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November 14, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

What Do a Bunch of Old Jews Know About Living Forever?

Irving Kahn is about to celebrate his 106th birthday. He still goes to work every day. Scientists are studying him and several hundred other Ashkenazim to find out what keeps them going. And going. And going. The secrets of the alter kockers. By Jesse Green
On the Cover: Photograph by Jake Chessum. Photo-illustration by Darrow.


A Slight Chance of Meltdown

Andrew Cuomo finds running a nuclear-power plant so close to New York City too terrifying to allow. And so the owners of Indian Point are on a mission to make any other source of power sound even more terrifying. By Robert Sullivan

Elisabeth of the Murdochs

With her husband and privy counselor, Matthew Freud, the Murdochs’ prodigal daughter is trying to finally get her due. By Gabriel Sherman



The latest entries in a thriving subfield: long-distance psychological analysis of the 44th president.

Retail Grief

Going to the store, to do some mourning.

Nice Beard

Jon Corzine’s ever-useful facial hair.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Cain’s Calculus

A scandal’s true cost.

99 Minutes With Tracy Morgan

Riding out a blackout in the Jersey burbs with the kamikaze comedian and his very special pets.


Best Bets

The Bungee office chair, the New-York Historical Society's reopening, and more.

The Look Book

“I just cram in as much of my art as I can.”

The Art of the Feast

A master class in holiday dining from the city’s most maximalist chefs.

2BR, 2BA, With Sofas

Furnished flats used to be generic spaces of last resort. Not anymore.


Veggie-Friendly Weirdo Rap

ASAP Rocky and the goofball new school of New York hip-hop.

J. Edgar Hoover’s Trophy Boy

Armie Hammer, ex-Winklevii, got his break playing a young Billy Graham.

The Movie Review

Lars von Trier’s Melancholia is madly overblown—and, despite itself, better for it.

You Heard It Here First

Mapping the city’s mid-seventies musical revolution.

The Art Review

Jerry Saltz on Maurizio Cattelan's spellbinding retrospective.

The Theater Review

The culture wars are alive and well in Other Desert Cities.

Cage Dancers

ABT drops its tutus for Merce Cunningham.


Daniel Does Turkey

The chef offers his first-ever Thanksgiving takeout, available through Épicerie’s new online shop.


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