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January 30, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Coming Tsunami of Slime

As toxic as this year’s Republican primary has been, it’ll look downright tame once the general election gets going. Inside the Democratic and Republican smear machines as they gear up for the most vicious campaign in history. By Joe Hagan
Plus: BBDO’s top creatives script TV takedowns; the twelve maxims of advertising Armageddon.
On the Cover: Illustration by Darrow.

Features

The Lonely Battle of Wael Ghonim

A year after the Tahrir Square uprising, Wael Ghonim is the international superstar of the Arab Spring, with a big new book out this month celebrating the Egyptian revolution he helped unleash. But triumph may be the last thing on his mind. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells

The New Decembrists

A group of yuppie magazine editors somehow managed to send 100,000 protesters into the streets of Moscow to decry Vladimir Putin’s sham democracy. Now they have everyone’s attention, but are they really up for becoming revolutionaries? By Michael Idov

Intelligencer

Docteur Spock

The French parenting manifesto.

How the Web Won

Last week’s online uprising made it official: Hollywood rules the culture no more.

N+1=2

Love connections for lit kids.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Book Burners

Plumb not the memoirist-in-chief.

76 Minutes With Bethenny Frankel

Babysitting with the Bravo-branded mogul after six months of filming—and learning that reality never, ever rests.

Columns

The Third-Party Rail

As the donkey battles the elephant, some say: There’s got to be a better way.

Strategist

Best Bets

Colorful socks, Idlewild opens in Brooklyn, and more.

The Look Book

“We grew up in the suburbs, and people used to stare at us because we were different. We created eyewear to block eye contact.”

Underground Gourmet Review

At Güeros Brooklyn, a Tex-Mex breakfast specialty takes root.

Bintje Potatoes

Neither exceptionally starchy nor waxy, it’s a remarkably flavorful French-fry lover’s potato.

A First Look at Smile to Go

Unlike the Smile proper, the emphasis is on takeout.

A First Look at ABV

The 60-seat ABV is practically palatial, with a wine bar, a food bar, and three communal tables.

A First Look at 606 R&D

City Bakery alums Ilene Rosen and Sara Dima are almost ready to unveil their Prospect Heights canteen and mini-mart.

The Starter Apartment

The moment for first-time buyers may be right now.

Culture

Undercover Brother

Nick Jonas spends his vacation from teen-pop on Broadway.

The TV Review

Underdogs and character actors seek redemption in David Milch’s Luck.

It Ain’t Necessarily...

Musical? Opera? Rapture? Travesty? Two critics on the remade Porgy and Bess.

The Book Review

Lamenting the hard lives of young girls, Caitlin Flanagan ends up in a dream world all her own.

The Movie Review

In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close becomes fear personified.

The Oscar Farce

The awards are meaningless. But that’s just the start of it.

Agenda

Goat Town Launches Monday Tex-Mex Menu

Chef Julie Farias hasn’t forsaken her Texas roots.

Departments

Comments: Week of January 30, 2012

Readers sound off on Carl Kruger, the "Workplace Confidential" cover story, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of January 30, 2012

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

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