff-arming readers. So why is he finally inviting them in?
The Austin, Texas resident discusses the reboot of his beacon of controversy.
Are Wilco and Feist our adult contemporary music?
The Ethan Coen–Woody Allen–Elaine May triptych Relatively Speaking nearly drowns in its own shtick.
It's all about him.
Godspell is back on Broadway, with Hunter Parrish as a fresh-faced Jesus.
Chef Laurence Edelman is cooking up the Italian baked-pasta showstopper known as a timballo.
Readers sound off on Zachary Quinto, Joan Didion, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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